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In January 2017 the Applied Research and Communications Fund started its work on the 30-month long project ResInfra@DR – Facilitating macro-regional scope and link up to socio-economic actors of Research Infrastructure in the Danube Region, supported by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme and the European Union ERDF and IPA Funds. ARC Fund is one of the 14 consortium partners from 11 countries in the Danube Region.

One of the most pronounced bottleneck for the entire Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) funding system and the innovation management cycle in the Danube macro-region is the absence of adequate ex-ante review, monitoring and impact oriented assessments on STI and specifically on research infrastructures (RI). ResInfra@DR project addresses this problem by offering mutual learning opportunities for policy makers and the policy delivery organisations involved in the financing, and for parent organisations operating the research infrastructures.

Sustainable development through region-specific methodologies and co-funding

Evidence based policy making and successful RI investments require strategic tools and guidelines to enhance the socio-economic impact: ResInfra@DR aims to contribute to the efforts both to establish new research infrastructures as well as to upgrade the existing RIs and reassess their functionality i.e. by the development of methodologies, which adequately reflect the specific situation in the Danube macro-region.

Moreover, ResInfra@DR connects the socio-economic actors of RI in the Danube macro-region by improving the framework conditions for innovation and stimulates the private actors to participate in future RI investments through private-public partnerships.

Benefits from an enhanced transnational cooperation in ResInfra@DR

The core benefits of enhanced transnational cooperation in ResInfra@DR are:
  • the mutual learning opportunities for policy stakeholders and policy delivery organisations involved in the financing, and the parent organisations arranging the operation of research infrastructures;
  • better governance of macro-regional objectives and STI policy delivery;
  • the development of joint guidance documents, methodologies and tools that are endorsed by a range of stakeholders from the entire macro region.

The core activities of ResInfra@DR follow its strategic outline and provide:
  • a dialogue focusing on relevant regional, national and macro-regional, as well as on EU level policy fields involving also end-users of RIs;
  • special trainings for defined target groups, thus contributing to capacity building with an outreach to the entire macro-region and beyond the involved partnership;
  • a registry of competent and qualified reviewers for RI assessments;
  • two pilot activities focusing on (1) peer reviews of nine existing RIs and (2) ex-ante assessments of three planned RIs in the Danube macro region;
  • dedicated dissemination and capitalisation actions contributing to the policy take up and utilisation of the results.

Please visit the official website of ResInfra@DR and follow its Twitter and Facebook for “breaking news”.

To contribute to the online discourse please use for example #ResInfra, #DanubeRegion, #STI or #RTDI.

ResInfra@DR is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA).

Start date: 01-01-2017
End date: 30-06-2019
Budget in Euro: Overall: 2,154,989.34
ERDF Contribution in Euro: 1,645,857.99
IPA Contribution in Euro: 185,882.89
Call number: Call 1
Priority: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective: Improve framework conditions for innovation
Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

For further inquiries, please contact:
Mr. Marko Hajdinjak, Senior Analyst
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Programme

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