And why does the disparity in participation and access to EU direct funds seems to concern notably new Member States – the so-called EU13? Which are the reasons behind this gap? These are the questions leading the research of MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reforms for Research and Innovation Systems), an EU-funded Support Action aiming at offering an overview of the heterogeneous European panorama in terms of exploitation levels and support mechanisms as related to EU funded programmes/projects, with a focus on the 13 new European Member States.

The first interim results of the projecthave now been published, and its conclusions are important not only for EU13 Member States but for anyone involved in planning, funding, or supporting research in his-own country and interested in analyzing and understanding the key participation factors to leverage in order to design, organize and implement effective support for a successful participation to EU programmes.

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