Austria launches new EU Performance Monitoring for RTI
As of 1 July 2014, the Austrian EU Performance Monitoring for RTI (“EU-PM”) is available at http://www.bmwfw.gv.at/eu-pm. The new monitoring project is carried out by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and is jointly commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministries with research responsibilities (BMWFW - Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, BMVIT – Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and BMLFUW – Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management).
Since Austria’s accession to the EU in 1995, EU research funds have become an indispensable funding instrument for the Austrian RTI scene, with Austria aiming to increase its return flow of funds further in Horizon 2020. Monitoring Austrian RTI performance in the EU programmes has been and will remain a key instrument in this context.
Taking into account an evaluation of monitoring in FP7 as well as the anticipated changes in the overall EU research environment for the Horizon 2020 period, the EU-PM has the following scope:
- collecting, processing and communicating reliable data on Austria’s participation in EU research programmes and initiatives;
- enriching these data with expert data analysis and interpretation;
- providing an online library with regular periodic data analyses as well as data analyses on request, with its files available for download;
- covering Horizon 2020 and additional relevant RTI funding initiatives in ERA.
- From July 2015 onwards, an interactive online portal will allow users to carry out individual data analyses and to export aggregated data for further processing.
With the FFG as new project contractor, additional synergies have been created: For the first time it will be possible to combine EU data with relevant national data, to benefit from the FFG’s expert know-how and thus provide strategic intelligence to RTI players in Austria.
The new EU-PM online portal at www.bmwfw.gv.at/eu-pm offers an improved service level to its users: As of 1 July 2014, standard reports are available through its online library. As of 1 July 2015, an interactive online portal will make the underlying aggregated data accessible and exportable for further use, always considering relevant data protection regulations, while still providing the possibility of addressing specific requests for analyses to the FFG team.
The features of the online portal will continue to be enhanced, also based on regular user feedback: User workshops will be held twice a year.
Contact information (user comments, requests):
Service line (FFG): +43-5-7755-2020