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PRESS RELEASE - 1st Policy Dialogue of MIRRIS in Slovenia

Ljubljana - May 20, 2014
The participation of Slovenia to 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 the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia organised the 1st out of 3 rounds of meetings with key Slovenian stakeholders to address the main elements concerning the participation and the performance of national key actors to the 7th framework programme.
Slovenia’s success rate in FP7 is below the average of the EU13 and significantly below that of the EU28. If the success rate would improve coming closer to the EU average, Slovenian research performing institutes would participate in a significantly larger number of projects.

By contrast, the number of FP7 participations for Slovenia is much greater than would be expected for a country of Slovenia’s size, reflecting that the level of applications is high. Two most successful Slovenian institutions in FP7 (Institute Jozef Stefan and University of Ljubljana) are the leading institutions within EU-13 member states in their categories concerning the number of projects.
The gain per head of population is 66.50€, per inhabitant, which is closer to Greece and Germany and exceeds EU 13 average of 13.50€ as well as EU 27 standing at 58.04€. The average number of € per beneficiary in Slovenia is lower that the EU 13 average (130 k vs 167) and far from EU27 average (324k).

Slovenian research groups are relatively strong in several thematic areas, particularly: “ICT” (121 beneficiaries), “Nano, materials, production, tech” (80), and Environment related research. Slovenia has the highest level of patenting intensity of the new member states at 63 patents per million inhabitants, although this is below the EU27 average (110 patent per million).

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