Last modified: 2018-04-23
The New Member States (NMS) started to massively participate in the EU Framework Programmes (FP) for research and innovation in 1999 when the fifth FP was launched. However, despite of this long-term experience their participation in the FP remains continuously low: in the current HORIZON 2020 (H2020) programme they receive some 4,4% of the totally distributed financial support.
The article shows that the financial support which the EU Member states receive from the European Commission (EC) for their participation in the EU FP is highly correlated with both their EU membership fees and Gross Expenditures for Research and Development (GERD). Thus, increasing participation of the NMS in the FP can be hardly achieved without increasing their EU membership fees, which depend on their economic performance, and their GERDs. However, the GERD dynamic of the NMS is usually slow and its increased level might bring an effect only after some time lag. The elevation of the NMS participation can be also achieved by implementing measures on both sides, the EC and the NMS, aimed at intensifying their collaboration with the excellent European institutions already in project proposals preparation.