Study on international cooperation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

Pupinis, M, Nakrošis, V, Caturianas, D , Kirdulytė, G, Pribuišis, K, Goštautaitė, R, Pinho, Mariana, Carlberg, Malin and Whittle, M (2019) Study on international cooperation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Project Report. European Commission.

Study on international cooperation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
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The objective of this study is to provide a clear view and comprehensive analysis of the
structure and results of third countries’ involvement in the MSCA under FP7 and Horizon
2020, covering both inward and outward mobility of researcher. The study also
addresses the impacts of international cooperation in the MSCA under Horizon 2020
(2014-2020) and the predecessor programme (Marie Curie Actions) under the FP7
People Specific Programme (2007-2013). The findings of the study are expected to feed
into the final evaluation of H2020, but in particular into the preparation for the future
international dimension of the MSCA under Horizon Europe.
Before this study, only anecdotal evidence was available for understanding the reasons
and factors influencing the involvement of third countries in the MSCA. In addition, there
was no comprehensive qualitative or quantitative assessment, which would allow an
informed decision to be taken as to which cooperation should be reinforced to ensure
more effective brain circulation. This study provides the first in-depth analysis by taking
stock of the structure and impacts of international cooperation within the MSCA. The
outcomes of the study and its recommendations will allow the European Commission to
better decide on the focus, funding streams and rules regarding third country
involvement in the MSCA. Furthermore, the research conducted will help to look beyond
the MSCA and embed the MSCA in the wider context of European R&I international
cooperation policies.
The study concludes that the programme is and will remain bottom-up, but at the same
time efforts should be made to better align it with the EU external policy objectives,
given its strong international dimension and the growing role of science diplomacy in
foreign policies and strategies. As an overarching line of action, the study therefore
recommends that MSCA cooperation issues be systematically addressed during formal
S&T policy dialogues held with national authorities from third countries or regional fora,
and that the results of these discussions be reflected in corresponding bilateral and
regional cooperation roadmaps. The study provides 13 detailed recommendations that
should be implemented as part of this overarching framework.

Keywords:EU policy, EU research policy, EU strategy, Framework Programme for Research and Development, innovation, institutional cooperation, organisation of research, scientific cooperation
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:Eleanor Glanville Centre
ID Code:40007
Deposited On:31 Jan 2020 08:46

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