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Open consultations

Title and description Policy activity Target Group Closing date
* Consultation on Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016-2017 Research and Innovation All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from research institutions, civil society organisations, business, policy makers, higher education institutions, science museums, science shops, scientific centres of excellence, local public authorities, cities of scientific culture, innovators and entrepreneurs. 12.10.2014
* Consultation on 'Science 2.0': Science in Transition - European Commission Science Policy Groups to be mainly targeted with the consultation are: Universities and university associations, Research Performing Organisations, Research Funding Organisations, Scientific Libraries, Academies, Learned society, Scholarly Publishers and intermediaries, Businesses in the field of 'Science 2.0' 30.09.2014
 

Closed consultations

Title and description Policy activity Target Group Closing date Results and follow-up
* Public consultation: European Metrology Research Programme under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from companies, organisations and researchers active in metrology research and its application. 23.12.2012 Final Report 700 KB Follow up 4 MB
* Public consultation on "Bio-based industries, towards a public-private partnership under Horizon 2020?" Research and Innovation This public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for inputs from all those directly or indirectly connected with the bio-based industry value chain, including representatives of public authorities, farmers and foresters, businesses and associations, academics and technical experts, civil society organisations and individual citizens. 14.12.2012
* Consultation on possible topics for future activities for integrating and opening national research infrastructures Research and Innovation Research infrastructures stakeholders, e.g. operators of research infrastructures and user communities 22.10.2012
* Consultation on the preparation of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from fuel cells & hydrogen stakeholders including industry, research organisations and universities. 04.10.2012 Results of the consultation 480 KB
* Consultation on plans for a public-private partnership in life sciences research and innovation under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from companies, organisations and researchers active in life sciences research and innovation. 04.10.2012 Results of the consultation 612 KB
* Consultation on the preparation of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative under Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from Aviation stakeholders including research organisations and universities. 04.10.2012 Results of the consultation 805 KB
* Stakeholder consultation on the European Fusion Research Programme Research and Innovation In its proposal for the Euratom Programme 2014-18, part of Horizon 2020, the European Commission (EC) states: "The strategy to develop fusion as a credible option for commercial carbon-free energy production shall follow a roadmap with milestones towards the goal of electricity production by 2050. To implement that strategy, a radical restructuring of fusion-related work in the Union, including governance, funding and management, shall be carried out to ensure a shift of emphasis from pure research to designing, building and operating future facilities such as ITER, DEMO and beyond. That shall require a close cooperation between the entire Union fusion community, the Commission and the national funding agencies." Following the EU Council's initial reaction, the Commission is planning to complement the proposal by preparing a Communication on the future implementation of the fusion programme. It is in this context that the Commission would like to consult all stakeholders, and is inviting in particular key members of the fusion community to complete the present Web-based survey. 21.09.2012
* Consultation on the ERA Framework: Areas of untapped potential for the development of the European Research Area (ERA) Research and Innovation This public consultation aims at gathering views and evidence from stakeholders on the key obstacles which have to be tackled to achieve a well-functioning ERA. Completing ERA will require the support and effort of all Member States and Associated Countries and their stakeholders (e.g. research performing organisations including universities, funding organisations, researchers, private sector and civil society). The consultation aims to reinforce the Commission analysis of the key issues to be addressed as well as to gather views on their importance: researchers' careers and mobility, research infrastructures, cross-border operation of research actors, knowledge circulation, international cooperation and cross-cutting governance issues. 30.11.2011
* Consultation on scientific information in the digital age Research and innovation, information society All citizens and organisations concerned with access to and preservation of digital scientific information are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from governments, research institutions and universities, libraries, scientific publishers, research funding organisations, businesses, individual researchers and other interested parties. 09.09.2011
* Public consultation on the "bio-based economy for Europe: state of play and future potential" Research and Technology - The Europe 2020 Strategy and in particular the Innovation Union and Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiatives. Public consultation is intended to provide opportunities for inputs from those directly or indirectly linked to the bio-based economy sectors, including representatives of public authorities, businesses and associations, academics and technical experts, civil society organisations and individual citizens. 02.05.2011 The outcomes of the consultation are available on the consultation page
* Consultation on Green Paper – towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding Research, innovation, ICT, education, enterprise/industry, energy, transport, environment Researchers, research organisations, businesses, business associations, governmental bodies, non-governmental organisations 20.05.2011 The outcomes of the consultation are available through the consultation website
* Consultation on the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Innovation - Technology - Health Stakeholders – General public 28.01.2011
* Public consultation on the Seventh Framework Programme Research and Technology Member of an FP7 Programme Committee, Member of an FP7 Advisory Group, National Contact Point, Evaluator of proposals (peer reviewer), Involved (now or earlier) in a project of the Framework Programme, Other (individual or organisation). 27.08.2010
* Public consultation regarding a future proposal for a new European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Research & Technological Development Stakeholders – General public 22.06.2010 Analysis of results 993 KB
* TOWARDS A STRATEGIC NANOTECHNOLOGY ACTION PLAN (SNAP) 2010-2015 Research - Nanotechnology Stakeholders – General public 19.02.2010 Report 4.53 MB
* Consultation on the REVISION OF THE "CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RESPONSIBLE NANOSCIENCES AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH" Research - Nanotechnologies All people and organisations involved or interested by Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies research in Europe, and notably policy makers, industry, media and civil society organisations 03.01.2010 Analysis of results 63 KB
* Ideas for simplifying the implementation of the EU Framework Programmes Research and technology Member of an FP7 Programme Committee, Member of an FP7 Advisory Group, National Contact Point, Evaluator of proposals(peer reviewer), Involved (now or earlier) in a project of the Framework Programme, Other (citizen, organisation or public authority) 30.09.2009
(previously 15.09.2009)
In 2010, the European Commission plans to issue a Communication on possibilities for simplifying the implementation of the European RTD Framework Programmes. For gathering ideas, the Commission opened an online consultation. Ideas were sought under two broad headings:
  • Improvements to processes and systems that could be implemented under the current legal basis of the 7th Framework Programme (e.g. better guidance and communication, improved workflows, improved IT systems...).
  • More profound changes of the modes of implementation of the EU research budget that would require adaptations to the legal basis (in particular the Framework Programme, Rules for Participation, model grant agreements).
Summary of outcomes (PDF 155 KB)
* RD4SD – EUROPEAN RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The RD4SD exercise aimed at discussing how European research can be harnessed for sustainability. This was done with the help of an expert group chaired by Luke Georghiou from the Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School. The mandate required the expert group to explore the following three questions:

