1. Upcoming events in ZSI-projects (open to Austrian participants)
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» ALCUE NET (Latin America, Carribean and EU network on research and innovation) in partnership with COLCIENCIAS (Colombian governmental agency on STI) organises the yearly LAC (Latin America & Carribean) NCP meeting. It brings together all National Contact Points from the region and takes place on February 1-3 in Colombia. Find more info here.
» CAAST-Net Plus (The STI Cooperation between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe project) will hold a workshop on "The African Regional Economic Communities and Africa-EU STI cooperation" with representatives of the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on February 4-5 in Pretoria, South Africa. The RECs, CSA projects (Coordination and Support Action projects) and the networks of science academies will have the opportunities to present their work with a focus on the bi-regional cooperation in STI, to discuss potential fields of collaboration and to identify next steps for closer collaboration.
» The SEA-EU-NET II project (EU-ASEAN S&T cooperation project to jointly tackle societal challenges) hosts a workshop on the topic of "Water/Food/Health - water-related diseases", where information will be shared and cooperation networks will be built. The workshop takes place on February 15-17 in Vientiane/Laos.
» Danube-INCO.NET (Cooperation in Research and Innovation in the Danube Region Project) is co-organiser of a Smart Specialisation Strategy Workshop in Moldova on February 18-19, together with the JRC-IPTS (EC Joint Research Council - Institute for Prospective Technologies Studies) from Seville. Find more info here.
» On February 29, ERA-Can+ invites to join a round table on the application of nanotechnologies across the food chain that will bring together European and Canadian experts in Ottawa/Canada. An agenda will be developed and shared in January. Find the information on this event here.
» The SEA-EU-NET II project organises two further workshops in March then - one is on "Mycotoxins in ASEAN countries" (March 14-16, Pathum Thani/Thailand), the other on "Oil > (March 16-18, Nosa Dua/Indonesia). Also here registrations are open!
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» On November 24-25, 2016 the Austrian Platform for Research & Technology Policy Evaluation (Fteval) hosts the largest conference in Europe dedicated to the evaluation of policies in the field of research, technology and innovation policy. The conference "Open Evaluation 2016" will gather academics, evaluators, research managers, authorities and RTI policy makers to debate challenging developments in RTI policy and their effects on evaluation theory and practice. Make sure you register for this important event - early bird registrations is open until April 30. Info: "Open Evaluation 2016"
ZSI starts with three new H2020 projects into the new year
ZSI has just signed the contracts for three new H2020 projects, supporting cooperation with the USA, Brasil and the EaP countries
ZSI is involved in three new H2020 projects supporting the STI cooperation with important world regions. The project BILAT USA 4.0 focuses on the cooperation between the EU and the USA - the two most competitive areas with highly-productive, immensely-innovative and excellence-driven research and innovation systems. The INCOBRA (Increasing INternational Science, Technology and Innovation COoperation between BRAzil and the European Union)project aims to increase, enhance and focus Research and Innovation (R&I) cooperation between Brazil and the EU. And the EaP PLUS ('STI International Cooperation Network for EaP Countries Plus) project establishes better cooperation between researchers from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and EU MS to enhance the active participation of the EaP countries in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
BILAT USA 4.0
ZSI is among 16 project partners and particularly involved in the analytical and scoping activities, analysis of cooperation patterns through co-publication analysis, expert consultations as well as quality assurance and knowledge management. BILAT USA 4.0 has several main project activities, like the strategic priority setting for EU-US cooperation through identifying emerging STI fields, the establishing of optimal framework conditions through proposing concrete solutions for eliminating cooperation obstacles or the enhancment of coordination and synergies between different policies through analyzing EU, MS/AC and US programmes (to name only a few).
In INCOBRA ZSI is a general cross-cutter contributor to all WPs. But, by building upon its strategic planning and analysis capacity and its experience with dissemination and mobilization in previous FP7/H2020 projects, ZSI will provide major contributions mainly under WP1 (identifying emerging topics and opportunities in priority R&I areas for cooperation) and WP4(capacity building, sustainability).
