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2009.02.20 Ex-Post Evaluation of FP6


The European Commission has published the ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), carried out by a high level Expert Group including the EIRMA Secretary General.

The report draws on a large amount of background material, including comments from EIRMA member companies. It contains a full account of the multiple objectives set for the programme; data and other evidence used by the Expert Group to assess the extent to which these objectives have been met; and a number of wide-ranging recommendations for the future of the Framework Programme within the political context of the European Research Area and the Lisbon process.

The report can be downloaded here
A slideset used to present the findings can be downloaded here
The Commission's response can be downloaded here

2008.02.01 Rationale for the Future of the European Research Area


In 2007, the European Commission published a Green Paper and launched a consultation on the future of the European Research Area, the overarching concept for the evolution of the R&D system in Europe.

Alongside the consultation, the Commission established several high level expert groups. Some of these were charged to examine the five main axes of the Commission's proposal. A sixth was charged to examine the future rationale for the European Research Area.

This group was chaired by Professor Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester, rapporteur to the Aho Group report, and EIRMA Individual Member. The EIRMA Secretary General, Andrew Dearing acted as member of the group, bringing in the perspective of the business sector.

Challenging Europe's Research: Rationales for the European Research Area , Expert Group Report (677 Kbytes)

Green Paper (89 Kbytes)
Green Paper (Annexes) (464 Kbytes)

2007.06.01 Establishing EIRIMS


The European Commission (with the assistance of EuroStat) and national governments (with the assistance of their statistical offices) gather data on research and innovation to monitor these activities and guide the development of public policy. The methodological frameworks for these studies are often provided through intergovernmental working groups. For example, the OECD has been responsible for the Frascati (R&D) and Oslo (Innovation) manuals. Over the years, these activities have developed to support a wide range of monitoring initiatives such as the Community Innovations Survey, the Industrial R&D Scorecard, etc.

In 2006, the European Commission's DG Research and DG Enterprise established an expert group to report on a prospective European Industrial Research Monitoring System (EIRIMS). The EIRMA Secretary General acted as member of this expert group. The guidelines for EIRIMS were:
- Helping policy makers optimise research and innovation policies, taking better account of sectoral needs and specificities and industrial sectors and firms to improve competitiveness
- Providing a consolidated overview and analysis of developments relevant to industrial research and innovation and a conduit for stakeholder views

Since the group's report has not been published, it cannot be made generally available via this web site. (Recommendations are available to member companies only on request to the Secretary General.) I

Headline conclusions were:

- It is important to monitor activities systematically in the global context, within and beyond Europe, to understand rapid changes that are unlikely to be captured by past taxonomies based on national statistical data
- Systems are dynamic, and consequently it is crucial to highlight these dynamic features and not to establish survey mechanisms which are inflexible to change.
- It is essential to structure data gathering exercises on industrial firms operating internationally in ways that companies can actually fulfill, and not view firms in terms of hierarchies of national activities.

The report recommends a prototype or model on how the EIRIMS process should be structured and function; and it the type of analyses and syntheses EIRIMS should deliver and provide some worked examples. This was addressed by constructing two concepts, which form the backbone of the report:

· EIRIMS-Norm: A baseline approach, building on seven on-going core activities identified by Commission Services and largely or wholly managed under Commission Services’ supervision.
· EIRIMS-Plus: An extended approach, set out as a target for the future, to enable Commission Services to develop towards a more complete and effective system, consistent with work going on at the level of Member States, main competitor economies worldwide and key international organisations.

In both cases, a crucial element is the management processes for EIRIMS.

2005.05.01 European Universities - Enhancing Europe's Research Base


The European university system is undergoing substantial changes and reforms in order to provide a research and tertiary education system that it 'fit for purpose' for the 21st century.

Following the 2004 conference on the Europe of Knowledge 2020, the European Commission established an expert group charged with identifying the main challenges facing universities and recommendations for action. The EIRMA Secretary General acted as member of this group and helped prepare its report.

The recommendations related to four main dimensions:

1) Knowledge Creation and Production in Universities
2) University's Role in the Exchange and Transfer of Knowledge with Industry and Society
3) Transdisciplinarity as an Emerging Principle
4) Governance and the Role of Universities as Institutions

and were placed in a context of increasing institutional autonomy and responsibility.

Enhancing Europe's Research Base (855 Kbytes)

2003.12.01 Women in Industrial Research


This Expert Group was established by the European Commission to examine the participation of women in industrial research. A number of EIRMA member companies participated in the activity, and past EIRMA President Guy Haemers acted as member of the core team, supported by Louise Heery and Andrew Dearing in the EIRMA Secretariat.

Women in Industrial Research, Expert Group Report (2 Mbytes)
Women in Industrial Research, Best Practices (696 Kbytes)
Women in Industrial Research, Statistical Data (1 Mbytes)

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