Supporting Development of Research Policies

Increasing the amount of funding invested for research and development is one of the key priorities of the European Union’s Lisbon Strategy for growth and employment.

The 'Supporting the Development of Research Policies' initiative aims to ensure that this extra investment will be effectively utilised and will lead to coherent national and Union-wide research projects, which in turn, will improve the impact and links of research to industry, and strengthen public support. 

The European Commission has earmarked up to €70 million for Supporting the Development of Research Policies throughout the duration of the FP7 programme.

The strand will complement projects supported through the Cooperation programme, and will focus on the following two areas: 

Monitoring and analysing research-related public policies and strategy

This will help form the basis of qualitative and quantitative analysis in the support of implementing trans-national coordination of research policies in terms of: 

  • Developing an information and intelligence service (ERAWATCH).
  • Industrial research investment monitoring.
  • Development and analysis on research activity and its impact on the economy.

Strengthening the coordination of research policies

European platforms will be introduced to assess good practices in support of research, tackling issues such as transferability and methods of implementation, including: 

  • Support to implement the “Open method of coordination” (OMC).
  • Support to “bottom-up” policy coordination initiatives pioneered by several different countries and regions (OMC-NET).

Supporting the Development of Research Policies activities will be financed following the publication of “Calls for Proposals”, for which interested organisations can submit applications.


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Dr Imelda Lambkin
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