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.
The main aims of the 2013 edition of the ERAWATCH Analytical Country Reports are to characterise and to assess the evolution of national research and innovation policies and systems in the perspective of the EUROPE 2020 Strategy.
The Analytical Country Reports 2013 cover each of the 28 EU member states as well as the eleven countries associated to the EU Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). Following the same basic approach as previous editions, they provide an assessment of:
- recent developments in national research and innovation policies;
- progress towards addressing identified research and innovation system challenges;
- national activities contributing to towards achievement of the European Research Area;
- national activities supporting progress towards the Innovation Union;
- progress in addressing Europe 2020 country specific recommendations related to R&D and innovation.