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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Estonia

European funding for Research & Innovation in Estonia: an Activity Plan to increase the Estonian participation Tallinn, 01 December 2015

On 1th December 2015, the Estonian Research Council has gathered national stakeholders to discuss and prioritise measures which could improve the participation of the Estonian organisation to the EU programme for Research & Innovation.
The event was organised in the frame of the European initiative MIRRIS. The dialogue is the third one of a cycle where the hosting Estonian research Council has mobilised all the relevant decision makers to be present in the dialogue in Tallinn.
During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing aiming at increasing participation of the Estonian participants to the EU programmes. The main challenge of Estonia is to tackle the brain drain and promote Estonian research excellence in order to achieve visibility and recognition.
Estonia needs to consider both short term actions to develop a community of experienced researchers and to develop their presence in the international community, particularly around the pre-conditions for participation in European Research Area, as well as a long term strategy to ensure the development of a sustainable research infrastructure which can support efforts to reach the targets set out in the R&D&I strategies.
With implementation of the right strategies around developing co-operation between business and researchers within and beyond Estonia, supporting the development of a skilled research community, and providing incentives for these researchers to participate in European Programmes, Estonia should be able to create an effective pathway for an increased participation in the ERA.
Furthermore, the implementation of the above noted activities was observed from the point of synergies at national level among Structural Funds and Horizon 2020. Participants, following the input proposed by the project coordinator META, discussed a broader scope of potential actions to be undertaken to improve the participation in Horizon 2020 and to upgrade the national system of Research and Innovation.
The MIRRIS Consortium will continue to support the implementation of actions engaging peers to provide tailored coaching in the areas with the highest priority identified during the dialogue.


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.

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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