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EERA congress 2014 – Session on review of the EERA Joint Programmes. Introduction to the session by Mrs Naděžda Witzanyová EERA Executive Committee member for Centrum výzkumu Řež, Czech Republic Brussels, April 9th, 2014. A quick recall of what is EERA.

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eera congress 2014 session on review of the eera joint programmes

EERA congress 2014 – Session on review of the EERA Joint Programmes

Introduction to the session by

Mrs Naděžda Witzanyová

EERA Executive Committee member for Centrum výzkumu Řež, Czech Republic


April 9th, 2014

a quick recall of what is eera
A quick recall of what is EERA

A cooperation of Energy Research Organisations

  • More than 250 participating organisations
    • About 3500 professionals full time equivalent  ready to be committed ( in-kind contributions of roughly ~ €600m )
    • Open to all research organisations with a public mission
    • So far achievements based mainly on own resources(works also as a platform for the formation of consortia for the framework programmes)
    • Pre – commercial research; typical for energy research - Between industry driven and fundamental research
  • EERA has now launched 15 Joint Programmes
    • Dedicated to strategic coordination of national priorities and resources
    • Implementing the SET planas the “research arm”
    • Maximising synergies, forming critical mass and identifying research priorities

eera joint programmes strategy basics
EERA Joint Programmes, Strategy Basics

Example from

JP Bioenergy

Long-term strategy and work plan

  • Agreed Description of Work - DoW (reviewed annually)
  • Agreed Objectives and Milestones
  • Agreed division of tasks and responsibilities among partners

monitoring of joint programmes
Monitoring of Joint Programmes

Since 2011 !

 This year, JPs AMPEA, CSP, Energy Storage, FCH and Ocean energies have just been reviewed.

  • By JP Management and Progress Reports to the Executive Committee .
  • By discussions on best practices with JP Coordinators.
  • Each JP is reviewed by independent experts.
    • The review concept has been adapted and optimized at each new review session.
    • Joint review reports discussed in an open session at the Annual EERA Congress:
    • In 2012 : JPs CCS, Bio-energy, Nuclear Materials and Smart Grids have been reviewed;
    • In 2013 JPs Geothermal, Wind, PV and Smart Cities have been reviewed;

the 2014 eera jps review the process
The 2014 EERA JPs review: the process
  • The reviewerswereselected in September 2013.
  • Theyreceived first general information on EERA in November 2013.
  • In January 2014, theyreceivedfrom the JPsdocuments including the Description of Work, the Management Report, the Progress Report.
  • In February and March 2014 wereheldphysical meetings betweenreviewers, JPMB and the responsibleExCosnamed for facilitating the reviewexercise.

 Fromthese documents, these meetings and anyothernecessary interactions with the JPs, the reviewers have produced a written report.

criteria used for the evaluation
Criteria used for the evaluation
  • Relevance and sustainability of the joint programme
  • Scientific outputsand/or possible impacts on industry competitiveness
  • Structuring effect on national and European levels
  • Contribution of the JP to European research area completion: mobility, share of research infrastructure, international cooperation, training.

sythesis report conclusions 1 3
SYTHESIS Report - conclusions (1/3)

Relevance and sustainability

  • The EERA JPs are relevant:
    • Presence of all the major European research organizations;
    • Objectives are in line with the SET-Plan goals and the European Union objectives to reach a low carbon Europe.
  • The JPs provide a survey of the available research infrastructures in their European technological field. JPs make use of these RIs.
  • The JPs are flexible to new knowledge: the Description of Works (DoWs) evolved every time this was relevant for maintaining the quality of the JP.
  • By performing pre – commercial research the JPs are well placed among the other existing European instruments and bridge the gaps left by those ones. E.g. JTI - FCH JU is focused on applied close to the market research, and EERA JP FC&H2 generates knowledge needed in this area.

synthesis report conclusions 2 3
SYNTHESIS Report – conclusions (2/3)

Scientific outputs and impacts on industry competitiveness

  • The management of the JP is fairly well conducted considering the impressive seize of the JPs .This is a challenge in the case of programmes with a wide scope of work– e.g. EERA JP Energy storage – every sub – programme is perfectly elaborated and could be almost a separate programme.
  • The 5 EERA JPs reviewed, despite their young “age” are already prolific in terms of scientific outputs. The challenge of which publication is an EERA publication (as the funds are basically in – kind) has to be solved in the future.
  • The industry interaction with EERA JPs is done through:
    • Partnerships with EII – JP AMPEA with EMIRI; JP ES with EASE;CSP with ESTELLA;
    • Workshops and conferences where both participate
    • through the recent Integrated Research Programmes (JP ES - IRP EESTRORIGA).
synthesis report conclusions 3 3
SYNTHESIS Report – conclusions (3/3)

Structuring effect on national and European levels

  • Contributions to the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap are mentioned by all JPs.
  • Collaboration with technology platforms are crucial and work well; Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative – EMIRI is positively mentioned by several JPs; EERA JP ES drafted a joint roadmap EASE-EERA.
  • For EERA JP FCH2 - Collaboration with FCH JU is realistic due to the “common roots” with N.ERGHY
  • ERA – NETs are a structuring tool for EU and national landscapes
  • National level structuring depends on the Member states research systems, but the effect is still rather weak

Contribution of the JP to European research area completion

  • Several FP7 projects are in place like SFERAII, with focus on research mobility, training and sharing infrastructure, EU-Solaris, or H2FCINFRA project (comprehensive mapping of RIs).
synthesis report recommendations
SYNTHESIS Report - recommendations

The reviewers pointed out some problems and brought recommendations to improve the JPs’ efficiency:

  • The number of exchanges of researchers and students in the JPs should be much increased.
  • The management should maintain EERA Joint Programmes as open as possible to active members while controlling the size to keep it manageable.
  • The link with industry could and should be much improved in order to better transfer the results of the research to the market.
  • Some deliverables lack the official EERA stampdue notably to financing issues of their productions.

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SYNTHESIS Report - recommendations

  • EERA should increase the visibility of its activitiesthat will strengthen the JP influence.
  • EERA should try to close the gap between the proof of new concepts in laboratory or at pilot scale and their first implementationin commercial scale plants.
  • All reviewers emphasise that the EERA JPs lack of a sustainable and regular budget, one of the most important component for running an effective and realistic research programme.
  • The biggest challenge at the moment for the JP is to obtain a substantial and continuing budget for collaborative researchin order to maintain the excellence in the scientific output.
thank s
  • To the reviewers for giving us their time and theses comprehensive and much useful JPs evaluations.
  • To all the persons committed and involved within the reviewed JPs for the excellent work and making everything possible.