In detail, ZSI is leading a task on the assessment of the cooperation performance of BR and EU R&I actors in projects funded by R&I programmes in BR and EU, particularly under FP7 and H2020. ZSI is also responsible for the installation of a web-based information system on information concerning the BR-EU cooperation landscape on R&I.
In EaP PLUS ZSI will be mainly in analytical and dissemination activities. The project will be the follow-up project of the currently ongoing project 'STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries (IncoNet EaP)' and will start in autmun 2016. Some of the targeted actions in EaP PLUS will be the strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the association to Horizon 2020, the promotion of the research-innovation interface supporting communities of excellence, i.e. co-patenting analyses, clustering schemes, promotion of the technology platforms concept to EaP countries and the enabling of optimal framework conditions and increasing coordination in policies and programmes through training seminars for STI policymakers.
Two more projects are currently pending only the signature of the grant agreement: ESASTAP 2020 (Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between Europe and South Africa 2020) and R&I-LINKS2UA (Strengthening Research and Innovation Links towards Ukraine)
Evaluating the Indo-European collaboration within the 7th Framework Programme
Indigo Policy delivers a qualitative impact assessment of collaborative projects
There is a growing interest in demonstrating the outcomes of collaborative projects for the purposes of monitoring programmes, accountability, or simply to demonstrate the value of research investments. Indigo Policy conducted a qualitative study to examine the impact of cooperation between India and EU Member States within the 7th Framework Programme. The qualitative impact study complements the evaluations of the EC on R&D actions, which often focus on quantitatively analysing the status of expenditure and the performance of the programmes. A sample of 25 coordinators of projects connecting India and the EU in different scientific fields of relevance to EU-India cooperation (water, health, energy and social sciences) were interviewed for the study to these five key impact areas:
Projects advancing frontier knowledge
In most cases the consortium was designed on the basis of knowledge sharing and complementarity - Indian and European research teams benefit from the collaboration both scientifically and technically.
Partnering allowed a better understanding on significant research challenges in the field of water, energy and health and acquiring new perspectives on joint problems. The projects were stated to explore frontier knowledge but also to study a global problem in the Indian context.
With regard to the community benefits, although the projects were addressing key issues for communities, most of the projects were not able to deliver concrete results at this level.
Further, FP7 projects are not business oriented - this makes it very difficult to transfer their key scientific results into the market. The majority of the projects was not able to establish business opportunities during the implementation process and they did not lead to to business spin-offs or start-ups.
Better communication of results to policy makers
The dimension of policy impacts was clearly a neglected dimension in many projects. Most projects’ coordinators have presented some results to policy makers in India and Europe, but the findings of the FP7 projects neither fed into any policy activities, nor resulted in policy changes.
Nevertheless the study confirms that such projects are very relevant for advancing the Indo-European STI Cooperation.
How much funding did India receive in FP7 and H2020?
The funding flow visualisation sheds light on the cooperation patterns of EU-India in the framework of FP7 and H2020.
A new visualisation by the Inno Indigo Policy Project introduces India's participation in EU framework programes. India participated in 181 FP7 projects and the European Commission's contribution received by Indian participants was €35.8m during FP7.
The participation of India in the 7th Framework Programme increased significantly compared to previous framework programmes. The number of India's participants rose to 142 in FP6 (2002-2006) and more than doubled in FP7 (2007-2013), which counted 305 participants. The highest degree of cooperation occurs in the Health and Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy area. Other active cooperation areas are Environment, Security and Social Sciences and Humanities.
By clicking on the different categories of the flow visualisation, it is possible to navigate easily in each section and check the participation of each country per thematic area and per programme.
BILAT-RUS-Advanced project has come to a successful end
Within the BILAT-RUS-Advanced project, 16 partners from EU Member States and Russia collaborated to enhance the bilateral science, technology and innovation (STI) partnership between the Russian Federation and the EU Member States/Associated Countries (MS/AC). After three years of work the project ended in October 2015.
The project, which started in November 2012, was coordinated by the DLR Project Management Agency, which is part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and financed within the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme. ZSI was a partner in the project consortium.
