With a view to improve efficiency of public funding in research and addressing major societal challenges, Member States have identified the need to improve the alignment and interoperability of their national programmes. Building on the Lund Declaration, the ERAC Joint Programming Group (GPC) has launched an MLE to address the need to foster national coordination by looking at national preconditions for participation in JPP (Joint Programming Process) / JPI (Joint Programming Initiatives), national governance structures and communication flows and visibility.
The Modus Operandi defines the scope, the objectives, envisaged outcomes and the preliminary time schedule of the MLE. It also describes the working approach and methodology the group will follow as well as the distribution of work of all participants.
This Report is the 1st of five that will be prepared as the main deliverables of the MLE. It builds upon the discussions and conclusions reached at the working meeting in Brussels on 3 October 2016. It also includes insights gained from interviews with participant countries and their specific written contributions.
This is the second of five reports that will be produced as the main deliverables of the MLE on Alignment and Interoperability of Research Programmes. It is concerned with the role that National Preconditions play for a more efficient and effective participation in the Joint Programming Process (JPP)1 including Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and other public-to-public partnerships (P2Ps).
At the Kick-off meeting main decisions were adopted for the implementation of the MLE: results to be accomplished, scope, work plan and distribution of work. The Vice Chair of the GPC also updated of the work of the ERAC Joint Programming Group (GPC) and its Working Group of Long Term Strategy.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Challenge Paper on National Coordination based on a review of background information, discussions at the kick-off meeting on 7 July and telephone interviews with representatives of 10 countries that are participating in this MLE.
The meeting was dedicated to discuss the five key factors identified as national preconditions to succeed in the alignment process. For each participating country a discussion took place on the policy reforms needed to overcome existing barriers. The outcome of the meeting is the second report of the MLE on "National Preconditions".
The meeting was dedicated to discuss the key factors related to governance and the policy reforms needed to overcome existing barriers for each participating country. The outcome of the meeting will be the third report of the MLE on "Governance", to be discussed during the next country visit.
The meeting was dedicated to discuss the key factors related to communication and visibility and the policy reforms needed to overcome existing barriers for each participating country. The outcome of the meeting will be the fourth report of the MLE on "Communication".
There is a huge potential for boosting the efficiency of public funding for research, and improving impacts on major societal challenges, if national programmes are better aligned and coordinated in order to facilitate greater cooperation. This meeting will discuss the final report of the MLE on Alignment and Interoperability of national research programmes.
This final event of the MLE will discuss the findings of the project, and lessons learned, with all interested Member States. It will include addresses by the Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), W. Burtscher, and the Slovenian State Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Tomaž Boh. There will also be presentations from three national policy experts, on the main experiences and lessons of the MLE and future policy reforms, as well as a panel discussion featuring representatives from Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), DG RTD and policy experts from various countries. An announcement for the event will be circulated to members of the High-Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC).