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. The experts will focus on the following areas: (i) Policy mechanisms to promote private participation in R&D and strengthen public-private cooperation in research, and (ii) development of a methodology for defining research priorities – combining bottom-up consultation processes with top-down defined priorities – and of a smart specialisation policy focused on the most relevant areas.
An overview of the PSF Specific Support to Tunisia
The Specific Support to Tunisia will kick-off with a discussion on its two main focus areas – business participation in R&D activities and defining research priorities – and the schedule for a series of fact-finding visits to the country. The PSF team includes independent European R&I policy experts from Austria, Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland.
In this first PSF Specific Support action for an EU-associated country outside Europe, the panel of policy experts and peers from other countries will meet a range of stakeholders in the Tunisian R&I system, from public administration and research organisations to the private sector. The mission will allow the panel to look at the status of public-private R&D cooperation in the country and discuss potential policy instruments for fostering such collaboration, as well as the processes involved in the design of Tunisia’s national research priorities to facilitate their appropriation by stakeholders.
The expert panel will meet research and innovation stakeholders from the public and private sectors during this second visit to Tunisia. It will be an opportunity to discuss the panel's preliminary findings and recommendations with the Tunisian authorities, as well as to undertake additional interviews with the R&I community in the country. This will help the experts to refine and complete their assessment on how to strengthen public-private cooperation in research and to improve the definition of research priorities.