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Building Nordic Strength Through More Open R&D Funding – Study 3

The Next Step in NORIA

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Research and innovation are the primary corner stones in efforts to strengthen economic competitiveness in an ever more globalised economy. This study states that the small Nordic nations face fierce challenges within research and innovation, and recommends that Nordic research cooperation be strengthened. The study points out that NORIA (Nordic Research and Innovation Area) could be strengthened at little cost by selective mutual opening of national R&D programs. Finally it is analysed what could happen to Nordic states’ interests under a number of different circumstances, specifically a strong/weak ERA (European Research Area) in combination with a strong/weak NORIA. The study concludes that a strong implementation of NORIA would in all cases produce the best position for Nordic actors. The study is compiled for the Nordic Council of Ministers by Technopolis, which has been aided by a reference group with representatives from the Nordic Research Board (NordForsk), Nordic Innovation Centre, Nordic Energy Research and the Nordic Council of Ministers. This study is part of a series of four studies, bearing the common title ”The Nordic Region as a Winner in the Global Innovation Economy”, singling out policy areas, which are relevant for the Nordic countries in the light of globalisation and increased pressures on national economic competitiveness.

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Some Experience of Opening Research Programmes

Opening research programmes across borders is an objective both of the EU and at the Nordic level – certainly to the extent that this is one of the aspects of NordForsk strategy. In this chapter, we discuss, first, Nordic experiences of opening R&D programmes and, second, experience from the rest of Europe. We draw some lessons at the end of the Chapter.

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