The main goal was to support the bilateral STI policy dialogue between policy makers and other stakeholders from the European and Russian STI communities, helping to reinforce strategic STI partnerships between the EU and Russia. Amongst others, this implied support to coordinate EU Member States’ and Associated Countries’ research policies and programmes regarding Russia.
A major contribution was also made to establish the concept and implementation of the "EU-Russia Year of Science 2014", which was a year-long series of events that celebrated the vibrant and multifaceted science, research and innovation cooperation between the EU, the EU MS and the Russian Federation. In its role as a "secretariat" for the EU-Russia Year of Science the project evaluated and selected applications for the inclusion of external events into the official Year of Science calendar. The project also produced some main documents on the Year of Science, which can be found on the project website.
SEA-EU-NET II is featured in an article by EC Research & Innovation
The European Commission Directorate General for Research & Innovation hosts an online information centre to promote news from the research and innovation area - SEA-EU-NET II project is proud to be featured there!
The news in the info centre are showcasing examples of European wide and international project collaborations, research insights and success stories in research and innovation - all with European participation.
One of the October stories features the SEA-EU-NET II project, in which ZSI is a partner. SEA-EU-NET project coordinator Christoph Elineau from the German Project Management Agency DLR is speaking about the aims of the project, its main event the "Science, Technology and Innovation Days - STI Days" and why SEA-EU-NET II is "truly a win-win" project for both regions, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Policy Mix Peer Review in Georgia and Armenia successfully completed in IncoNet EaP
The IncoNet EaP project organised two policy mix peer reviews, one in Armenia and a second in Georgia. ZSI is leader of both tasks.
In November 2015, Martin Felix Gajdusek from ZSI and George Bonas from CeRISS (Greece) presented results and recommendations of the S&T Policy Mix Peer Reviews (PMPR) in Tbilisi, Georgia. 30 participants from the Georgian Ministry of Education, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF), the Georgian Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) and several Georgian universities and research centres participated in this meeting.
After an introduction to the methodology the report was presented to the audience present. Following intensive preparation a one-week visit took place in Georgia on March 16-20, 2015 to collect findings and draft this report. The report concludes with multiple recommendations for Georgian S&T policy makers.
In the same week in March also the PMPR for Armenia took place - the report for Armenia was presented to Armenian stakeholders from the S&T sector in a separate event.
More information to the PMPR in Georgia and Armenia can be found here.
Danube-INCO.NET PMPR with Bosnia & Herzegovina
As regards other geogprahical regions, another PMPR with Bosnia & Herzegovina was carried out by the Danube-INCO.NET (Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region) project - on this activity infos can be found here.
BLACK SEA HORIZON organises three workshops on RTI cooperation in March
To foster the collaboration of research communities within the Black Sea region and their counterparts in all the other EU Member States and Accession Countries, BLACK SEA HORIZON organises three workshops.
BLACK SEA HORIZON (S&T biregional cooperation EU - Black Sea Countries 2015-2018 project) organises in March 2016 three thematic workshops to identify thematic research priority fields for a potential regional research call and the further uptake in EU workprogrammes. The workshops aim to facilitate the identification of pertinent topics of mutual interest serving as input to the forthcoming HORIZON 2020 Work Programmes, other research programmes and international initiatives, as well as the envisaged Joint Call for Proposal, prepared under Work Package 2 of the Black Sea Horizon Project.
Information on the workshops and their topics:
- Moscow Workshop on "The Future of Agriculture: Grand Challenges and Technological Change" (March 3, 2016)
- Tbilisi Workshop on "Resource efficiency and environment - Black Sea Region Challenges" (March 22, 2016)
- Sofia Workshop on "Applied Research in chemistry: Smart materials for a smart future" (March 31, 2016)
Call open for applications!
BLACK SEA HORIZON further developed a grant scheme to facilitate the participation of researchers from Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries in brokerage events and other similar activities related to Horizon 2020 in the EU Members States or Associated Countries. The thematic priorities of the call are the three Societal Challenges, which are targeted by the project, namely Health, Energy and Climate Change. The maximun funding per grant is 3000 EUR. Deadline for applications is on February 1, 2016! Find all infos for your application here.
