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PRESS RELEASE - 2nd policy dialogue of MIRRIS in Romania

The 2nd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Romania took place in Bucharest on 17 April 2015. The dialogue was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and moderated by META. During the event, successful practices by the International Funds Office at the Catholic University of Leuven were presented by the Head of the Office, Mr. Stijn Delauré.
During the dialogue with more than 22 stakeholders from Research organization, Ministries and National Agencies  present, Mr. Delauré illustrated 5 success factors to make the allocation of research funds more effective and to better prepare research groups for the European competition. One of the main issue highlighted was the Romania system of allocation of funds for research organization, the rules of the system and the interest for the practices presented from Flanders  and KU Leuven. Another topic of interest raised during the dialogue was the support offered to researchers to participate to the ERA and to commercialize research results. 
National stakeholders found the analysis conducted by the MIRRIS Consortium very precise and to the point, in particular the analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) concerning the Romanian R&D&I system in terms of participation to the EU programmes. The analysis was supported with a list of concrete actions and good practices with an aim to inspire national stakeholders for the identification of the intervention measures as well as for the implementation process.
After the 2nd Policy dialogue, MIRRIS will work alongside with Romanian 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

The National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation (ANCSI) is a specialized body of the central public administration, funded by the state budget through the Ministry of Education and Research, through which it performs the tasks in scientific research, technological development and innovation. ANCSI coordinates the implementation of the Strategy and Governance Programme in scientific research, technological development and innovation.

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.

(1) To the event participated representatives of the ANCSI, of the Universities Politehnica of Bucharest, Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy – Timișoara, Academy of agriculture and of the National institutes for R&D for: Textiles and leather, Machines for agriculture and food industry, Metals and Aerospace,  construction, Micro technologies, physics and  Nuclear Engineering, Urban planning and sustainable spatial development.
(2) In particular, the Strategic Basic Research financing channel, the Industrial Research fund and the Centres of Excellence.
(3) MIRRIS is funded under FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities programme and implemented by a consortium of 11 leading organizations in the field of research and innovation.

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