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Finnish participation in the EU Fifth Framework Programme and beyond

Funded under: FP5


This report examines the benefits and strategic importance, as well as the future challenges of Finnish participation in the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. The focus is on the experiences gained from the Fifth Framework Programme. The Finnish organisations who have participated in the EU Fifth Framework Programme are in general more satisfied with their project success than the Finnish participants in the previous Framework Programme.

The benefits of the research collaboration are considered to exceed the costs. However, better utilisation of the knowledge and expertise achieved in the EU projects, as well as further product development, are needed.
At policy level, there is also a need to find synergies and establish dialogue between the EU and national research programmes.

This study concerns Finnish participation in the 5th Framework Programme (FP5) in particular, but also provides information on the benefits and strategic importance as well as the future challenges of the Finnish participation in subsequent programmes. To fulfil these research objectives, the study draws on three different sources: 1) a survey of 348 Finnish participations in FP5 research projects and 172 participations in other than research projects, including firms, universities, research centres and non-profit organisations, 2) interviews with 15 directors and researchers of Finnish companies, universities and research centres, and 3) the views of 11 national experts attending the workshop organised in January 2004. The data was gathered during the period of September 2003 and January 2004.

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