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EAG sees ways to improve the socio-economic knowledge base

The future work programme for the key action on "improving the socio-economic knowledge base", should highlight a number of cross-cutting dimensions, according to an external advisory group (EAG).

That should help applicants to orient themselves and provide a valuable input t...
The future work programme for the key action on "improving the socio-economic knowledge base", should highlight a number of cross-cutting dimensions, according to an external advisory group (EAG).

That should help applicants to orient themselves and provide a valuable input to the project evaluation procedure, the EAG told the European Commission, which had asked its members to study the draft work programme, in a report of its opinion.

The EAG says particular attention should be given to:

- Gender dimension;
- High-quality comparable data;
- Innovative aspects;
- Implications for education and training;
- Historical perspectives;
- European identity;
- Development outside Europe.

The group also suggested that, for the first call, research tasks should be regrouped into three clusters to help place research activities in a broader societal and research context. The tasks should also be grouped to allow applicants to deal with the broader picture around their research activity as well as to highlight inter-relations between the phenomena under investigation. This will also enable researchers to trace their potential impact on other phenomena, problems and policy options.

The EAG also outlines which specific tasks it recommends to be grouped together within each cluster, and details aspects, which it believes should receive special emphasis, within the "impact of the action" chapter of the draft programme.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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