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PRESS RELEASE - 2nd Policy Dialogue in Estonia

The 2nd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Estonia took place in Tallinn on 05 March 2015.
 
The dialogue was hosted by the Estonian Research Council (ETAG) and moderated by the MIRRIS Coordinator, META.
During the event, the best practices addressing the participation to the EU programmes were presented on behalf of the Agency for Promotion of European research, APRE, by Ms. Margot Bezzi and the Center for Technology Transfer of the Josef Štefan Institute (JSI) by the Head of the Office, Ms. Špela Stres.
 
During the dialogue, with more than 13 Estonian stakeholders from the Research organisation, Ministries and National Agencies present, META presented the key findings of the 1st MIRRIS policy dialogue that was held in Tallinn on 17 June 2014, including the gap and SWOT analysis addressing the factors having an impact on the Estonian participation to the EU programmes, that was approved by the present stakeholders. During the dialogue, national stakeholders reflected on their own institutional concerns and institutional strategies in order to improve the participation in HORIZON 2020. MIRRIS was found a good tool to identify priorities and support the preparation of a roadmap to activate changes. In particular, Estonian stakeholders highlighted the need for support regarding the capacity building activities (train the trainer scheme for evaluators of EU programmes) as well as for the peer review with a country like Slovenia for the purpose of sharing of knowledge and the best practices to further build and strengthen the national expertise of Estonia in the field of research excellence.
 
 
In order to support and motivate the discussion, MIRRIS brought the above noted experts from JSI and APRE to join the dialogue and share the best  practices on behalf on their organisations as well as to provide further recommendations based on their experience. On behalf of APRE, Ms. Bezzi presented a case study on participation of the Italian representatives to the Programme Committee for the Societal Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020. Ms. Stress presented the activities performed by the JSI to support participation to the ERA, in particular the services, the extent of human resources involved as well as the results. In particular, Ms. Stres highlighted the activities performed in the area of exploitation of research results, which is the area where majority of EU 13 countries lack results. Estonia and Slovenia are countries comparable in terms of size, therefore activities of the JSI as well as the Slovenian national model of allocation of funds for research organisations was found very interesting and motivational for the participants.
After the 2nd Policy dialogue, MIRRIS will work alongside with Estonian stakeholders to prepare the 3rd dialogue, scheduled for this autumn. The objective of the 3rd cycle will be to translate the intervention measures discussed in March into priorities and a roadmap for implementation.
 
 
About MIRRIS Host Organisation
 
Estonian Research Council is a governmental foundation that was established on the basis of the Estonian Science Foundation and combined with the Research Cooperation Centre, a department of the Archimedes Foundation, acting as a Seventh Framework Programme National Contact Point. Estonian Research Council was established to concentrate the funding of R&D and guarantee the better functioning of financing systems. The body is the main funding organization of R&D, consolidating different grants and types of funding and giving research more visibility in the society.
 
 
About MIRRIS

MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action  aiming at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of R&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU12 and Croatia and activate initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.
MIRRIS seeks to promote a more effective participation to the European Research Area and Framework Programmes, by 1) understanding success factors 2) identifying key actions and 3) mobilizing stakeholders for improving performance and better exploiting H2020 and synergies with ESIF. To achieve this goal MIRRIS will organize 3 rounds of policy dialogue in each target country, promote mutual learning and prepare a road map for implementation.
 
 
About META – MIRRIS Project Coordinator

META is an international company fostering knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship at macro & micro scale. META Group addresses policy decision makers committed to improve regional competitiveness; entrepreneurs keen to start up or further develop a venture; researchers, willing to set up their own company.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209