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Specific support

Specific support to countries provide tailored advice, expertise, and good practice to help Member States and Associated Countries in the design or implementation of a specific reform concerning R&I strategies, programmes or institutions.

This tailored support provides concrete recommendations on how to tackle a specific R&I policy challenge and how to implement the accompanying reforms.



Specific support to Bulgaria
9 January 2017 to 30 September 2017

The aim of this PSF activity is to support the Bulgarian authorities in the development of (1) a research performance-based funding system, inspired by Member States best practices, and (2) a model for the evaluation and assessment of the public research institutions' performances.  This activity aims to further implement the recommendations of the 2015 PSF Peer Review of the Bulgarian R&I system, in particular recommendation n°5 concerning the allocation system for institutional funding.


Specific Support to Latvia
9 December 2016 to 31 October 2017

In order to support the Latvian authorities in the completion of the reform of the Latvian funding system for public research, the PSF experts' panel will review the funding allocation systems and processes (for both project funding and institutional funding) and propose any improvements required to correspond to best practice while being adapted to the Latvian situation. An overall institutional/ organisational structure for managing the funding system, tailored to the specificities of the Latvian situation will be developed.


Specific support to Lithuania
16 December 2016 to 15 December 2017

The specific support to Lithuania will focus on an assessment of the current situation, an identification of the policy levers to be used and concrete recommendations (policy and implementation schemes level) to tackle the key barriers in relation to science-business cooperation and attraction of innovation oriented FDI.


Specific Support to Malta on Monitoring the National Research and Innovation Strategy
2 November 2015 to 30 June 2016

The PSF specific support provided assistance to Malta for the development of a set of key performance indicators to be used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the national R&I Strategy and the measures in its Action Plan.


Specific Support to Romania
6 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

The PSF support to Romania is aimed to assess the country's entrepreneurship ecosystem and provide a set of concrete recommendations on how to implement a reform for stimulating innovative entrepreneurship and for creating an environment conducive for growth of technological start-ups.


Specific support to Slovakia
1 March 2016 to 31 October 2016

The PSF support to Slovakia was conducted in the context of the national "Strategy to support start-ups and further develop the start-up ecosystem" and the envisaged creation of a start-up committee. Its goal was to provide recommendations on how to promote entrepreneurship and start-ups, how to improve the incubation/acceleration system and how to establish a scheme to support business angels.



Specific support to Slovenia
9 December 2016 to 30 September 2017

The main objectives of the PSF specific support to Slovenia are to identify and recommend measures to further develop (1) The internationalisation of the Slovenian science base (through both cross-border researchers' mobility and cooperation), and (2) The cooperation between the science base and businesses. The final report will include an assessment of the current situation, an identification of the policy levers to be used and concrete recommendations to tackle the key barriers in relation to both focus areas.


Specific support to Georgia
5 October 2017 to 30 May 2018

The main objectives of the PSF specific support to Georgia - to be implemented by the team of independent European R&I policy experts - will be to assist the Georgian government in identifying promising research fields, suggesting measures for narrowing the gap between research and industry/business, and developing a proposal for the performance-based funding of research organisations.

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