MIRRIS presents its preliminary findings
MIRRIS Coordinator, META, was invited by DG Research and Innovation, Unit B6 Reflective Societies, to hold a closed-door workshop at the European Commission’s premises, on last October 29th 2014. The aim of the workshop was to present the main findings of the 1st round of policy dialogues held in the EU12 countries and Croatia, putting an emphasis on gaps and recommendations. 
MIRRIS Workshop gathered over 40 participants, namely representatives of EU 13 Member States and EU candidate countries. The presentation held by Mr. Andrea Di Anselmo (META), and the discussion which followed, focused on the main findings of the first cycle of policy dialogues, and namely on existing barriers in accessing and actively participating to the European Research Area (ERA). Barriers were divided in three main pillars:
  • Personal/Motivational: low incentives for researchers, lack of attractiveness of Framework Programmes (FP’s) funding compared to ERDF/ESIF and lack of interest in the topic addressed in R&D calls;
  • Organizational: lack of structural support to help applicants, limited resources for NCPs, weak capacity of drafting proposals, difficulty to maximise information to better address the participation of national stakeholders to working committees, no leverage on diaspora, weak involvement in European networks coupled with the difficulty to join existing EU15 network;
  • Structural: limited and instable national funding for R&D, in particular private one, brain drain and weak supporting infrastructure. 

Results were presented also on a country basis, to highlight the challenges that every single country is facing.
These issues were discussed with countries’ representatives, with particular interest for what concerns the possibility of promoting synergies between structural funds and FPs. This issue is very relevant since in many countries these two sources of funding are often in a kind of competition, meaning that the availability of structural funds causes a lack of interest for FPs. The topic of synergies was also presented by Ms. Tereza Krausova (Policy Officer at DG Regional and Urban Policy) and Mr. Mathieu Doussineau (European Commission-DG JRC). They are in charge of the initiative Stairway to Excellence, project aimed to support post 2004 regions and countries to implement activities to better participate to Horizon 2020 and to exploit the results of earlier participation to FPs. MIRRIS started a cooperation with the project Stairway to Excellence consisting in an exchange of information and in participating to ones another’s events.
As a consecutive step, and in order to provide countries with adaptable and transferable solutions, MIRRIS Consortium presented a set of 28 European good practices and case studies, selected among a number of support measures successfully implemented in different countries and directly connected to an increase in participation to EU R&D Programmes. A few among these 28 practices will be used to feed the 2nd cycle of MIRRIS policy dialogues, namely inviting its implementers to directly present them during the dialogue meetings.
Due to the interest in further findings of MIRRIS, the 2nd MIRRIS workshop was preliminary scheduled for Autumn 2015 during which results of the 2nd cycle of Policy dialogues shall be presented.
More information on the preliminary analyses conducted by the MIRRIS consortium are available in the Scoping paper.
This exercise is based on a broad set of data with an aim to provide the best possible benchmark in between EU 13 and EU 15 when their participation to the ERA and FPs is concerned.
For more information and for the presentation, you can visit the link of the news of the event at the following link.