  1. To what extent does sustainable development require changes in the way we carry out research?
  2. To what extent does sustainable development require changes in the way we elaborate research policies?
  3. Which indicators do we need to grasp the contribution of research to sustainable development?

The final results of this exercise were presented and discussed at the conference, "Sustainable development: a challenge for European Research", held on May 26-28 2009. Contributions to this exercise were possible through the web-based consultation until end-March 2009. Please consult the final version of the expert group Report Gearing European Research towards sustainability. RD4SD Exercise  2.8 MB .

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned end-March 2009 Gearing European Research towards sustainability. RD4SD Exercise  2.8 MB .
* PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EU FUNDING FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION

Central to the realisation of the goals of the Lisbon Agenda is the need to promote the knowledge economy, in particular through research, technological development and innovation (RTDI). EU support for RTDI is provided mainly through the 7 th Research Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and the Structural Funds. When operating individually, these three funding sources already act as effective tools in support of RTDI. However, their value can be further enhanced by combining them. How can this be done? The answer to this question is provided by the "Practical Guide to EU funding for research, development and innovation" that has been developed by the services of the European Commission. In addition to practical information on combining the different funding sources, the guide includes a description of each fund, advice for policy makers and an innovative Checklist and Scorecard. These allow potential beneficiaries to quickly identify exactly how they can access European funding at every stage of the development and implementation of a project.
The English text of the Practical Guide was presented in draft form by Commissioner Potočnik in conjunction with the recent conference on Research Infrastructures organised by the Commission and the Slovenian Presidency ( Brdo, Slovenia, 5-6 March 2008). At the conference, the Commissioner announced that potential users of the Practical Guide would have until the end of April to provide comments and suggestions as to how the text could be made even more practical and user-friendly, after which it be finalised and translated.

