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PRESS RELEASE - 2nd policy dialogue of MIRRIS in Czech Republic

The 2nd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Czech Republic took place in Prague on April 1, 2015, hosted by the Technology Centre ASCR 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 very interactive dialogue, with more than 25 Czech stakeholders from Research organizations, Ministries and National Agencies, Mr. Stijn Delauré illustrated 5 success factors to make the allocation of research funds more effective and to better prepare research groups for the European competition. Participants highlighted that even if the participation of the Czech Republic to the ERA and H2020 is satisfactory, there is still the need for improvements.
MIRRIS was found a good tool to identify priorities and support the preparation of a roadmap to activate changes. In addition to the need of a strategic approach to the participation to EC R&D participants highlighted the importance of specific trainings for project coordinators as well as ERC applicants to improve participation to EU programmes.
After the 2nd Policy dialogue, MIRRIS will work alongside with Czech 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 April into priorities and a roadmap for implementation.

About MIRRIS Host Organisation

Technology Centre ASCR, supports participation of the Czech Republic in the European Research Area, prepares analytical and conceptual studies for research and development, performs international technology transfers and supports the creation and development of innovation businesses.

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 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