|In order to realize the Barcelona target of 3% of GDP for R&D, the European Council called for coherent policy guidelines with specific timetables for achieving targets; the development of benchmarking and performance indicators to assess progress towards these goals; and the implementation of monitoring, evaluation and peer review procedures to improve this progress.
This project aims to support this process by drawing on all available sources of knowledge, both theoretical and practical, to help identify optimal policy mixes that can lead to increased R&D investments in different country contexts. The value-added of this study over existing knowledge bases, is twofold:
• A focus on the “policy mix” concept, that is until now, weakly and under-developed in existing analyses;
• The transformation of in-depth analyses and existing knowledge bases into user-friendly policy support tools.
The consortium of seven research teams involved in the project brings together deep knowledge of the research policy context, coupled with extensive experience in conducting multi-country studies, evaluations and policy benchmarking exercises to support policymaking.