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Linking Russia to the ERA: Coordination of MS/AC S&T programmes Towards and with Russia ERA.NET RUS. WORKSHOP Lessons learned and perspectives of bilateral S&T cooperation programmes Between EU Member States and Associated Countries and Russia 25-27 June 2009, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Linking Russia to the ERA:

Coordination of MS/AC S&T programmes

Towards and with Russia

ERA.NET RUS

WORKSHOP

Lessons learned and perspectives of bilateral S&T cooperation programmes

Between EU Member States and Associated Countries and Russia

25-27 June 2009, Tallinn, Estonia

Presentation and Discussion of the ERANET Russia draft analytical Report

“State of the art and perspectives of bilateral S&T cooperation”

Preliminary survey results among EU/AC Programme Owners

Antonios Gypakis,

General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece


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Overview of the presentation

Background and rationale of the survey

Survey preliminary results


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Bilateral cooperation in comparison – ERA.Net RUS survey results

Methodology

Bilateral cooperation between EU/AC and Russia is analysed by way

of a survey among R&D funding bodies (or so-called “programme owners”) in the countries concerned.


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EU/AC Programme owners were requested to answer questions regarding

their cooperation in science, research, technological development and / or innovation towards Russia or with Russia Programme owners

SECTION A

General Information of the Programme Owners Organisation

SECTION B

Information about their cooperation programmes

SECTION C

Target Region specific qestions


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SECTION C regarding

SECTION B

&

The survey consists of a sample of questions,

which test for a variety of aspects

of bilateral R&D funding cooperation,

ranging from bilateral agreements,

budgets invested, programme and evaluation procedures,

thematic focus, etc.


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Methodologically it has to be mentioned that: regarding

obviously not very easy to convince programme owners to provide data for such a survey.

methodological remark the comparability of data,

which is for several categories of questions not given:

Differences in:

accounting of budgets,

modes of counting bilateral projects with Russia,

etc.


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Preliminary results of survey among EU/AC Programme Owners regarding

The survey sample includes currently complete responses of 15 organisations from the following countries:

AT, CH, DE, FI, FR, GR, HU, NO, TR.

Several organisations from other countries have provided only partly information up to now:

BG, DK, EE, IT, NL, PL, SE.

Some responding organisations from countries such as CY and RO do not have cooperation with Russia.

For some countries the relevant programme owners need still

to be identified and contacted in the next survey stage.


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Out of the sample of responding organisations, the majority or 47% are governmental

organisations. Non-governmental organisations make up 33% of responding funding

organisations and 20% are research institutions operating also funding programmes.


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Until end of June 2009 the following Russian programme owners have taken part in the Survey:


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Cooperation Instruments owners have taken part in the Survey:

EU/AC

The instruments that the EU/AC programme owners organisations apply in order to support international S&T cooperation.


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Beneficiaries of S&T owners have taken part in the Survey:

support – EU/AC


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Overall budget for international R&D cooperation owners have taken part in the Survey:

and budget for cooperation with Russia, 2008


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Budget owners have taken part in the Survey:

An interesting indicator for EU/AC programme owners is a comparison

of the overall budget for international S&T cooperation with the budget

for cooperation with Russia for the year 2008.

Only for a limited number of organizations the budget for cooperation with

Russia is available; these amounts are obviously not always separately

calculated from the overall international cooperation budget.


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The Research Council of Norway has the highest overall international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

The Academy of Finland has, according to available figures,

the second highest budget for S&T cooperation with Russia; it has been ranked at the end of the table, because the overall amount for international S&T cooperation was not available.

For the Austrian Science Fund and CNRS/France it can be observed that they invest around 20% of their international S&T cooperation budget into cooperation with Russia.


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Thematic priorities – EU/AC international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

ranked according to frequency of mentioning


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Obstacles – EU/AC international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

  • In terms of obstacles to bilateral S&T cooperation with Russia,

  • responding programme owners from EU/AC mentioned most frequently:

  • legal problems and

  • visa problems.

  • Cultural and language barriers as well as budget problems,

  • including troubles with money transfer are an issue too.


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Evaluation procedures – EU/AC international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

The majority of the programme owners use a separate evaluation procedure.


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The use of optional evaluation criteria international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

Most programme owners use optional evaluation criteria

that can positively influence the funding decision


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Most frequently used international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

Evaluation criteria

  • scientific excellence of project proposals and

  • qualification and feasibility of projects


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IPR - Rules international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

69% of respondents have either no IPR rules

or have not indicated any.

6% of responding organisations, funded projects need

to conclude an IPR agreement for the project.

13% of responding organisations do recommend

project consortia to conclude IPR agreements

13% of organisations framework agreements between

the funding organisations do regulate IPR questions

Intellectual

Property

Rights (IPR)

EU/AC


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Impact Assessments international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia. - EU/AC

Less than 20% of responding programme owners organisations are performing impact assessments of their bilateral cooperation programmes with Russia.

Important Notice:

More organisations are planning to do such impact assessments,

evaluations are becoming more important in general

as a justification and planning tool.


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Thank you very much for your attention international cooperation budget, which is entirely dedicated to cooperation with Russia.

  • Contacts:

  • Dr. Antonios Gypakis

  • Hellenic Ministry of Development / General Secretariat of Research and TechnologyDirectorate of the International S&T Cooperation / EU Division

  • 14-18 Mesogeion Av., GR-115 27 Athens, Greece

    Tel:  +30 210 7714495, Fax: +30 210 7714153E-mail: [email protected], URL: http://www.gsrt.gr


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