The European Commission launches a new instrument in order to boost research and innovation policies in the EU

March 3, 2015

Hat: The European Commission launches a new instrument in order to boost research and innovation policies in the EU

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The European Commission has launched a new instrument  : the Policy Support facility. It will be aimed at developing and reforming Member-states research and innovation policies and it will be funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union by financing research, developement and innovation activities.


Such reforms are a priority for EU economic policy as highly performing research and innovation systems can kick-start renewed growth and job creation. The first countries to make use of the Facility are Bulgaria and Hungary.

Bulgaria is the first Member State which decided to use the PSF. With the support of the Commission, a panel of senior experts and officials from other governments will conduct a Peer Review of Bulgaria and make recommendations for improvements to public funding of research, to research careers, and to knowledge transfer between academia and business.

The Commission has also already agreed to support Hungary to prepare for a possible Peer Review later in the year. The President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office József Pálinkás expressed his commitment to the new initiative.


The Policy Support Facility is a new instrument to give EU Member State governments practical support to identify, implement and evaluate those reforms needed to enhance the quality of their public funding, such as opening up public funding to competition and introducing performance assessments of universities, or stimulating cooperation between academia and business.

It supports government officials from other countries to peer review the effectiveness of research and innovation policies and provides access to independent high level expertise and analysis. It is funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme,with up to 20 million euro.

The 2015 Annual Growth Survey identifies research and innovation (R&I) as one of the seven priorities for Member State structural reforms to boost investment and growth. It highlights reforms to increase the impact of public funding through improved R&I strategies, programmes and institutions, as well as reforms to ensure an investment-friendly environment to stimulate business innovation.

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