The objective of the Peer Review of the Maltese Research and Innovation (R&I) System is to provide recommendations to inform the design of the next National R&I Strategy Plan 2020. The review will assess to what extent Malta has adequate and appropriate policies, structures, resources, measures and instruments in place to achieve the country's goals. In contrast to reviews of the Maltese R&I system carried out in the past, which have been partial in scope, the present exercise tackles the entire R&I system.
The Peer Review aims at supporting Malta’s efforts to support the Research and Innovation (R&I) capacity building and improve the dynamics of the R&I system and the efficiency of current public investments in R&I. It is expected that the results of the exercise will feed into the development of the new R&I strategy post-2020.
The expert team met and discuss with the Maltese authorities the rationale and expectations for the peer review of the country's research and innovation system. In particular, discussions focused on the main dimensions of the peer review, i.e. the existing policies and instruments in place and the structure of the R&I system. In addition to the content of the peer review, the main practical details of its implementation - such as the work plan, the distribution of work among the members of the expert panel and the preparation for the first visit - were addressed.
Peer Review of the Maltese R&I system: the first fact-finding country visit to Malta aimed at identifying the research and innovation (R&I) challenges that Malta is facing. The expert panel met with policy-makers in charge of research and innovation policy as well as other relevant policies such as education and enterprise policy. The experts also held on-site meetings with researchers, research infrastructures managers, young entrepreneurs and innovators as well as business representatives. The country visit was organised in close collaboration with the Malta Council for Science and Technology.
The expert panel in charge of the Peer Review conducted a second visit to Malta. The objective of this visit was to discuss and validate with the stakeholders the preliminary findings. Based on the two country visits and existing evidence, the PSF experts delivered their analysis of the Maltese R&I system as well as their recommendations to the Maltese government for the next R&I Strategy.