INNO INDIGO held an innovation workshop in New Delhi
The INNO INDIGO project aims at increasing the involvement of businesses as well as clusters and networks of excellence in the transnational Indo-European Joint Calls for Proposals for research projects.
INNO INDIGO has carried out analytical work and organized a workshop for selected participants from clusters, SMEs, regional bodies, funding agencies and for researchers to further develop the INNO INDIGO India-EU joint call structure and to better reflect the needs of the above mentioned stakeholders.
More than 30 participants from eight EU countries and India gathered in New Delhi, India, on December 16. The workshop was organized back to back with the 21st Technology Summit & Expo 2015, co-organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, where the results of the workshop were also presented. Via the links you can find more information about this workshop and the 21st Technology Summit & Expo 2015.
Final CEI-ener2i-MD project event and innovation voucher competition review meeting in Moldova
The funded Moldovan projects were reviewed and further collaboration possibilities between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Countries in the energy sector for the future discussed.
In the ener2i / CEI-ener2i-MD Innovation Voucher Competition in Moldova 2015, the applicants of the eleven best project ideas have been awarded with Innovation Vouchers worth € 4,000 each in last spring (http://ener2i.eu/innovation_vouchers/moldova). The competition was supported by the EU FP7 project ener2i, and the Central European Initiative and the Austrian Development Cooperation through the CEI-KEP Austria programme.
On January, 26th, 2016 the CEI-ener2i-MD project team from the Austrian ZSI and its Moldovan partners from AITT and ODIMM met with the Moldovan voucher grantees and a representative of the Austrian Development Cooperation in Chisinau, Moldova, to review the implementation and outcomes of all funded Moldovan projects. The event was opened by Mr Vadim Iatchevici from the Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer (AITT) of Moldova, and Mr Manfred Spiesberger, ener2i /CEI-ener2i-MD project coordinator from ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation, Austria. The opening remarks were followed by presentations of each project and a closing discussion on the implementation and outlook for innovation voucher competitions.
At the same time the review event was the final event of the CEI-ener2i-MD project. This opened up the opportunity to reflect on past project activities and to discuss further collaboration possibilities between Europe and the Eastern Partnership countries in the energy sector in the future.
Find more information on the event in Moldova here. An event review will be published on the website of ener2i soon.
With three Moldovan grantees also interviews were taken. In these interviews the beneficiaries of the Innovation Voucher Competition talk about the implementation of their innovative projects.
MIRRIS published its newest findings in a series of four new publications
MIRRIS - Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems in EU13 countries is proud to present four new publications to the public. They inform about the Czech participation in European funding, the participation of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) institutions of EU13 countries across Horizon 2020 and the participation of EU13 countries in European research funding in general.
New MIRRIS press release on 3rd policy dialogue in Prague
On November 4, 2015 theTechnology Center of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Technology Center ASCR) invited national Czech stakeholders to discuss and prioritise measures, which could improve the participation of Czech organisations to Horizon 2020.
The event was organised in the frame of the European initiative MIRRIS and the CZEch Days for European Research (CZEDER). The dialogue was the third one of a cycle that gathered high level national stakeholders, notably representatives of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Technology Center ASCR, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
As a consequence, MIRRIS developed an Acitivity Plan on how to increase the Czech participation in European funding for Research & Innovation.
Find more information on the policy dialogue and the Activity Plan here.
Participaton of SSH organisations from EU13 countries across Horizon 2020
In October 2015 the European Commission published its report on the „Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020: Participants, Budget and Disciplines“. This report assesses how the different Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines have been integrated into the ‘SSH flagged’ projects funded in 2014 under the Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership priorities. The assessment also included an analysis of the participation of SSH researchers differentiated by countries, which is taken up and further analysed and processed in this MIRRIS policy brief from Klaus Schuch (ZSI).
EU13 Member States in Fast Track to Innovation Initiative
How have EU13 stakeholders participated in the Fast Track to Innovation call? MIRRIS project gives the answer in a new publication!
