The main objective of ERAWATCH Annual Country Reports is to characterise and assess the performance of national research and innovation systems and related policies in a structured manner that is comparable across countries. The analytical framework of the reports is developed annually by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre (JRC-IPTS) in collaboration with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG-RTD) and include feedback from external experts. The structure and thematic focus of the Reports may change annually in order to reflect important policy developments. Since 2010, the reports are produced annually for all Members States (MS), the Countries Associated (AS) to the EU Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) and selected Third Countries.
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The 2012 Analytical Country Reports (ACRs) build on and update the 2011 editions.
For Members States and Countries Associated to the EU Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), the 2012 ACRs identify the structural challenges of the national research and innovation system and assess the match between the national priorities and the structural challenges, highlighting the latest developments, their dynamics and impact in the overall national context.
For selected Third Countries, the 2012 ACRs characterise and assess the evolution of the national research and innovation systems and present recent and on-going developments.