Grand Challenges and ERA development principle objectives for international cooperation

The findings of the latest European Commissions’ Mutual Learning Exercise on National Strategies and Roadmaps for International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, have been published in a thematic report. It outlines the main policy challenges and practices concerning design and development of national strategies for international research and innovation cooperation. Starting from a Theory of Change perspective, the report analyses objectives for international cooperation. The four ‘principle objectives’ being the i) Excellence Objective; ii) Science Diplomacy Objective; iii) Development of the European Research Area Objective and iv) Global (or Grand) Challenges Objective. Furthermore, issues regarding the embedding and alignment challenge, the coordination challenge in developing and implementing R&I internationalisation strategies and the task of to anticipate the future are discussed.

The report includes the results from the first Working Meeting of this Mutual Learning Exercise, held in Paris on 3 and 4 June 2019 as well as results of a survey launched directly after the Paris meeting to obtain additional information.   

Mutual learning refers to exchanging, debating and learning from practices used by peers, which are of interest to several European Union (EU) member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020. The aim of the Mutual Learning Exercises are to identify good practices, lessons learned and success factors based on robust evidence.

The Thematic Report can be downloaded here

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