Research and technological development and innovation Stakeholders 31 April 2008 PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EU FUNDING FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION
* Stakeholder consultation on the preparation of a European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) via a potential Article 169 of the Treaty

The European Commission is preparing a legislative proposal to support the implementation of a joint European Research Programme in the field of Metrology (EMRP) based on the integration of the national programmes in this field.
The initiative comes from a wide group of EU Member States who are willing to integrate the scientific, financial and management aspects of their national metrology programmes. By means of Article 169 of the Treaty, the Community can participate actively in this voluntary integration by means of providing additional financial support for EMRP.
With this consultation, the Directorate General for Research intends to consult all stakeholders and interested parties on the key principles of setting up such an EMRP using the Article 169.
Metrology should be understood in its widest sense as covering both the theoretical and practical aspects of measurement in all fields of research: ranging from standardisation, reference materials to instruments, measurement standards, techniques and procedures.

Research and technological development and innovation Stakeholders 8 July 2008 not yet available
  For more information please read this consultation paper (PDF - 448kB 26 kB).  
* Towards a Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research

On 18 July 2007, the European Commission announced a public consultation on a Recommendation on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research. The consultation will provide input for a Recommendation on governance of this emerging area of science, which the Commission will put forward later this year. Contributions are expected from a broad cross-section of European society, including the scientific community, industry, civil society, policy-makers, media and the general public.

Research and technological development and innovation Public and
Stakeholders
21 September 2007 not yet available
  For more information please read this consultation paper (PDF - 448kB 42 kB). 
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Public consultation on "Philanthropic Contributions to Support Research in European Universities"

The aim of this consultation is to gather more information on the interactions between European universities and philanthropic sources, especially those specifically geared towards raising funds for university-based research. The questionnaire is aimed at vice-chancellors and rectors of European universities who are invited to share their knowledge with the independent Expert Group set up by the Directorate General for Research last January. The objective of this group is to explore ways in which universities could raise more funds for research from philanthropic sources. (Please see more about the Expert Group: http://ec.europa.eu/invest-in-research/policy/expert_en.htm).

Research and technological development and innovation Rectors and Vice-chancellors of European universities 16 July 2007 not yet available
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Public Consultation on the Green Paper 'European Research Area: New Perspectives'

The European Commission invites citizens and stakeholders to participate in the debate on the European Research Area (ERA), in particular by putting forward their views in this public consultation.
The consultation is based on the questions raised in the Green Paper 'The European Research Area: New Perspectives'.
The results of the debate will be used by the Commission to prepare initiatives that will be proposed in 2008.

Research and technological development and innovation Public and
Stakeholders
31 August 2007 See: consultation section of ERA site
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Public consultation on the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan)

Europe has entered a new energy era. European competitiveness, climate change and security of energy supply are the drivers for the transformation of the energy system.
Transforming the energy system will take decades, but for this to happen it seems necessary to transform now the energy innovation system that will deliver the efficient and low-carbon technologies needed.
To achieve this goal the European Commission has proposed to develop in 2007 a 'European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan)' (COM (2006)847)
This public consultation offers the opportunity to all interested stakeholders to express their views on the need and possible contents of the SET-Plan at a very early stage of its preparation.

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 31 May 2007 see results on the energy web site
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Public consultation on transnational research cooperation and knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry

The aim of this consultation is to identify the main problems public research organisations (such as universities) and industry experience when working together - be they cultural barriers or legal ones - and how the research and industry communities feel that they should be addressed. We therefore welcome the views of all stakeholders concerned, including those of universities, industry, SMEs, and publicly-funded research laboratories and public authorities.

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 31 July 2006 not yet available
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Public Consultation on the Draft research agenda for Theme 8 “Socio-economic Sciences and the Humanities” in the 7th Community RTD Framework Programme (2007-2013)

This consultation invites the public, and notably the scientific community, to comment on the draft research agenda for the dedicated socio-economic sciences and humanities part of the next Framework Programme for EU research (FP7).
The consultation covers only Theme 8 of the ‘Cooperation’ specific programme, entitled ‘Socio-economic sciences and the humanities’.
This draft research agenda builds on earlier consultations, the progress of research in previous EU programmes, the current state of research in the fields concerned and takes account of policy needs.

