In the frame of Danube-INCO.NET Science and Technology Policy Research Center is engaged in research on barriers to S&R cooperation in the Danube region. Research was conducted using survey methodology with respondents from R&D communities in all out of 14 countries of the region. The study with survey results is available at http://danube-inco.net/object/document/15392

Danube-INCO.NET is an FP7 funded coordination and support action for the official EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in the field of research and innovation (R&I). Whereas the EUSDR addresses a wide variety of priority areas (ranging from PA 1A „Mobility/Waterways” to PA 11 „Security“), Danube-INCO.NET focuses mainly on two of them: PA 7 „Knowledge Society“ and PA 8 „Competitiveness“. The project supports the policy dialogue, creates networks, and analyses and supports R&I activities.

By joining forces from 19 project partners under the coordination of the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Danube-INCO.NET seeks to overcome obstacles hindering the social and economic development of the Danube region. The project duration is 36 months, during which different activities are scheduled. The project will be putting in all effort to ensure that events, publications and policy recommendations related to R&I cooperation in the Danube Region will reach an audience as broad as possible interested and engaged in the future macro-regional development of the Danube Region. It will also build on the project WBC-INCO.NET which covered the enlargement countries of the Western Balkans, also coordinated by ZSI.

The territory covered by the EUSDR includes eight EU Member States (MS) and six non-Member States, being very different in terms of economic strengths and research and innovation systems and profiles:

EU MS and regions upstream of the Danube: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany – in particular Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria

EU MS and regions downstream of the Danube: Bulgaria, Romania

Enlargement countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Neighbourhood countries: Moldova and Ukraine (in particular oblast Odessa, Uschhorod, Ivano-Frankiwsk and Czernowitz)

Danube region is one of the most diverse in Europe and home to over 100 million residents

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