Transition phase & background

An emerging issue in the discussions on European partnerships is related to options for improving the efficiency of implementation, which was one topic that a specific ERAC Working Group on R&I partnerships was working on.

Based on a request of that working group, ERA-LEARN developed and analysed a corresponding survey on efficiency of implementation, which was addressed to all three categories of partners, i.e. policy makers, research funders implementing partnerships and researchers funded by partnerships.

The survey found that streamlining activities related to proposal submission and evaluation, project monitoring and impact assessment and project reporting into a more harmonised and coherent way is a desirable or highly desirable measure for both policy makers and research
funders.

This was the starting point of the transition phase, details of the developments are given in the subpages of this chapter.