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.
During the kick-off meeting the Latvian authorities presented the rationale behind their request for the specific support and discussed with the PSF panel of experts the main bottlenecks in regards the funding allocation systems and the main challenges in relation to the governance and the organisational structure of Latvian public funding. In addition main decisions were taken for the implementation of the specific support: scope, expected outcome, timetables, work plan, distribution of work. Particular discussion were devoted to the organisation of the First country visit: stakeholders list, topics and main issues to address, draft agenda.
The PSF expert panel visited Riga on 27-29 March 2017 to meet Latvian authorities and a wide range of relevant stakeholders from institutions, industry and academia. They discussed the main challenges facing the Latvian public funding system for research and innovation. This allowed the experts to gather further information on the current funding allocation processes and governance, and will help them perform their analyses and propose recommendations tailored to the country’s needs.