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" The RECORD Experimental Map - Innovative Research Organisation in European Accession Countries" (2005)
This "Experimental Map" is a unique and experimental attempt to find a common basis for the international comparison of the innovation practice in RTDI organisations in the Accession States as well as to present some spatial characteristics. It includes selected in-depth case studies of innovative research institutions. To download other publications and know more of the work of the RECORD project, see

"Scenarios for the Future of European Research and Innovation Policy - Proceedings of a STRATA/Foresight Workshop, 9-10 December 2003" (September 2004)
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Guidelines for Managing with Uncertainty in the Funding of Research

These Guidelines have been prepared within the works of the project "Managing with Uncertainty in Science Policy" (MUSCIPOLI) . They focus on research funding policy and practice and draw on the knowledge and experience of a multi-national group of professional staff from European Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) , and of academic science policy researchers coming from six European countries. They do not go as far as offering prescriptions or even specific tools for those working in RFOs. By contrast, the Guidelines aim to offer insights and ideas that reflective individuals and organisations involved in complex science policy arenas may wish to take into account when going about their business.
You may download the Guidelines [ PDF ] or browse it from the Muscipoli site

Efficiency of innovation policies in high technology sectors in Europe (EPOHITE)

This is the final report of the EPOHITE project that deepened into the question whether and under which conditions innovation policy has been effective in 14 Member States and explored the practices of policy-making systems that lead to effective public support. With respect to their overall performance in biotechnology European Member States have been grouped into different performance clusters .The main results from the comparison of the biotechnology policies within and between these clusters have provided a sound basis for conclusions on best practices in innovation policies in Europe. From the findings EPOHITE researchers also derived a number of recommendations for the future shaping of innovation policies for biotechnology, which are elaborated in detail in this publication.
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Cross-border Co-operation within National RTD Programmes

This study looked at national RTD programmes. They are directed primarily towards national participants, but the study focused on participation by non-resident research groups, thus involving RTD done outside the country owning the programme. The findings provide a representative (if not exhaustive) image of the situation in all EU Member States, in terms of rules and practices, as well as underlying motivations. The study findings were discussed in the committee of representatives responsible for S&T policy in the EU Member States (CREST). The committee concluded that the potential of mutually beneficial European partnerships within national programmes seemed largely under-exploited. It adopted the principle of openness of national RTD programmes to research groups from all other countries across the European Economic Area.

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Modalities of R&D Funding: a comparison of EU Member States

This study looks at differences and trends in R&D funding modalities at publicly supported research institutions. ‘Modalities’ refers both to channels by which support flows to research performers and details of mechanisms used to select researchers and contracts that guide their work.

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The Evolution of Multilateral Public RTD Schemes (MPRS) in Europe

The study aimed at identifying the key characteristics of MPRS, at analysing the evolving interactions and at integrating its findings in a conceptual scheme to inform policy makers. European MPRS are diverse in purpose and thematic focus. Some exist primarily to promote advances in our fundamental understanding of basic phenomena, while others seek to stimulate innovation in key technological sectors. Equally, organisations like EUMETSAT and ECMWF are technology-based service operations first, and scientific organisations second. This study analyses MPRS’s members, added value characteristics, co-ordination and future evolution.

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Working papers and other documents produced by ETAN (European Technology Assessment Network, of the 4th Framework Programme) are also available as soon as released on “ /etan/src/document.htm

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