MORE IV study Support data collection and analysis concerning mobility patterns and career paths of researchers

In the MORE4 project, PPMI, together with IDEA Consult and WIFO, support the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) in the evidence-based policy development on the research profession in Europe. We provide up-to-date and internationally comparable data, indicators and analysis focused on the mobility, career paths, working conditions and remuneration of researchers in Europe.

The study consists of two large-scale surveys and an international indicator report based on a combination of existing data in secondary sources and new indicators from the surveys:

  • The EU HEI survey (April-May 2019; report foreseen by October 2019):
    A survey of more than 10,000 individual researchers currently working in the EU (28 Member States + 3 Associated Countries) in higher education institutions (HEI). The survey will address researchers with both EU and non-EU citizenship. It also includes researchers who have been mobile outside the EU but now have returned to work in the EU. It does not include EU and non-EU researchers who are currently working outside the EU. The sampling and survey strategy guarantee representative data at country level. This survey will be based on online and telephone interviews (CAWI and CATI).
  • The global survey (March-April 2020; report foreseen by August 2020):
    A survey of more than 4,000 individual researchers currently working outside the EU. The majority (but not all) of the researchers in the sample work in higher education institutes. The survey includes i) EU researchers currently working outside the EU, ii) non-EU researchers who have worked in the EU in the past, iii) non-EU researchers who have not worked in the EU but who have been internationally mobile elsewhere and iv) non-EU researchers who have not been mobile at all.
  • The set of internationally comparable indicators (report foreseen by October 2019):
    A selection of around 30 key indicators on researchers, their careers and mobility will be developed and presented in colour-coded scorecards for quick reference to the main indicators on the topic.

We have identified new indicators that meet emerging policy needs and priorities and will acompany the existing indicators. As in MORE3, not only patterns, motives and barriers of mobility, but also the effects of mobility for individual researchers are analysed. Dual positions, virtual mobility, short-term mobility and collaboration in relation to international mobility are mapped and the motivating factors and barriers for intersectoral mobility disclosed. As in MORE3, the current study also pays attention to policies for young researchers and for open science, open innovation and openness to the world. These developments are reflected in the analysis and indicators.

A comprehensive report on each of the surveys and the international indicators will be made available under “Deliverables”. The MORE1, MORE2, and MORE3 reports are currently still accessible on the website of the European Commission: Euraxess Policy Library.

Another deliverable of MORE4 project will be an indicator tool where the main indicators from the EU HEI surveys carried out in MORE2, MORE3 and MORE4 can be downloaded per country, gender, field of science, career stage and year (2012, 2016, 2019). The indicator tool containing data collected in previous MORE studies (up to MORE3) can be accessed through the MORE3 website.

For more information on the progress of this study, please refer to the MORE4 website.

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