Research Policy & Development


Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility

Technopolis, Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research and ZSI support research policy development and reform across Europe

Technopolis, Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research and ZSI supporting research policy development and reform across Europe.

ZSI is a member of the consortium that was given a 10 million € framework contract by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation to help implement the EU’s Policy Support Facility (PSF). The consortium is led by Technopolis Group (Brussels office) and also involves Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research (UK). Furthermore, a large group of experts is involved. This instrument, launched in March 2015, aims to support member state governments in identifying, implementing, and evaluating the reforms they need to improve their publicly funded research and innovation systems.

Throughout the project, ZSI provides input to a broad range of services for policy makers in Europe in terms of formulating and implementating  R&I policies such as peer reviews and background analysis on national research and innovation policies, and input to mutual learning events bringing together EU member states and associated countries. Examples of our work with the Policy Support Facility include the implementation of the Peer Review in Moldova (ZSI expert: Manfred Spiesberger) and Ukraine (ZSI expert: Klaus Schuch).

The goal of the PSF is to make the most of the mutual learning and exchanges of best practice, which take place within the frame of the European Research Area Committee via supporting member states (on a voluntary basis) in implementing reforms of their national R&I policies. It also aims at supporting European R&I policy in tackling the innovation divide.

More information on the PSF is available via the EC website, and the Research and Innovation Observatory page on the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility.

A short video explaining the Policy Support Facility is available from



Section: Research Policy & Development


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Tags: innovation systems analysis, research and innovation policy, research policy

Type: Policy Advice

Program: Tender for the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 11/2015 - 12/2020

Project Duration: 62 months