WP1: Coordination of frameworks and instruments towards a sustainable research and innovation dialogue between the EU Member States, the EU Commission and Russia

The main objective of work package 1 was to support the bilateral STI policy dialogue between policy makers and other stakeholders from the European and Russian STI communities, helping to reinforce strategic STI partnerships between EU and Russia. This included stimulating coordination and exploiting synergies between the EU Member States concerning bilateral approaches in STI cooperation with Russia, and support to the EU-Russia Joint S&T Committee and its Joint Thematic Working Groups. Activities of work package 1 included:
  • Analytical reports on the state of current EU-Russian STI cooperation (including framework conditions) will be prepared as an input for the annual meeting of the EU-Russia Joint S&T Cooperation Committee and for SFIC. Each of the report will provide an overview and will additionally focus on one specific thematic topic (e.g., ICT, nanotechnologies, health, environment etc). The focus topics of the reports will be discussed and agreed with the European Commission. If requested, the reports will be presented at the meetings of the Joint S&T Cooperation Committee.
  • In close contact with the European Commission and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, results of the annual sessions of the EU-Russian S&T Steering Committee will be taken-up and deepened through smaller experts meeting. A summary note will be provided after the meeting. Two such meetings are planned.
  • BILAT-RUS-Advanced will provide a discussion paper with suggestions to broaden the scope of the EU-Russian joint thematic Working Groups beyond FP7 related themes. In addition, existing tools of implementation like coordinated calls and twinning arrangements will be evaluated using the method of small-scale questionnaire and face-to-face meetings with involved participants. New opportunities for STI cooperation, including the advancement of Russia’s research infrastructure (such as “mega science”-projects), will be suggested in view of the upcoming “Horizon 2020”.
  • Priorities of the EU and individual Member States’ governmental programmes targeting Russia and their match with the Russian programmes will be analysed with the objective to find out whether there is room for stronger cooperation between the EU and Russia.
  • Commonly agreed objectives and cooperation/coordination scenarios will be defined, and present them at a larger EU-Russia STI Cooperation Forum. This event will be planned and implemented in close consultation with the EU Commission, SFIC and MON gathering various stakeholders from EU and Russia and providing room for intense dialogue and scenario / roadmap development.