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13 Dec 2018

Commission publishes Dynamic Network Analysis of the EU R&I Framework Programme

A European Commission paper published on 11 December 2018 explores certain aspects of collaborations between Framework Programme participants and provides evidence related to the dynamic evolution of the network of participants to the Programme. The analysis covers the evolution since the Sixth Framework Programme of the national beneficiary entities in the participant networks and focuses on cross-country collaborations. In particular, the analysis highlights how the situation of entities has changed over the last decade. The paper is based on monitoring data of Horizon 2020 and its predecessor programmes, FP6 and FP7.

The study concludes that the most central countries in the network are also the largest ones: Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain. This observation is expected as country size correlates with the number of participations in the Framework Programme and the number of collaborations between participants. Participants from associated countries and third countries are less central on average than EU participants, but these country groups are very heterogeneous. For instance, Switzerland and Norway are very important actors in the network.

When normalising by country size, the most central country in Horizon 2020 is Finland, followed by Slovenia. Slovenia, Cyprus, Estonia and Malta are as central as EU-15 countries. Still, other EU-13 countries are found at the bottom of the ranking. Slovenia, Luxembourg, Croatia, Portugal and Cyprus show the most striking increases in terms of size-normalised centrality from FP7 to Horizon 2020, while the UK and Hungary have dropped positions.

The study can be downloaded here.

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