MIRRIS is dedicated to analyse and to facilitate the participation of the new cohesion countries in European RTI activities. MIRRIS analyst Christian Seublens from Eurada compiled statistics and indicators, with which the above mentiond question could been answered.
For your further use, you can find the results here.
Participation of cohesion countries in Horizon 2020 still low
The most recent edition of the newsletter of the MIRRIS project looks closer at the participation rate of EU13 countries in the EU framework programe for Research & Innovation H2020.
Regarding the participation, the “market share” of EU13 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).
What could be the reasons for this figures and what does the analysis further say?
IMPORTANT: Open call!
» First call of "Beyond Europe" is open for applications! The Programme "Beyond Europe" supports Austrian companies, research and university institutes and other organisations in creating and extending collaborations. The Programme is open to all thematic fields. Funding is available for projects in all technical disciplines. Application deadline is March 30. Find all information to the call here.
» The call of the "ERA-Can+ Twinning Programme" was closed on January 4. In mid January the evaluation panel decided for the six best proposals to be funded. Results will be published soon at www.era-can.net
» ERA-Can+ organised a webinar on research and commercialization opportunities for Canadian and European entrepreneurs and SMEs on January 13. To learn about the services provided and partnering opportunities offered in these networks, the recorded webinar can be viewed here.
» The CAAST-Net Plus project published its newest magazine. The magazine ca be downloaded here.
» Danube-INCO.NET held its second General Assembly Meeting on December 10-11. The project consortium discussed key outcomes such as the study on co-publications and co-patents in the Danube Region or the pilot activities to be funded in the energy and bio-economy sector. In the third and last year of the project, it continues its close cooperation with the European Commission (Joint Research Council etc.), the Danube Strategy Point and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
» BLACK SEA HORIZON published its first newsletter. The newsletter currently reaches more than 2300 readers from the Black Sea Region and EU MS/AC, who are interested in mutual science, technology and innovation cooperation.
» Alongside cooperating with India in the EU framework programmes, 21 EU Member States are currently implementing 67 bilateral cooperation programmes with India, which support joint research projects. INNO INDIGO published a "Directory of bilateral programmes between EU Member States and India", where all programmes and open calls can be found in a compiled manner.
» INNO INDIGO is pleased to announce that its third Europe-India joint call for proposals is expected to be launched in the first half of 2016 with a focus on “bioeconomy”. More information about this call will soon be published on the project website.
» The newest issue of the journal "Foresight and STI Governance" (issue 4,2015) has been published. The mission of the journal is to support the creation of Foresight culture through dissemination of the best national and international practices of future-oriented innovation development. Among the members of the editorial board is Klaus Schuch from ZSI.
» ZSI kicks-off two new projects supporting R&I policies: In September and November 2015 ZSI participated in the kick-off meetings of the two projects "Turkey in H2020" and "Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility" as a consortium partner. Over the course of the next months, strong support to review and improvement of R&I policies in multiple countries will be given.
» The ERANet-LAC project (funded under EU FP7 programe) has launched its second joint call on research & innovation: The aim of the ERANet-LAC Joint Calls is to start new, sustainable and multilateral research cooperation between researchers from Europe, Latin-America and the Caribbean countries. Within the framework of the 2nd ERANet-LAC Joint Call, transnational research and innovation projects will be funded for a period of up to 36 months. The call is open until March 10. Find all information for your application here.
» After ESASTAP (European - South Africa Science and Technology Advancement Programme) and ESASTAP Plus, the third round of bilateral INCO projects on STI collaboration with South Africa will start in February - for the first time with Austrian participation. The kick of meetings are planned for February 25-26 in Pretoria, South Africa.
» A pivotal year in EU-Latin America Cooperation in Research & Innovation (page 10): In the dialogues with Latin America, R&I cooperation proved increasingly to be an important tool for science diplomacy and openness to the world. The region emerged as a key priority for Commissioner Moedas and this was confirmed by his visit to Mexico and Brazil in November 2015. Further highlights from the EU's 2015 S&T Highlights with partners around the world, including a.o. China, Russia, Australia, Egypt, Israel, can be found here (page 11-13).
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