A panel of high level independent experts, supported by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, today presented key policy recommendations to help improve the effectiveness of the research and innovation system of Georgia. These recommendations were discussed during a public event hosted by the Tbilisi State University with key representatives of the Georgian research and innovation institutions, industry and the broader stakeholder community. The European Commission was represented by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.
The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility provides strategic advice to countries that aim to reform their national research and innovation systems. At the request of the Georgian government, an independent panel of high-level experts from Poland, Germany, UK and Austria issued policy recommendations in three focus areas:
In-depth analysis of background documents, interviews with key stakeholders and research and innovation actors in December 2017 and February 2018, and feedback loops with national authorities and stakeholders, have led to the publication of the report presented today. The Georgian national authorities expressed their strong political commitment to this exercise.
The Policy Messages stemming from the report are summarised around 4Cs ("Coordination – Concentration – Collaboration – Coherence"):
1st "C" - Strengthen Coordination
2nd "C" - Strengthen Concentration
3rd "C" - Strengthen Collaboration
4th "C" - Strengthen Coherence
In addition, the report presents a rationale for each of these messages and discusses in detail not only the recommendations presented but also operational steps to boost research and innovation in the country. As emphasised by the panel, it is the country's responsibility to ensure follow-up and implement the recommendations in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of its research and innovation system.
The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility provides expertise and operational support to the design, implementation and evaluation of structural reforms of national research and innovation systems through a broad range of services: country peer reviews, support to specific policy reforms, and project-based mutual learning exercises to improve policy-making practice. It is funded through Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Georgia, being a country associated to Horizon 2020 since 2016, is entitled to benefit from the support of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility.
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