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TALLINN CALL FOR ACTION 2017 - Seize the opportunity now: R&I matter for the future of Europe - Statement of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

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TALLINN CALL FOR ACTION 2017 - Seize the opportunity now: research and innovation matter for the future of Europe - Statement of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Call for Action
We call upon all stakeholders involved in R&I to play their part and show commitment to bring about a vital change in policy choices in favour of research and innovation.

Priority 1 - Ensure investment in research and innovation

1. Make research and innovation a real priority:

  • Policymakers:
  • Reaffirm research as a critical success factor and prioritize R&I in Europe’s future strategy and national strategies. 
  • Increase budgets for R&I, both at national and EU level. Ringfence and protect R&I funding in the next EU budget. Provide more funding opportunities for collaborative research at low levels of market-readiness. 
  • Keep working towards the realization and strengthening of the European Research Area. Achieve pan-European impact by encouraging openness and mobilise untapped potential from all regions.
  • Companies: Acknowledge research-based innovation as the cornerstone of growth and productivity. Engage both with policymakers and the public to explain your needs, especially when seeking public funding.

2. Ensure that the right policies and frameworks are in place:

  • Policymakers, research funders, academia: Ensure the effective use of research results by making a swift and full transition to open access of research results.
  • Policymakers, research funders, research organisations: Actively promote excellent R&I ecosystems that support co-creation, interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. Ensure effective support for researchers by encouraging all types of work mobility and career development. Establish a culture of risk-tolerance and creativity.
  • Policymakers: Maximize the efficiency and use of resources by ensuring complementarity of funding between national and EU funding programmes, as well as streamlining and harmonizing all EU funds supporting R&I.

Priority 2 - Increase the impact of R&I investments

1. Recognise a broad notion of impact that acknowledges the societal value of research for policy and practice:

  • Policymakers, research funders, academia: Foster the necessary cultural change to embrace the broad notion of impact. Develop a more sophisticated and dynamic approach to impact assessment. 

2. Ensure that the right policies and frameworks are in place:

  • Policymakers, research funders, academia: Ensure the effective use of research results by making a swift and full transition to open access of research results.
  • Policymakers, research funders, research organisations: Actively promote excellent R&I ecosystems that support co-creation, interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange. Ensure effective support for researchers by encouraging all types of work mobility and career development. Establish a culture of risk-tolerance and creativity.
  • Policymakers: Maximize the efficiency and use of resources by ensuring complementarity of funding between national and EU funding programmes, as well as streamlining and harmonizing all EU funds supporting R&I.

3. Broaden and improve research education:

  • Policymakers, academia: Ensure sound training for people to strengthen their understanding of research and skills needed for the 21st century labour market. Embrace diversity by increasing opportunities for the young, women, creatives and other talent to get involved in R&I.

4. Strenghten the role of research in policymaking:

  • Policymakers: Establish research-based policymaking at EU and national levels. Make the process of policy development and decision-making more transparent, explaining how decisions are made.
  • Researchers: Consider potential applications and societal impact of your research. Assume a proactive role in providing scientific advice and offer your expertise and knowledge to inform public debate.
  • Research organisations, policymakers: Create better engagement opportunities between researchers, innovators and policymakers, e.g. create channels for communication between them, establish advisory organisations and positions.

Priority 3 - Build trust between research and society, and within the R&I system

1. Improve the way research is communicated:

  • Academia: Communicate the impact and results of your work, develop dialogues with the public and policymakers to clarify and facilitate understanding of the issues.
  • Media: Provide high-quality and engaging communication about research via all media channels. Demonstrate to citizens how much R&I contributes to their quality of life, and helps us to overcome challenges we are facing. Be constructively critical in reporting the process and limitations of scientific research.

2. Engage people in the co-creation of the future:

  • Research funders, research organisations, researchers: Engage the public and all levels of government with research that affects them. Look for possibilities to co-design and co-implement solutions to societal challenges, based on science and innovation.
  • Academia, research funders: Follow and promote the principles of integrity and good research practices. Be open and understandable when explaining the work you do
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