Dr. Linas Eriksonas
Organisation: UAB „Europarama“
Position in the organisation: Partner
Biography note: Linas ERIKSONAS works as an innovation policy and technology venture consultant helping high-tech companies to access R&D public funding in the EU and also contributes as an expert and policy analyst to the activities of the European Commission and the Executive Research Agency. He was a project leader for ICT RTD technology audit in Lithuania commissioned by DG CONNECT which mapped out and identified ICT R&D capacities matching the needs of FP7 ICT programme. Linas holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and a professional management degree from the Open University (UK). Prior to the consultancy work he worked as a programme coordinator for the European Science Foundation and has done research for the Research Council of Norway.
Plenary Session P4 – “Participation of the Central Eastern European Countries in the FP7 Collaborative R&D Projects for Manufacturing”
The participation of CEE countries in the calls launched under the Public Private Partnership “Factories of the Future” (FoF) initiative for the manufacturing sector has been very meagre. Only 2-5% of the budget went to the participants from CEEC in the winning consortia, despite the fact that CEEC has the largest workforce in the manufacturing sector in Europe and is in need of maintaining those jobs by increasing productivity rates through research and innovation activities. Two conclusions were offered to the public as an explanation of the low- level participation in FP7 collaborative R&D consortia. Firstly, it was argued that the participation pattern largely mirrors the overall capacity of economy in individual countries and sectors and it was further suggested that the low participation shows the lack of interest in industrial R&D by the manufacturing industry in CEEC. Secondly, it was argued that no overall explanation for the whole CEEC could be found as each country has a different R&D and innovation system which shapes the conditions for participation. No attempt has been made to-date to explain the participation from the perspective of a company. In order to understand the barriers which make it difficult for CEEC partners to participate in FoF and manufacturing-related collaborative R&D projects the presentation will present the value chain analysis of the successful participants and explain the R&D roles played in economic networks.