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This report presents a rationale for a European Research Area that has a clear purpose which is meaningful to Europe’s citizens and political leaders and relevant to its key actors. While there is a pressing need to improve the efectiveness of the public research system, the ultimate justiication of the resources and commitment needed to achieve this lies in increasing the value of the contribution that public and private sector research makes, and is seen to make, to Europe’s economic, social and environmental goals.
The central means to achieve this is to engage the research system in Europe’s response to a series of Grand Challenges which depend upon research but which also involve actions to ensure innovation and the development of markets and/or public service environments. Challenges may be rooted in economic, social or scientiic goals but share a need to demonstrate their relevance at the European level, their feasibility in terms of Europe’s capability to engage with them, and a clear research dimension such that they gain the commitment of the research community and pullthrough the necessary improvements in its eiciency and efectiveness.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23326 EN (2008), 49 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23326-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08412-6
Record Number: 200819877 / Last updated on: 2008-07-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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