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Malta plans ahead to boost its R&I performance

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The Maltese government has called on the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) for helping to boost its research and innovation (R&I) system's performance. The PSF peer review will inform the design of Malta’s 2020 National R&I Strategy.

On 24 July 2018, Maltese authorities met in Brussels with the European Commission and a PSF panel of experts and peers from Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Switzerland to agree on  the roadmap for the comprehensive ‘Peer Review of the Maltese Research and Innovation System’.

Discussions during the kick-off meeting focused on the ‘content’ and ‘process’ of the peer review, including:

  • the scope of the policy challenges to be addressed by the panel,
  • the existing policies, instruments, and structure of the R&I system, and
  • the practical details (work plans, roles and responsibilities, preparing country visits).

The project will assess whether Malta has adequate and appropriate R&I policies, structures, resources, measures and instruments in place to achieve its broader strategic and economic goals.

The PSF panel, chaired by Dieter Max Imboden, emeritus professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and former President of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, has until Spring 2019 to conduct the peer review and report its findings and recommendations so as to help the Maltese government plan robust priorities for its next National R&I Strategy.

For more information:

Learn more about the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility Specific Support to Malta

See the Factsheet on the Maltese research and innovation system peer review


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