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Use of Foresight to Align Research with Longer Term Policy Needs in Europe

Objective

The aim of this project is to pilot the use of foresight to align strategic and applied research with longer-term policy needs in Europe. It addresses a perceived gap in alignment under present arrangements and also argues that to develop, the European system needs a more content-oriented approach. It seeks to advance knowledge on: 1) Differences across policy domains in the European Research and Innovation Ecosystem (also further articulating this concept) in terms of the role and the integration of research agendas in long-term policies and vice-versa; and 2) Appropriate foresight designs needed to get engagement and secure follow-up across policy domains/areas. The project seeks to produce immediately useful results by selecting areas and participants with a view to stimulating action. Four areas with different sectoral characteristics will be selected with the advice of an independent panel to ensure that the pilot covers a range of circumstances. Success scenario workshops will be used to engage policymakers and those responsible for research. The methodology involves consideration of key drivers and wildcards to produce a vision of success, This is compared with the ability of the research and innovation ecosystem in the area to deliver and a roadmap for change is produced. A policy conference will be used to consider the outcomes and to disseminate the approach to other policy domains.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 112 856
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)

Participants (3)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 46 693
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matthias Weber (Dr.)
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
Malta
EU contribution
€ 22 133
Address
St Paul Street
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jennifer Cassingena Harper (Dr.)
MINISTERIE VAN ONDERWIJS, CULTUUR EN WETENSCHAP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 36 192
Address
Rijnstraat 50
2500 BJ Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre Morin (Mr.)