European Commission publishes Study on Network Analysis of the 7th Framework Programme Participation

Published on November 10 2015

The European Commission recently published a final report prepared by Science-Metrix that examined the effectiveness of the Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme’s (FP7) network approach in achieving EU research policy objectives and fostering Europe’s international competitiveness in S&T. Study on Network Analysis of the 7th Framework Programme Participation is one of several preparatory studies for the overall ex-post evaluation of FP7 and was carried out from November 2013 to February 2015 by Science-Metrix in consortium with Fraunhofer ISI and Oxford Research.

In preparing this study, analytical approaches included desk research and a literature review, a social network analysis, a survey of FP7 participants, a regression analysis, case studies including interviews, and a workshop with representative stakeholders. A logic model was developed to address the questions raised in the terms of reference and to assess whether FP7’s network approach contributed to achieving the EU’s research policy objectives.

The report delivers 46 findings on networks at the organizational, regional and national levels under FP7, as well as six recommendations for capitalizing on networks in future framework programmes. Key findings related to the following:

  • identification and analysis of structural holes in the network,
  • triggers for and benefits of knowledge transfer between framework programmes,
  • the effect of new organizations and new collaborations on innovation,
  • the effects of multidisciplinarity and intersectorality,
  • FP7’s contribution to integration of ERA regions and to international research relations, and
  • project management challenges and optimal project size.

Read the report here: [PDF]

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