The EC has launched the 2014 edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Survey on how to implement a ‘single market’ within the EU for researchers, knowledge and technology. Taking into account the EC’s aim that all the elements should be in place to create a properly functioning ERA by 2014, the 2014 ERA Survey is therefore “crucial for identifying areas where progress has been made and where further efforts are required”. The results of the Survey, which follows on from a similar exercise in 2012, will also be “aggregated at national level to reflect the overall state of play in each country”. The deadline for sending responses is 21 March 2014.
The Survey, which contains a range of questions but has been streamlined compared to the 2012 edition, has been divided into two formats – one for ‘organisations that fund research’ and one for ‘organisations that perform or perform and fund research’. Accordingly, national Research Councils/funding agencies as well as universities and research institutes are encouraged to complete the survey. The results of the Survey will also feed into the development of the next ERA Progress Report, due to be published later in 2014.
The Survey can be accessed here.