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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 Malta
16 June 2019 to 31 March 2020

Malta has requested support in developing a tailor-made Open Access policy. The aim of this PSF Specific Support is to provide external advice and operational recommendations on defining the vision, goals and scope of the national Open Access policy, and on clarifying the requirements for its implementation. These include setting up the key infrastructure, such as a national platform and repository, and its governance, including fair use of data.


Specific Support to Latvia II
14 June 2019 to 31 March 2020

Latvia lags behind in R&D investment and science and technology skills. The aim of the PSF Specific Support to Latvia is to provide external advice and recommendations on reforms and actions to address the development of Latvia’s human capital for research and innovation (R&I), focusing on:

Specific Support to Latvia
9 December 2016 to 28 February 2018

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 Armenia
16 April 2019 to 16 December 2019

The Armenian authorities have asked the PSF Specific Support to Armenia to provide external advice and operational recommendations on possible reforms to address three challenges: developing a model for evaluation and assessment of public research institutions’ performance; assessing and improving the country’s performance-based funding system and advising on its implementation; and designing measures to bridge the gap between higher education and research.



Specific Support to Cyprus
15 March 2019 to 15 March 2020

The purpose of the PSF Specific Support to Cyprus is to provide tailored advice and concrete recommendations to the Cyprus authorities for the development of a policy framework and procedures that lift regulatory barriers and provide incentives to optimise the use of publicly funded laboratories by the business community. The recommendations will be used by the Cyprus authorities as a basis for the development of an action plan.


Specific Support to Montenegro - Towards Entrepreneurial Innovation Ecosystems in Montenegro.
5 June 2018 to 4 June 2019

The Specific Support to Montenegro provides external advice and operational recommendations on how the country could develop its entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. Specifically, the expert panel will provide advice on the necessary legislative changes, the design of a functional entrepreneurial innovation and startup support ecosystem model and the necessary funding schemes for startups and other actors of the ecosystem.



Specific Support to Tunisia
1 March 2018 to 31 January 2019

The goal of the PSF Specific Support to Tunisia – implemented by a team of independent European R&I policy experts – is to provide external advice and operational recommendations to the Tunisian authorities on possible reforms to undertake in the context of the ongoing restructuring of the national R&I system.


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.


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.


Specific Support to Lithuania
16 December 2016 to 31 October 2017

The Specific Support to Lithuania focused 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.


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