Nicholas Harrap obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2009 from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoR), University of Manchester, UK. He originally graduated in Medical Biochemistry before undertaking a M.Sc. in Technical Change and Industrial Strategy at MIoR. He has worked as a European Advisor at the UK Research Office (UKRO), the office of the UK Research Councils in Brussels where amongst other things he was an NCP for the FP7 People Programme. He started working at at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre in December 2010 for the NETWATCH project analysing research programme cooperation (ERA-NETs, JPIs etc). Since June 2014 he has been working in the Stairway to Excellence project focussing on the capacity profiles of EU13 countries and regions while further work will consider collaboration networks and knowledge flows. His main interests cover the broad area of science, technology and innovation studies.