MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a Coordination and Support Action funded under FP7 Social and Humanities programme and implemented by a consortium of 12 leading research and innovation agencies, performers and professional associations.
Launched in July 2013, MIRRIS aims to
- identify the strengths and weaknesses of R&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of the EU13*,
- organize a multi-level policy dialogue among stakeholders in each target country,
- identify initiatives for institutional reform and to improve performance, and to agree on a road map for their implementation.
* Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The central pillars of the MIRRIS project are:
1) COUNTRY REPORTS
13 country reports are being compiled for all the Member States that joined the EU since 2004 (NMS13). Each country profile attempts to give a brief overview of each national innovation system and, in the form of a case study as it were, to pinpoint factors that may affect participation of national research groups in EU-funded research programmes (e.g. Framework Projects).
2) POLICY DIALOGUE CYCLES
Each cycle consists of round table debates and workshops which go into the subject in more depth and, in principle, always involves the same group of stakeholders, complemented by MIRRIS experts who can provide input to specific topics as requested by the policy dialogue forum. A 3-cycle policy dialogue approach has been chosen for implementation in each target country with the aim of exchanging information, building consensus and establishing an action plan/roadmap for launching appropriate short-term and long-term interventions.
Stakeholders are chosen from 3 interdependent groups:
- Policy makers, including representatives of ministries of research, technology and innovation; representatives of ministries of economy; representatives of regional government; owners and managers of the most important STI programmes (e.g. agencies);
- Implementing organisations, including research and technology development organisations (such as major universities, academies of science and/or major governmental and non-governmental research organisations and national research councils and other funding bodies;
- Operational support institutions, such as National Contact Point coordinators, regional development agencies, main technology and science parks, major incubators, national promoters of the Enterprise Europe Network, technology transfer and cluster organisations.
These three layers should ensure continuity, a holistic approach, and the necessary power to mobilise and initiate change.
The project website can be found at www.mirris.eu