PLATFORM publishes Policy Brief No. 4: Alignment in the bioeconomy

The fourth and final PLATFORM Policy Brief - No 4 "Alignment in the bioeconomy" has been published and focusses on alignment in the bioeconomy as a concept to fight fragmentation in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) on all levels: scientific, policy, professional and education, both nationally and internationally. The policy brief advocates to continue strategic approaches undertaken by Member States in research programme alignment to modify their national research programmes and recommends that a high political level is required  to align the respective national and EU legislation. The new Framework Programme FP9 can play a role in enabling an improved approach facilitating to maximize the impact of future EU research and innovation in the bioeconomy.

This policy brief is a result of discussions held at the PLATFORM Annual Event 2017, 5-6 October, Rome, Italy, in the session  ”Impact and alignment”. The session was based on the inventory on alignment activities of ERA-NET Cofund Actions in the bioeconomy which was performed as part of Task 2.3. Participants included the PLATFORM project team, many representatives from bioeconomy ERA-NETs, JPIs and SCAR WGs, and invited representatives from other coordination and learning projects and relevant European level policy bodies.

During its course, PLATFORM published four policy briefs to communicate results of analysis and discussions to decision makers at national and European level. The policy briefs are produced in frame of the Work Package 2 Policy: “Bottom-up recommendations to improve impact”. The intention of policy briefs is to support and inform national programme owners and managers in their endeavours towards better coordination, the need for P2P cooperation and also towards opening up to currently underrepresented Member States that would be interested to join. The actors within the existing ERA-NETs and JPIs have, collectively, a good oversight and expertise and are well-positioned to explore opportunities for collaboration, as well as to give recommendations on new networks needed.

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