This study specifically addresses the need for a strengthened European Research Area (ERA) through an enhancement of the Knowledge Ecosystems across Europe and their interconnections. By collecting strategic intelligence and piloting potential measures, the study will contribute to the implementation of the ERA Communication specifically in relation to four of its strategic priorities: ’Nourishing talents for excellence’, ‘A European Framework for Research Careers’, ‘Strengthening the public science system through synergies with the European Education Area’, and ‘Strengthening innovation ecosystems for knowledge circulation and valorisation’. The study will investigate the organisation and spread of ecosystems at the EU, national, regional and local levels, the role of specific actors active at the core of ecosystems (in particular universities and research organisations), the circulation of knowledge by individual research & innovation talents, and the potential legal and financial measures to support research careers and cooperation. The policy questions underlying this study are:
This project will be structured around main ‘thematic’ strands:
CWTS will be involved in mapping and analysing the knowledge ecosystems and their actors across the ERA (WP1), developing an observatory to monitor progress on the institutional transformation agenda (WP5), defining a European competence framework for R&I talents (WP6), mapping of practices in ERA regarding employment contracts, social security coverage, remuneration, and career development models (WP7) and mapping brain drain and contributing to appropriate solutions which should enable evidence-based and sustainable policies towards balanced brain circulation between Knowledge ecosystems (WP8).
February 2021 until March 2022 (28/03/2022)
AIT, Austrian Institute of Technology, Cecoforma, IDEA Consult, INCENTIM, Catholic University of Leuven, Old Continent, Technopolis Group, ULB Solvay, and WIFO, Austrian Institute of Economic Research