Policy Development Framework
The ultimate objective of this task is to enhance scientific networks and to increase the potential of EaP partners to compete in EU’s programmes, while the immediate objective of this task is to support the design and creation of supportive national framework conditions to facilitate the achievement of this final objective.
Task 4.1: Policy development framework
Activity 4.1a Training seminars in Research and Innovation policy
Two seminars (i.e. first and second year) will be organised to cover a broad spectrum of topics such as IPR, science/industry links, Peer Review, research integrity including ethical behaviour, open access, etc.
The content will be fine-tuned based on the policy dialogue activities (WP1, mainly, Task 1.1), the STI cooperation barometer (Task 4.1b) and input from reviews and missions to the respective countries (Task 1.3a).
The seminars will take place in EU countries and will be associated to study visits of the participants to local agencies, ministries, etc. responsible for R&I. Trainers will be senior experts from the consortium as well as external experts with a long-standing record in STI policy. The seminars will be held in Austria and Greece. For each seminar three high-level policy makers will be selected from each EaP country.
Activity 4.1 b STI Cooperation Barometer
An ‘S&T cooperation barometer’ between EU and EaP has commenced already in the IncoNet EaP project. It has purposefully been addressed to stakeholders and researchers with EU-EaP R&D cooperation experience in order to analyse any perceived developments on the ground (“sounding board”) regarding the development of framework conditions, cooperation opportunities and potentials of bi-regional STI cooperation over time. Online-questionnaires have been sent to around 600 contacts in two rounds under the IncoNet EaP project and the results have been analysed. In this project two more rounds of questionnaires will be sent and analysed since it is important to monitor the cooperation over time and observe the trends, which will feed other tasks (e.g. policy dialogue, training and dissemination activities, etc.).