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An EU-funded project has outlined a vision of how the future of Europe’s international research cooperation might develop. The Scope 2015 project, commissioned by the DG Research of the European Commission, had the following main objectives:
The project studied trends and drivers of research and research infrastructures in countries in four world regions: Commonwealth of Independent States (excluding Russia), Latin America (excluding Brazil), Maghreb and Mashreq, and sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). It emerged that the four regions shared many of the same problems: under investment in research, brain drain, little private research, research institutes and governance in need of reform.
The project team developed three 10-year scenarios for each region and after discussing them with policy makers and scientists, came up with a set of recommendations for possible action by the European Commission, proposing, among other things:
The final draft of the project’s report should be available in the coming months.SCOPE 2015 website