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 30 June 2006 not yet available
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FP7 – Rules for participation – simplification measures

The aim of this consultation is to provide an opportunity for all researchers, but especially those within the EU (and Associated Countries), to offer their views on the 10 proposed measures for simplification contained in the staff working document on simplification that accompanied the Commission proposal on the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). We welcome inputs from all participants on other issues that would be addressed by the Rules for Participation such as intellectual property provisions, evaluation criteria, financial collective responsibility and other participation principles.

 

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned  06/09/2005 for issues related to the rules for participation.

Comments on other aspects of simplification were also welcome after that date.

not yet available
  Please refer to the Commission Staff Working Document on Simplification in FP7 (PDF - 144kB 144 KB ). You may also wish to look at the presentations from the workshop on simplification (16 June 2005): A. Mitsos PDF - 596kB 596kB; Community Financial Contribution PDF - 408kB 408kB; Legal and Financial issues PDF - 394kB 394kB; IPR PDF - 448kB 48kB; Evaluation PDF - 375kB 375kB; From FP6 to FP7 PDF - 43kB 43kB
Follow-up of Luxembourg 16-17 June Workshop PDF - 448kB 25 kB; Minutes: Simplifying participation in EU research: Opening up accessibility for all - Brussels 8 September 2005 PDF - 448kB 272 kB

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Consultation on Social Sciences and Humanities in the 7th Framework Programme

The aim of this consultation is to provide an opportunity for all researchers but especially those within the EU (and Associated Countries) to offer their views on the possible priorities for research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Sciences humaines) in Europe with a view to the preparation of FP7. Please note that we welcome inputs from the humanities research community as from the Social Sciences (including Economic Sciences).

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 31/12/2004 see website
  Please refer to the page on Consultation on Social Sciences and Humanities in the 7th Framework Programme for more details.
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Research Themes in FP7

The Commission welcomes contributions to the debate on identifying future thematic domains for FP7 from the research community and users of research, including: research organisations and associations; industrial and sector associations; individual universities, enterprises and research institutes; and all individuals and groups with an interest in research.

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 31/12/2004 The results are on the web site for research themes in FP7
  Please refer to the page on Research themes in FP7 for more details.
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EU Science and Technology Foresight in FP7

The Commission would welcome views and comments from all regarding EU Science and Technology Foresight in FP7. Contributions would be particularly welcome from the foresight practitioners, policy-makers at national and regional level, research organisations, universities, industry, international organisations and associations.

Research and technological development and innovation Research and technological development and innovation 15/11/2004

The results are on the Science and Technology Foresight web site on CORDIS

Please refer to the page on EU Science and Technology Foresight in FP7 for more details.

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Science and technology, the key to Europe's future - guidelines for future European Union policy to support research

The Commission would welcome views and comments from all regarding the future European research policy. Contributions would be particularly welcome from the research community and users of research, including public institutes, universities, large companies, SMEs, research organisations, international organisations and associations.

Research and technological development and innovation All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 15/10/2004

Statistical overview of results
(PDF - 60kB 60 kB)

See, too, the page on Future European Union research policy.

Please refer to the page on Future European Union research policy for more details.

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The role of the universities in the Europe of Knowledge

The Commission wishes to initiate a debate on the role of universities in Europe's knowledge-based society and economy, and the conditions under which they will be able to fill that role effectively.

Education, training, innovation, research, regional and local development All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 31/05/03

Please e-mail any questions relating to the consultation to the university consultation mailbox.

Document for consultation (COM (2003) 58): es da de el en fr it nl pt fi sv (PDF ca. 140 kB)

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Environmental Technology Action Plan (ETAP)

The Commission intends to put forward an action plan on environmental technology by the end of 2003 and wishes to consult stakeholders and involve them in the preparation of the action plan.

Environment; Technology All parties with an interest in the policy areas mentioned 15/05/03

Outcome of the stakeholders' consultation resulting from COM(2003)131 : 65 kB

Document for consultation (COM (2003) 131): es da de el en fr it nl pt fi sv (PDF ca. 100 kB)

Links: ETAP on the Research web site; ETAP consultation page on the Environment web site