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UPDATES March 2017: JoREP

The Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth of the National Research Council of Italy (IRCRES CNR) manages JoREP 2.0 database. It stores data on joint R&D programmes, providing a quantitative basis for the monitoring of investments in joint R&D programmes. It also allow understanding and interpreting the strategies adopted by the different actors involved in the programmes in terms of the underlying logics which frame their behaviour.

 

In the course of the RISIS project, the previous JOREP facility was updated – on the side of substantial contents – and enlarged – in terms of country coverage –, assuming the new name of JoREP (Joint Research Programmes Database) since December 2015. The new version 2.0 supports, using network or spatial analyses methods, an improved potential for the analysis of the processes related to the Europeanisation of research activities.

 

Main changes related to the new version are:

  • -Updating to the new baseline 2014. A collection of European-level joint R&D programmes data at programme level and participation level was performed covering the period from 2010 to 2014. The activity produced a rise in the number of programmes stored in the database – from 97 to 152 – due to the inclusion new 55 European-level joint R&D programmes. In addition, data on programmes already included in the previous version of the facility and still active in 2013-2014 were collected and released in the new version. Furthermore, a large programme like EUREKA was unpacked into its three funding instruments – EUREKA Individual Projects, EUREKA Clusters and EUROSTARS.
  • -Enlargement to 32 countries. The new release presents an enlargement of geographical coverage – from 11 to 32 countries (EU28 plus CH; IL; NO; TR) – for data on funding on European-level programmes for the period 2010-2014, in so providing a sound quantitative basis for the monitoring of investments in joint R&D programmes.
  • -New set of indicators. A new set of indicators at country level was retrieved from official statistics and included for all the 32 countries, allowing analyses based on country characteristics.

 

In terms of exploitation of the database:

  • – The IRCRES CNR team have investigated the determinants of different levels of funding engagement in joint R&D programmes. They have explored the possibility to use non-spatial proximity and the geographical proximity to understand how being close or distant in the proximity dimensions affects the decision makers (governments and RFOs) at national level to engage in participation and mobilize funding of transnational joint research programmes. This work has been submitted and presented at STI 2016. In a second study, researchers from IRCRES are exploring how the different research partners are related among them in the different transnational research programmes. This networked environment provides a great opportunity to understand how these relationships are made; which are the main actors and their role into the system; and how the network operates in order to improve the European R&D system.
  • – During the last six months, two research projects involving JoREP ‘on-site’ visits have been received (1 accepted, 1 refused). Our visitor from University of Coimbra was mostly interested in performing a quantitative analysis based on digital datasets and platforms established at EU level, in order to define and analyze the assemblage of the socio-technical network designed and implemented to foster scientific collaborations in the ERA.

 

An evaluation of feasibility for retrieving project level data on JTis and JPIs was performed in order to build the linkage between JoREP and EUPRO database, but also with ETER and OrgReg. It produced very encouraging results, which will allow interoperability among the RISIS facilities.

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