• The first news explores one of the most important considerations emerged by MIRRIS policy dialogues: the importance of being part of Brussels-based network and associations as a first step to successful application.
  • The second news provides a first, preliminary comparison of EU13 countries participation in H2020, as compared to the first two years of the Seventh Framework Programme.
  • The third news is dedicated to a webinar that will take place on 22nd October 2015, about which are the key factors influencing a successful participation of innovation systems to the European Research Area.
  • The fourth and final news is a reflection on disruption and on the key drivers of innovation in the new century. The reflection focuses in particular on the entrepreneurship culture – which is present differently from place to place – as a necessary underpinning cultural characteristic making possible the transition between knowledge and a vital knowledge economy.  The article was written by Andrea Di Anselmo, from META, MIRRIS coordinator, and is based on a recent study by Sam Gosling, Jason Rentfrow, David Audretsch, and others.

Build your network in Brussels: how participation to Brussels-based networks can increase your chances of success

During the first two cycles of policy dialogues a few issues got special attention as strongly connected to successful participation to EU direct funding. One of these was the importance of being represented within EU associations and networks, and especially in those located in Brussels. This factor was highlighted has one of the most effective variables for EU13 to invest on in order to increase their participation to EU-funded R&I projects.
Based on a survey of FP7 beneficiaries, it appears that European associations and networks based in Brussels are involved in more than 450 projects. They have caught around €450 million, i.e. an average of nearly €1 million per project. They are active in all FP7 themes and represent a wide range of interests, from researchers to industry or NGOs.
It has been shown how an active involvement in European associations and networks located in Brussels can provide three major types of advantages for EU13 stakeholders seeking benefits from H2020, i.e.

  • visibility by peers
  • early information about consortium formation
  • intelligence about calls (such as pre-information, strategic vision, writing tips, informal contacts with officials).

You can find here  the list of 449 Brussels-based associations which might be of interest. 
As an additional and future analysis, it would be useful to deepen the consideration above studying (1) how many EU13 organisations are members of their professional associations and networks and how proactive they are in those organisations and (2) how the European organizations and networks are involving EU13 stakeholders/members.
To read and download the MIRRIS analysis and update documents in a form of Annex 1 and 2 on Networks and associations, islands and non-capital regions click here:


From FP7 to Horizon 2020: first observations

Here are some preliminary data regarding EU13 countries’ comparative participation in FP7 and in Horizon2020.

The analysis conducted within the framework of MIRRIS by EURADA, has been based on the data concerning 2007 and 2008 of FP7 calls – representing 19.242 beneficiaries for a total of 5,9 billion – and on a sample of more than 3500 H2020 projects – for a total of some 15.812 beneficiaries engaged and a budget of 6,2 billion €.
Regarding EU13 participation, their “market share” in H2020 in terms of both number of beneficiaries and € received, has not shown significant improvement as compared to 2007-2008 FP7 data (i.e. the first two years of running of the previous Framework Programme). In particular, if the market share of EU13 countries amounted to 11% in terms of number of beneficiaries, and to 5,6% for volume of Euros captured, the corresponding values in H2020 are of 10,35% (N of beneficiaries) and of 4,2% (volume of € captured). 
These are of course just preliminary and partial observations, but they are nonetheless indicative on how focusing on filling the gap, and on the underlying causes of this gap, remains a urgent issue within the European Research Area (ERA).
The analysis provides also:

  • the comparative data for each EU country, highlighting how the “market share” has evolved in the last years.
  • the list of the top 4/5 best performing regions for each EU country. This data are important in a perspective of increased synergy between H2020 and ESIF funds.
  • the types of beneficiaries per country, divided in higher education institutes, enterprises, research centres, public institutions and others.  

To read and download the MIRRIS Scoping paper addendum click here: MIRRIS Scoping Paper Addendum

How to successfully enter the European Research Area? A webinar to discuss success factors

To keep up with international competitors and make the European Union the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy, Europe as a whole needs to advance significantly in research and innovation performance. Some of the European countries are lagging behind in their capacity to effectively exploiting EU programmes supporting research, development and innovation (R&D&I), and obstacles can be sought among local conditions, resources and assets faceting a specific system.
This one-hour webinar (22nd October 2015, from 1 to 2 pm CEST) aims at summarizing which are the personal/motivational, structural and organizational barriers that influence countries’ participation to the EU Research Programmes and their success factors, as well as to analyse the challenges connected to the implementation of a roadmap to overcome these barriers.
The methodology presented will be the one elaborated during the MIRRIS project, aimed at offering a forum discussion regarding possible solutions and impact monitoring. A portfolio of suitable intervention schemes for EU Member countries is now available, thanks to the extensive policy learning exercise the MIRRIS project has undertaken.
MIRRIS has identified barriers and potential gaps of 13 EU target countries (i.e. Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), and for each of those has identified priorities allowing to strengthen strategic partnerships with European Universities and other stakeholders.
The webinar will give you access to a wide range of precious insights resulting from policy dialogues organized in the 13 MIRRIS target countries, as well as from the mutual learning experience among key stakeholders, namely research, innovation and institutional actors from all over Europe.
Andrea Di Anselmo from META, MIRRIS Coordinator, and MIRRIS expert Dr Stijn Delaurè from the Leuven University, will share their lessons learnt and provide a concrete examples of activities to perform, including a set of tailored "coaching activities" that MIRRIS will make available to the 13 target countries in the upcoming months.
The Q&A session with the Expert might also be a perfect occasion to discuss your ideas about an action plan for your country and take advantage from already validated lessons learned for a successful uptake to make the difference in Europe and abroad.
To get connected please send an email to  including the following information: name and surname; organization; country and email address. You will receive a personalized link with all the necessary information to access the platform and intervene during the session.
For any further information and to read the abstract of the session and the Speakers’ bios please visit this page.

Traditional vs Disruptive ecosystems: which is the recipe for the 21st century?

How to balance traditional innovation aspects and the new features of the emerging disruptive innovation ecosystems? At which extent the entrepreneurship culture – as an inherent characteristic of different territories, which is present differently from place to place – is a necessary underpinning cultural characteristic making possible the transition between knowledge and a vital knowledge economy?
Based on a recent study by Sam Gosling, Jason Rentfrow, David Audretsch, this article, written by MIRRIS coordinator, Andrea Di Anselmo, raises some important questions concerning the elements of the entrepreneurship culture that are really able to make the difference in the new century’s innovation ecosystems.
Easy access to support, availability of modern and open infrastructures (co-working spaces, maker-spaces, etc...); community services (kindergartens, housing, education, culture), testing facilities and access to users and a public sector able to play a new facilitator role: these are just a few new enablers we should include in our innovation mindset, when designing a holistic and impact-generating innovation ecosystem.
Read the full article here