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Policy Recommendations to Modernize Georgia’s Research and Innovation System

On 14 June, a panel of high-level independent experts, supported by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, presented key policy recommendations to help improve the effectiveness of the research and innovation system in Georgia.

These recommendations were discussed with key representatives of Georgian research and innovation institutions, industry and the broader stakeholder community during a public event hosted by Tbilisi State University. The European Commission was represented by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility provides strategic advice to countries that aim to reform their national research and innovation systems. At the request of the Georgian government, an independent panel of high-level experts from Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria issued policy recommendations in three focus areas: identification of promising research fields, performance-based funding of research entities and how to narrow the gap between research and industry/business and strengthen the links between the science and business spheres in the country.

The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility provides expertise and operational support to the design, implementation and evaluation of structural reforms of national research and innovation systems through a broad range of services: country peer reviews, support to specific policy reforms, and project-based mutual learning exercises to improve policy-making practice. It is funded through Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. Georgia, as a country associated to Horizon 2020 since 2016, is entitled to benefit from the support of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility.