Mapping national/trans-national activities
Example The BiodivERsA Database
A comprehensive ‘map’ of the current state of research on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in Europe in terms of projects, programmes and funding, to improve the identification of existing gaps and future needs for new research programmes, new facilities, as well as detecting potential barriers for successful cooperation.
Example BiodivERsA Strategic analysis
BiodivERsA has used the BiodivERsA database to analyse selected features of the European funding landscape for biodiversity research. Since obtaining extensive information on all the competitive funding sources in a given country is hardly reachable, BiodivERsA mainly focused on the funding derived from the Framework programme at the European scale, and on BiodivERsA’s funding agencies at the national one; these represent major players in funding research within their countries. Though such an analysis does not allow for a complete cross-country comparison, it can still elucidate some major trends in the funding of biodiversity research in Europe.
This mapping aims to support the transnational networking of clusters and competence centres in the thematic areas of M-ERA.NET by providing national/regional companies and research groups with a database to find matching partners for their business and research.
Example FACCE JPI Joint Mapping
FACCE JPI’s joint mapping approach facilitated the identification of current and expected research synergies, duplications and gaps. FACCE member countries conducted five mapping exercises over two years (2011-2013), each of them addressing one of the five FACCE Core Themes (Sustainable food security under climate change; Sustainable intensification of agriculture; Biodiversity and ecosystem services; Climate Change Adaptation; Greenhouse Gas Mitigation). Their outcomes greatly contributed to the development of FACCE-JPI’s Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and First Biennial Implementation Plan (IP 2014-2015).
The ERA-LEARN case study on FACCE JPI’s Joint Mapping Meetings will soon be available at: https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches