Innovation systems

How can the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation increase the economic and societal impact of RDI funding in Finland?

Long-term objectives of Finnish research and innovation policy. One objective of the current government is to improve the quality and effectiveness of research and innovation. This study examines what kinds of benefits have been obtained from EU Framework Programmes and how Finnish participation can be further supported. Overall, the FP provides clear added value for…

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The Latvian Research Funding System

This report reviews Latvia’s existing funding allocation systems and processes and proposes improvements based on best practice, including an overall institutional/organisational structure for managing the funding system, tailored to the specificities of the Latvian situation. The study was carried out by a panel of experts, under the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, based on document…

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Evaluation of Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery

One of the main pieces of legislation governing the harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level is the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC).  This seeks to promote the free movement of machinery within the Single Market and guarantee a high level of protection for users through a system of mandatory health and…

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Universities of Applied Science and Smart Cities: Opportunities in European Programmes

Dutch universities of applied science (UAS) are intensifying their research activities. Smart cities is a priority theme because it matches the strengths of UAS. First, smart cities require applied research and real-life pilots, in specific regional and local settings. Second, smart cities research needs engagement of citizens, SMEs, public sector organizations (health, education, etc.) and…

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Unblocking technology and knowledge commercialisation in Peru

CONCYTEC, Peru’s government agency on science and innovation, needs to define the best policy solution to promote economic benefits from research. This includes commercialisation of knowledge and technology, and sets the challenge of collaborative work between universities (that produce knowledge and research) with the private sector. This is an issue that countries like Chile and…

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Development of a wholistic action plan to increase the mobility of future apprentices within Germany

The project, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, addressed challenges in the vocational educational and training system in Germany. Currently, the labour market for young adults is in relatively good shape, but at the same time more and more adolescents are unable to find vocational training positions. Possible solutions include support…

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Study on the economic impact of the utility model legislation in selected Member States

This study was an impact assessment of utility model legislation in Europe. In particular, it included an analysis of how this type of patent-like IPR instrument supports incremental innovation. It also scrutinised usage of utility models (motives, barriers) in Europe. We drafted recommendations for the EU and the EC on how to further deal with the…

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Verschuivende paradigma’s in het ruimtelijk economisch beleid

Het regionaal economisch beleid heeft in de afgelopen periode een tweetal paradigmashift ondergaan. De eerste verandering betreft de keuze voor sterke regio’s (pieken in de delta) in plaats van het ondersteunen van achterblijvende regio’s. De tweede verandering is het overdragen van verantwoordelijkheden in het regionaal economisch beleid naar de regio’s zelf in plaats van een…

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