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issue: Securing Suggestion: A small number of functional partnerships excellence through robust coordination - Secure a high level of complementarity between the strategic agenda of the between national, EU and national research programmes European and - Only select the most excellent partnerships international research activities and avoiding - Combine the lessons learned from joint technology initiatives and different overlap ERA-NET schemes; establish one empowered ERA framework for partnerships and for coordination of national and sub-national research agendas - European research agencies, institutions and researchers need to work more closely in strategic partnerships; each partnership should focus on a defined but small number of pertinent challenges and include a spectrum of disciplines - Strategic partnerships should be selected and supported by a combination of ex-ante evaluations and regular peer-reviewed monitoring; these will be based on annual reporting, ensuring that those demonstrating good progress are continued while failing partnerships are terminated - The partnership model should introduce a result-oriented contractual scheme at the interface between the EU Commission and the individual partners, thus allowing organisational freedom at the project level within the partnership - Researchers and research proposals that pass the EU threshold for funding should be eligible for privileged consideration for funding in their national research programmes if their original submission failed to gain funding issue: Striking a balance Suggestion: Flexible roadmapping between the short and long-term impact needs - Long-term planning should be implemented through use of flexible, openended of society in the work multiannual roadmaps for each challenge programmes - Short-term planning should be carried out by challenge-specific programme with clear reference to the respective roadmap - Challenge-specific research should focus on mid-term needs (5-15 years) - Short-term needs should be dealt with through continued, effective communication between researchers and end-users, with at least 10% of the resources being spent on a supported project/programme/partnership/network - The longer-term perspectives should be addressed by the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Research Councils with reference to institutional priorities in research infrastructure and recruitment issue: Setting up a Suggestion: Transparency and inclusion simplistic and fully transparent funding system - Make the process from idea to call transparent and include a wide range of promoting responsible stakeholders in the year-to-year unfolding of the research programme research and innovation - The deliberations of the challenge-specific programme committees should be made available to the public. - Make use of open virtual hearing systems, including expression of interest calls where relevant - Support and organise large stakeholder meetings but keep the number of meetings to a minimum following the concept of “fewer and better” issue: Organisation of Suggestions: Less bureaucracy more expertise a solid foundation for addressing excellence - The challenge-specific Programme Committees should consist of researchers and the most important only, appointed in their personal capacities as excellent researchers or through research needs of Europe their role in the national research councils. - The enhanced number of new actors participating as core advisers to the system could be balanced out by less involvement of policymakers from national funding agencies. 7


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