The MLE will focus on exchanges of national practice at the operational level in relation to how best to support national participation in EU framework programmes, as well as how best to use ESIF and exploit synergies at the national level to build up a knowledge economy.
An overview on the MLE on Widening Participation and Strengthening Synergies
This report focuses on national-level solutions to shortages of information and skills that hold back participation in the EU’s research and innovation framework programmes (FP). It surveys the landscape of existing initiatives, and identifies lessons learned through exchanges of experience in five areas: 1) Information and guidance to potential FP participants; 2) Strategies for national positioning in the FP; 3) Skills development and training for research managers; 4) Incentives in the form of small-scale funding for project preparation and rewards for winning; and 5) promotion outside the country of its national assets and opportunities for cooperation.
This report provides lessons learned from the MLE devoted to widening participation to FP and enhancing synergies between FP and ESIF. The focus of this report is on national-level strategies, initiatives, programmes and schemes targeting the attraction of qualified R&D staff working abroad (within or outside the EU), into national research performing organisations from the public and private research sectors, namely PROs/HEIs and R&D-active companies. The topic also includes outgoing mobility schemes for national researchers.
The report reflects the results achieved in a workshop organised under the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) devoted to widening participation to FP and enhancing synergies between FP and ESIF.
The report reflects the results achieved in a workshop organised under the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) devoted to widening participation to FP and enhancing synergies between FP and ESIF. The focus of this report is on strategies, innovative mechanisms and schemes developed at national or regional level and aiming at improving networking through participation in a wide variety of EU-level initiatives, in order to reinforce capacities to participate in the EU FP. The report provides a landscape of existing initiatives, and identifies lessons learned through exchanges of experience with respect to national strategies for participating in EU networks and programmes, as well as lessons for specific EU-level networks.
This MLE aims to support national participation in EU Framework programmes, as well as to exploit synergies in using ESIF at the national level. The Modis Operandi sets out the scope, preliminary work plan and distribution of work for the exercise, aiming to inspire the discussions, and was agreed after the kick-off meeting.
At the Scoping Workshop, the main decisions were discussed and adopted for the implementation of the MLE, covering the scope, preliminary work plan and distribution of work for the exercise.
At the MLE kick-off meeting, national representatives from 15 countries will further discuss and agree on the final scope of the MLE. Discussions will address the seven preliminary topics on Synergies and Widening identified at the Scoping Workshop. An agreement will also be reached on the country visits and hosting countries. A draft modus operandi will inspire the discussions and this will be finalised after the meeting.
This first fact-finding visit covered topics 4 and 5 of the MLE: 'support for skills development, information sharing, communication and training' (with the aim of widening participation), and 'how to enable an effective and structured dialogue between Structural Fund managing authorities and Framework Programme authorities' (in order to identify and maximise synergies). The group of national participants discussed the topics and presentations from Spanish research and innovation stakeholders from both public and private sectors.
The national participants met Croatian research and innovation (R&I) stakeholders in order to gather information and discuss good practice on topics 1 and 7 of the MLE: how to attract qualified staff (including for the business R&I sector), and how to identify and exploit synergies at the operational level. They were accompanied on this second fact-finding visit by the MLE expert advisors.
This third fact-finding visit will see the national participants and MLE expert advisors meet Irish research and innovation (R&I) stakeholders in order to gather information and discuss good practice on improving networking through participation in a range of R&I actions.
This is an opportunity for national participants to meet research and innovation (R&I) stakeholders in order to gather information and discuss good practice on the last two topics of the MLE: how to encourage science-business cooperation and how to identify and exploit synergies at the policy and strategy level. They will again be accompanied on this final fact-finding visit by the MLE expert advisors.
The closing meeting will be an opportunity for the panel to present the findings through the produced Final Report. The European Commission, represented by Ms. Carli and Ms. Truco, will intervene focusing on "spreading excellence and widening participation" and "analysis and monitoring of the national research programmes". The team will also explore next steps and dissemination activities to be carried on.