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Proposal Full Title: Coordination of R&D&I policies and their coherence with other policies in Newly Acceded Countries
Proposal Acronym: COGNAC
Project Duration: 23rd October 2006 – 23rd October 2008
Topics adressed: Public research spending and policy mixes-SMEs and research
The project called COGNAC (Coordination of R&D&I policies and their coherence with other policies in Newly Acceded Countries) is a project financed by the SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY FOR RESEARCH TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION ACTIVITIES. The official project starting date is 23rd October 2006 and will last for 2 years.
In the project there are 7 countries participating: 2 experienced ones Spain and Austria from the EU15; Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland as newly acceded countries. Altogether there are 16 partners contributing to the success of the project: one regional administration authorities and one implementing body of the Regional Innovation Strategy projects from each region and Hungary is represented in the project by 2 regions.
The project aims to support the regional dimension of the European Research Area by increasing the effectiveness and coherence of the R&D&I policies focusing on the public research spending and policy mixes and comprehensively the SMEs and research target areas. The key priority of the project is to directly enhance the research and development issues by the exploitation of additional use and possibilities of the parallel projects and by the coordination of the regional policy making processes (RIS-NAC, Structural Funds), so that the added-value of the internal/final results (deliverables) and the synergies of the parallel running projects and activities will be exploited.
The objective of the proposal is to develop, design and implement coherent R&D&I policies by the coordination of the RIS-NAC and Structural Funds policy development and other activities. Furthermore to strengthen the role of research policies in the policy mixes of the RISs and other policies at regional, national and EU level by exploiting the synergies and to develop a mutual learning process to disseminate “good policy practices” and benchmarking activities.
The expected results will be the
development of coherent and effective research policies in the participating regions
a transferability model of best practices,
priorities and pilot projects concerted actions, joint policy initiatives and EU level recommendations with special respect to the ERA-NET process and the 7. Framework Programme.
The advantages of a systemic approach by inter-programme relationships ensures a unique opportunity to create optimal linkage to other related activities of the EU (e.g. Innovation Strategies, Structural Funds, ….) and other international bodies (e.g. IRE) and a sustainable, coordinated use and structured availability of this high value knowledge and information databases. The project is structured in seven work packages (WP0-WP6) and each work package is managed by a WP leader. The overall co-ordination is defined as a specific WP (WP0). The co-ordinator RDANGP (Észak-alföldi Regional Development Agency) serves as project co-ordinator and is responsible for the project management (WP0).
This website provides information about the European Coordination Action project, called COGNAC. This project is fully financed by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community for Research Technological Development and Demonstration Activities.
In order to achieve the Lisbon objectives and make the Europe of knowledge a reality, Europe needs to increase and improve investment in R&D. In line with the increase, the effectiveness of the resource allocation and application has to be improved as well. This requires the improvement of the effectiveness and coherence of research policies at European, national and regional levels. This is the strategic objective of the proposal and we aim to achieve this goal by the coordination and exploitation of the synergies and results of the parallel programming activities on the basis of mutual learning between the project partners.
The composition of the consortium had been determined in a way that regional authorities, research institutes and tertiary educational centers are presented in the project. During the selection, it was important that in 6 regions the development of the Regional Innovation Strategy has been finished already and in the other 2 it will be finished by 2008. Furthermore 2 out of 8 regions are acting as experienced regions, coming from the EU15. This type of special composition of the consortium will help the realization of the project objectives. The proposal focuses on two specific subjects: the public research spending and policy mixes and comprehensively the SMEs and research target areas.
Specific objectives are
coherent development, design and implementation of R&D&I policies by the coordination of the RIS-NAC and Structural Funds policy development and related activities
strengthening the role of research policies in the policy mixes of the RISs and other policies at regional, national and EU level by exploiting the synergies
development and testing of an effective and tailor-made continuous and dynamic mutual learning process to disseminate „good policy practices” and benchmarking activities
providing additional resources to foster the development of policy coordination activities at EU level
identification of areas requiring complementary and mutually reinforcing actions at Member States and EU level complemented by the development of trans-national concerted policy actions and joint initiatives.
The expected results will be the
development of coherent and effective research policies in the participating regions, by better information on policy mixes and financial coordination for the decision makers, and strengthened R&D support mechanisms to SMEs,
a transferability model of best practices,
by the coordination of the priorities and pilot projects concerted actions, joint policy initiatives and EU level recommendations with special respect to the ERA-NET process and the 7. Framework Programme.
The work foreseen in the COGNAC fully contributes in many ways to the objectives of the Research and Innovation activity area. In order to set up the mutual learning platform of the European innovation system by the networking players, on one hand the COGNAC project identifies strategic key areas and players of research and innovation and experiences, while on the other hand connects key players, users and stakeholders. The aim of this European platform is to serve as a tool of exchange of experiences, dissemination of good practices on research and innovation-related themes among actors in regional structures and to stimulate regional policy-making as regards research and innovation strategies by means of promoting COOPERATION, breaking down barriers and encouraging trans-regional mutual learning. Furthermore opening new areas of transnational activities and exploiting the existing capacities on a more efficient, integrated way. For the sake of encouraging a more innovation friendly environment throughout the EU, and stimulating technological innovation and the setting up of innovative technology business by strengthening transnational and regional co-operation in the field of R&D&I, the project aims experience and knowledge transfer from the supporting regions and to connect to the EC networks and programs, to the European bloodstream. With the help of the determination of the most important stimulating and attractive factors, the COGNAC project directly contributes to the creation of an enabling innovation friendly environment for existing SMEs and innovative start-ups, spin-offs, investors and R&D centers by strengthening the role of the research policies and making synergies on the EU level. As a result, high quality proposals assisted by the COGNAC consortium will be submitted to FP7.
In order to achieve all mentioned project objectives, the project pursues a linear, clear and consistent project structure. Altogether there are 7 workpackages, including the workpackage of the management task, of the establishment of the mutual learning platform and dissemination task. The effective research work will start in the third workpackage with the information gathering phase. This workpackage will map the R&D&I policies, projects and performers at regional, national and EU level. The ad-hoc expert group established for this task will examine the scientific/economic background, framework conditions, regulatory and administrative factors, institutional systems/structures/actors, the national level programming works and growth pole programmes in the region/ country and if there is SWOT, technology foresight existing in the regions. Furthermore all regional key players, like tertiary educational centers, research institutes, innovative SMEs, researchers will be collected in a common catalogue.
The next workpackage: benchmarking of R&D&I policies and activities, will result the transnational catalogue of priorities including the mutually formulated objectives. Furthermore a comparison study will be conducted on the two specific subjects. After the determination of the common priorities, objectives, a transferability model will be developed to help to disseminate “good practices” and benchmarking activities. For the model the critical success factors of “good-practices” related to research and innovation will be identified. After this, conditions determining the transferability and the success of the project will be examined. In the last workpackage areas requiring complementary and mutually reinforcing actions will be identified, complemented by the development of trans-national concerted policy actions and joint initiatives. Furthermore, an action plan will be prepared, complementing the catalogue of priorities with operative measures and possible intervention areas. Within the measures, there will be several kinds of initiatives e.g.: new policies, new inter-regional initiatives, development programmes and common large scale projects.
The exploitation of the project results at regional and national level is ensured by a professional Advisory Group composed by national level policy makers from each country. The task of this advisory group is to ensure the dissemination of the project results at national level and to harmonize the results with other policy mixes.