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PRESS RELEASE - 1st Policy Dialogue of MIRRIS in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland - March 31, 2014

The participation of Poland 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 Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) in cooperation with META Group organised the 1st out of 3 rounds of meetings with key Polish stakeholders to address the main elements concerning the participation and the performance of national key actors to the 7th framework programme.

Poland’s success rate in applying for FP7 monies is very close to the overall EU13 average. However because Poland has submitted relatively few applications (for its size) it has one of the smallest numbers of FP7 beneficiaries per head of population and one of the smallest gains of FP7 monies per inhabitant, standing at just €8.90. Public expenditure on R & D in Poland is comparable with the EU13 average but below that of the EU28, as is the availability of skills and employment in science and technology occupations. Business enterprise sector investment  on R & D is significantly below the EU13 average, however data from 2011 and 2012 show improvements. Poland also has comparably low rates of English speaking which might influence the ability to successfully apply for FP7 funding. Poland’s participation in the European Research Area is relatively strong in several thematic areas, particularly: “ICT,”  “Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies,” and “Transport.”

The results of this roundtable and two others that will follow right after the summer will contribute to understanding how R&D and innovation actors work in Poland and to define a common approach to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the participation of Polish R&D institutions, Universities and Enterprises, including SMEs, to 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.

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 structurl 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.

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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