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The Role of Project Coordinators in European Commission Framework Programme Projects. Results of the Innovation Radar PC Survey in FP R&I Projects

James Cunningham (), Paul O’Reilly (), Daire Hooper (), Daniel Nepelski () and Vincent Van Roy
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James Cunningham: Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School
Paul O’Reilly: Technological University Dublin
Daire Hooper: Technological University Dublin

No JRC120015, JRC Working Papers from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: This report presents key findings of the Innovation Radar Project Coordinators Survey in European Framework Programme Research and Innovation projects, a purposeful sample of European Framework Programme (FP) Project Coordinators (PC). The objective is to identify the practices and activities of PCs leading EU FP projects and to understand their impact on innovation outcomes. The survey findings confirm the lynchpin role of PCs in the European FP R&I projects. Their role clearly extends significantly beyond that identified in the Horizon 2020 User Guide which sees the PC as "the main contact point between the consortium and the Commission for a particular grant". The PC is far more than simply "the proposal initiator in the submission phase" but taking account of their prime role in project conceptualisation and consortia formation, the PC is in effect the principal translator of the EC funded research programme and responsible for how the majority of the European research budget is invested. Identifying the PC as a scientific entrepreneur significantly changes how the PC role is viewed. Recognising the PC as a scientific entrepreneur means their engagement with the PC during the project should be less about monitoring and oversight during project implementation, and more about providing the entrepreneur with support.

Keywords: European Commission; Framework Programme; FP7; H2020; Project Coordinators; Principal Investigators; innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 2020-03
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