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Actions for MS listed in ERA Communication 17/7/12

Points in ERA Progress Report 20/9/13

Issue listed in 24/2/14 Council Conclusions

More effective national research systems

• Introduce or enhance competitive funding through calls for proposals and institutional assessments as the main modes of allocating public funds to research and innovation, introducing legislative reforms if necessary

• Ensure that all public bodies responsible for allocating research funds apply the core principles of international peer review

• While the balance between competitive and non-competitive funding is a matter of national choice, competitive funding and performance based institutional assessments should be at the core of research funding decisions in Member States, applying the core principles of international peer-review.

• The use, where appropriate, of open calls for proposals evaluated based on international peer review

• Fostering mobility of researchers across different sector, in particular between academia and industry

Optimal transnational co-operation and competition

Jointly addressing grand challenges

• Step up efforts to implement joint research agendas addressing grand challenges, sharing information about activities in agreed priority areas, ensuring that adequate national funding is committed and strategically aligned at European level in these areas and that common ex post evaluation is conducted

• Ensure mutual recognition of evaluations that conform to international peer-review standards as a basis for national funding decisions

• Member States should better align national research programmes in order to implement commonly agreed strategic research agendas in the context of joint programming. They should also improve interoperability between national programmes in order to facilitate further cross border research cooperation.

• Aligning, where possible, national strategies and research programmes with the strategic research agendas developed within the JPIs to cope with major societal challenges and improving the interoperability between national programmes to facilitate transnational cooperation and sharing of information about activities in priority areas

• Remove legal and other barriers to the cross-border interoperability of national programmes to permit joint financing of actions including cooperation with non-EU countries where relevant

Effective investment in and use of research infrastructures

• Confirm financial commitments for the construction and operation of ESFRI, global, national and regional RIs of pan-European interest, particularly when developing national roadmaps and the next Structural Fund programmes

• Remove legal and other barriers to cross-border access to RIs

Research infrastructures

• There is a need for more transparency of the conditions for transnational access to research infrastructures.

• Member States should address financial, management and political barriers for the development and implementation of research infrastructures. They should align research infrastructures roadmaps and coordinate their development.

• The progress made by ESFRI to fulfil its new mandate and its continuing efforts in order to prioritise the projects of the ESFRI roadmap

Open labour market for researchers

• Remove legal and other barriers to the application of open, transparent and merit based recruitment of researchers

• Remove legal and other barriers which hamper cross-border access to and portability of national grants

• Support implementation of the Declaration of Commitment to provide coordinated personalised information and services to researchers through the pan-European EURAXESS network

• A co-ordinated effort is needed by Member States and institutions to ensure that all research positions are subject to open, transparent and merit-based recruitment practices.

• Member States should remove barriers preventing the implementation of access to, and portability of, national grants, and research funding organisations must intensify cooperation to facilitate the process.

• Using open. transparent and merit-based recruitment with regard to research positions.

• Promoting a wider uptake of innovative doctoral training principles, including where appropriate, the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds

• Support the setting up and running of structured innovative doctoral training programmes applying the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training

• Create an enabling framework for the implementation of the HR Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code

• Member States, research funding and research performing organisations are encouraged to promote a wider uptake of the innovative doctoral training principles, including, where appropriate, through use of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research

• Create a legal and policy environment and provide incentives to:

– remove legal and other barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers while fully complying with EU law on gender equality

– address gender imbalances in decision making processes

– strengthen the gender dimension in research programmes

• Member States should implement comprehensive strategies of structural change to overcome gender gaps in research institutions and programmes.

• Stepping up efforts to systematically mainstream gender equality and the gender dimension in R&I policies and programme

• Engage in partnerships with funding agencies, research organisations and universities to foster cultural and institutional change on gender - charters, performance agreements, awards

• Ensure that at least 40% of the under-represented sex participate in committees involved in recruitment/career progression and in establishing and evaluating research programmes.

Optimal circulation and transfer of scientific knowledge

• Define and coordinate their policies on access to and preservation of scientific information

• Ensure that public research contributes to Open Innovation and foster knowledge transfer between public and private sectors through national knowledge transfer strategies

• Harmonise access and usage policies for research and education-related public infrastructures and for associated digital research services enabling consortia of different types of public and private partners

Open access to publicly funded research results

• Member States should continue deploying efforts in implementing Open Access to publications, and continue setting an adequate policy framework for Open Access to data, while taking into consideration IPR issues, notably in the case of private sector involvement in research.

• Adopt and implement national strategies for electronic identity for researchers giving them transnational access to digital research services

Digital dimension of ERA

• All Member States should ensure that conditions are in place to support: seamless online access to digital research services for collaboration, computing and accessing scientific information; the federation of electronic identities for researchers, which facilitates researchers' cross-border access to services and resources; and harmonised access and usage policies for e-infrastructures and digital research services in order to enable collaborations by multinational research consortia with both public and private partners.

• Promoting and implementing e-infrastructures as an enable of digital Science in ERA

Knowledge transfer and open innovation

• Member States need to further define, implement and assess national knowledge transfer strategies to deliver a structural and cultural change in the research and innovation system and as such increase the economic and social impact of research.

• Fostering effective knowledge transfer in research and innovation between public and private sectors

International Co-operation

The external dimension is a vital, cross-cutting and integral part of ERA. It will be addressed later in 2012 as part of a separate Communication on a strategic approach to enhancing and focussing EU international cooperation in research and innovation.

Given separate heading:

[The external dimension is a vital, cross-cutting and integral part of ERA. It will be addressed later in 2012 as part of a separate Communication on a strategic approach to enhancing and focussing EU international cooperation in research and innovation.]

Asks Commission to move towards the integration of an international dimension into the EMM


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