Study on fostering industrial talents in research at European Level

The overall study objective was to examine the feasibility of additional EU-level initiatives to increase the participation of academic and industrial researchers in intersectoral mobility (“ISM”) in Europe. The specific objectives were to:

  • Produce an inventory of existing literature on ISM in Europe and selected third countries;
  • Identify up to 10 examples of formal national ISM schemes per country, and examples of mobility between sectors taking place through informal means;
  • Identify and analyse the barriers and drivers of the uptake of ISM, including the availability of, and access to support structures, guidance and training and funding mechanisms for researchers;
  • Ascertain the level of ISM among researchers in the EU-28 Member States, EFTA/ EEA and candidate countries, and between the EU and third countries;
  • Identify five good practice examples of ISM schemes and critically evaluate these, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses and examining the scope for replicability;
  • Develop recommendations as to what form possible further EU-level interventions to increase the intersectoral mobility of researchers – if deemed necessary – might take.

PPMI steered the study and supported its partners EPRD, CSES and INOVA+ in implementation of the different study activities. Our experts contributed to mapping of relevant literature and identification of national ISM schemes in Lithuania and Latvia, drafting of the study reports and formulation of the study recommendations.

The study provided an in-depth baseline and gap analyses, elaborating on the variety of national ISM schemes available across the countries within scope and their key parameters (e.g. scheme design, management and implementation modes, funding and evaluation arrangements, funding mechanisms and sources, etc.). It also assessed the feasibility of further EU interventions in future to strengthen participation in ISM and proposed a set of options for such intervention, ranging from mainstreaming of intersectoral mobility as a horizontal theme to streamlining of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and expanding of the SME Associate Pilot Scheme.

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