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.