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1 ERA-NET as a tool for facilitating Cooperation and Coordination between Ministries managing RTD Programmes , Brussels Petri Honkanen Senior Advisor, Ph.D. Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland

2 Facilitate new European innovation policy research culture through coordination & cooperation of national research programs Develop shared European knowledge bases for innovation policies through joint actions Service policy design and monitoring Identify common knowledge and development needs Complement and augment continuing national research efforts and other international collaboration initiatives Nurture forward looking and world class research OBJECTIVES

3 Duration: May 2005 – April Comprises 10 partner countries and 12 organizations: Finland: Ministry of Trade and Industry (Coordinator) & Tekes Sweden: VINNOVA Norway: Research Council of Norway Denmark:Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation Estonia: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication Latvia: Ministry of Education and Science Flanders: Ministry of Flemish Community Austria: Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology WIFO Ireland:Forfás Netherlands: Ministry of Economic Affairs Observer:EC Joint Research Center for Prospective Technological Studies DURATION AND PARTICIPANTS

4 Systematic review of national systems to support innovation policy research and policy learning -Shared knowledge and research needs -Different national systems of research funding and administration Review of administrative and legal barriers for cooperation -Identification of practical joint action mechanism -Budget approval scheduling at partner countries -Administrative changes necessary in some partner countries Identification of potential cooperation areas and joint action themes -added value to national research programs Mapping of European innovation policy research -uniqueness of Era-Net-scheme ACTIVITIES

5 Develop and try out three different type of joint action mechanisms -Joint action in research grants (long term) -Joint action in contract research (short term) -Policy learning & activation of existing knowledge Develop sustainable management structure and principles for the periodic execution of different joint actions Develop linkages with other international innovation policy research iniatives and the researcher community Confirm partner committment and establish basis for network expansion in late 2007 Schedule budgetary commitments Launch joint actions in late 2007 or 2008 PILOT JOINT ACTIONS

6 Ministries are vital partners: -Support to international collaboration is decisive -Able to overcome administrative and legal obstacles World class goals: Committment to develop cutting edge understanding of innovation and pioneer new policies Genuine contribution: Demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and cooperation -Good understanding of disciplines global and European research landscape -The need to address fragmented research landscape Sustainability: Develop joint research mechanism, not a joint project -Long term perspective LESSONS LEARNED – HOW TO COMMIT PARTNERS

7 Common view of research priorities & knowledge needs is important Different levels of coordination between national research programmes -Exchange of information and benchmarking -Synchronization and cooperation between national programs -Joint research actions It takes time to build capacity for real coordination. Issues: -Legal and administrative barriers require changes -Synchronization of budget schedules -Scope of programmes -Different research landscapes The balance between national policies and European coordination depends on the discipline WAYS FORWARD – HOW FAR CAN COORDINATION GO?

8 THANK YOU! CONTACT INFORMATION: Hannes Toivanen VISION Era-Net Co-ordinator Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland . Internet:


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