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PRESS RELEASE - 2nd Policy Dialogue in Hungary

The 2nd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Hungary took place in Budapest on 03 March 2015. The dialogue was hosted by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI) and was moderated and facilitated by the MIRRIS Consortium, META and EBN. During the event, the best practices addressing the participation to the EU programmes were presented on behalf of   the UCL European Research and Innovation Office (ERIO) by the Head of the Office, Mr. Michael Browne.

During the dialogue, in front of 22 Hungarian stakeholders from Research organisation, Ministries and National Agencies present, META presented the key findings of the 1st MIRRIS policy dialogue that was held in Budapest on 14 May 2014, including the gap and SWOT analysis addressing the factors having an impact on the Hungarian participation to the EU programmes, that was approved by the present stakeholders.

In order to support and motivate the discussion, MIRRIS brought the above noted expert from ERIO to join the dialogue and share the best  practices on behalf on the organisation as well as to provide further recommendations based on their experience. Mr. Browne presented the history of ERIO and how the project office was created at the UCL, including the challenges they were facing along the way when advocating the importance and the benefits of the participation to the ERA. Mr. Browne pointed out the importance of the services provided for the support of researchers, in particular those that are interested in undertaking a role of the project leaders. Mr. Browne also stressed the strategic value of an internal project proposal writing department in order to better exploit the “in house” research excellence.

After the 2nd Policy dialogue, MIRRIS will work alongside with Hungarian 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 Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary is a national strategic and funding agency for scientific research, development and innovation, the primary source of advice on RDI policy for the Hungarian Government, and the primary RDI funding agency. It is a body that has the aim of creating stable institutional framework for the governmental coordination of the national RDI ecosystem funded by the state budget through the Ministry of Education and Research.
The NRDI prepares the RDI strategy of the Hungarian Government, to handle the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund, and represents the Hungarian Government and a Hungarian RDI community in international organizations.


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