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PRESS RELEASE - 1st Policy Dialogue of MIRRIS in Malta

Malta - April 08, 2014
The participation of Malta in FP7 has been discussed today within the framework of MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) an international platform bringing together the EU 12 Countries and Croatia. The MIRRIS Consortium in cooperation with  Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST) organised the 1st out of 3 rounds of meetings with key Maltese stakeholders to address the main elements concerning the participation and the performance of national key actors in the 7th framework programme.
Malta’s success rate in FP7 is very close to the average of the EU13 but is below the average of the EU27. The number of FP7 participations for Malta is much larger than would be expected for a country of Malta’s size: number of FP7 participations per million inhabitants is more than double the EU27 average, and significantly above the average of the EU13.

Malta's success rate in applying for FP7 funding is very close to the overall EU13 average. Malta has a good gain of FP7 funding per inhabitant, standing at €35, much better than the EU13 average (€13.5 per inhabitant) but still far from the EU 28 average (€58 per inhabitant). On the other hand Malta has the lowest level of FP7 funding per beneficiaries in the EU 28, € 91,503 against € 167,617 for the EU 13 and €324,116 for the EU28.
Malta’s participation in the European Research Area is relatively strong in several thematic areas, particularly: “ICT",  “Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities”, “Security” and “Food agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology”.
The results of this roundtable and two others that will follow after the summer will contribute to understanding how R&D and innovation actors work in Malta and to define a common approach to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the participation of Maltese entities in H2020 to accelerate the incorporation of innovation and increase competitiveness and openness.
Mirris is a support action funded under FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities programme.
The Malta Council for Science & Technology
The MCST is the government body responsible for research and innovation policy and strategy, science communication, management of the national R&I  funding programme and is the national contact point organisation for the EU Research Framework Programme (FP) and Horizon 2020.
MIRRIS is a support action funded under FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities programme.
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 to propose new initiatives to improve participation to Horizon 2020.
MIRRIS seeks to promote a high level of participation and funding within the European Research Area and Framework Programmes, by 1) understanding success factors 2) identifying key actions and 3) mobilizing key stakeholders for improving performance and better exploiting H2020 and synergies with structural funds. 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.
MIRRIS is funded under FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities programme and implemented by a consortium of 12 leading organizations in the field of research and innovation.
About META Group – MIRRIS Project Coordinator
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under agreement n°320209