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21 Mar 2018

EP study looks at how to overcome innovation gaps in Europe

The aim of this study by the European Parliamentary Research Service is to explore, identify and shed light on the reasons for the low participation and success rate of the EU-13 countries, in order to improve their future performance in Horizon 2020 and FP9. The study includes an extensive literature review on various aspects of EU-13 participation in FPs, a comprehensive data analysis to allow a number of hypotheses regarding the origins of the low participation and success rates of the EU-13 countries in FP7 and Horizon 2020 to be tested empirically, an online survey among public research institutions, universities and business enterprises, and interviews with policy-makers.

In order to explore possible explanations for the low participation and low success rates, 11 hypotheses were chosen and tested by a data analysis. The results of these tests provided an indication as to where the heart of the problem of low EU-13 participation really lies.

The study finds the issue of the low level of participation of the EU-13 in the framework programme has no one-size-fits-allsolution. On the basis of the research and interviews with policymakers and policy experts, a summary has been made of the main barriers to the participation and success of the EU-13 countries. The paper states that any strategy to stop the pattern of persistent, low participation in the FP requires action at three levels: (1) the local level of research and innovation organisations, (2) the national level of research and innovation systems, and (3) the European level. Policy options will be most successful if they address the situation at multiple levels.

The full paper can be downloaded here.

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