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Strong national policies boost joint programming

Countries where research ministries and parliament work closely together on research policy are better equipped to participate in Joint Programming Initiatives, a report has found.

The Mutual Learning Exercise, published on 22 June as part of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, found that close working relationships between national parliaments and research policymakers help promote JTIs. It also showed that when national research programmes align with EU-wide societal challenges, participation in JPIs is improved.

The study, which focused on ten member states including Estonia, Austria and Sweden highlighted that every country considered itself “relatively weak” in measuring the impact of JPI research and reaping the socio-economic benefits, “with serious methodological and practical barriers to tackling this weakness". The report said most countries saw a lack of learning from previous error.

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