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PRESS RELEASE - 3rd MIRRIS Policy dialogue in Romania

European funding for Research & Innovation in Romania: an Activity Plan to increase the Romanian participation Bucharest, 15 February 2016

On 15th February 2016, the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation (ANCSI) has gathered national stakeholders, to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of the Romanian 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 National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation (ANCSI) has mobilised all the relevant decision makers to be present in the dialogue in Bucharest.
During the day the stakeholders discussed about the most suitable measures to be proposed for implementation and pilot testing actions aiming at increasing participation of the Romanian participants to the EU programmes. The main challenge of Romania is to tackle the brain drain, skills of research managers inside Romanian Research Organisations as well as visibility and recognition of Romanian research excellence.
In order to overcome these challenges, Romania shall endorse a set of measures addressing fragmentation of R&D&I, inventory of introduced but never implemented measures, establishment of measures based on the existing R&D&I framework, infrastructure, national research activities in order to strengthen  them through tailor made capacity building actions, which shall result in establishing of the strategy and vision of the RDI  in Romania based on  the competitive environment, cross linkages of disciplines for gaining visibility at the EU and international level.

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 in order 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