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Policies for Research and innovation in the Move Towards the European Research Area (ERA) - PRIME TN, Final Report, EUR 23153

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-50029


The objective of the Thematic Network was to identify the challenges facing the field of science and innovation policy studies and to study the conditions under which they can most fruitfully be addressed. The project was selected as an exploratory network in order to anticipate potential "networks of excellence". This was done at a time when neither the Commission nor the participants of this network had any clear idea of the concrete form that this "new instrument" might take. The project identified three main questions: what are the scientific challenges? What are the lasting structural shortcomings the field is faced with at European level? And what organisational forms could be devised to best address these? Later we added a fourth question when we started work: which part of the field should such a new instrument cover? Should it deal with research and innovation dynamics at large? Should it focus on public intervention - i.e. research and innovation policies? Or should it address one specific issue, such as IPR, foresight or evaluation? There was general agreement that the latter might be important at the "operational" level but not in terms of fostering "long term" research, our understanding of the primary role of NoEs.

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