Detailed knowledge of the structural properties of the R&D collaboration networks that have been created by the EU Framework Programmes provides information for appraising the effectiveness of EU research policy and for assessing progress towards the European Research Area in particular. Against this background, the project „Network analysis study on participations in framework programmes“ aims at analysing the collaboration networks which have emerged from the European Framework Programmes. Apart from studying evolution of key structural properties of the framework programmes, it also looks into specific features of four thematic areas, at the role of key organisations and at the positioning of research universities in the framework programmes. Moreover, the structural functions of different instrument types are explored.
While the main report is descriptive in focus, it uses recent theoretical and conceptual insights from research on R&D collaboration network to interpret the data on participation in projects from FP1 to FP6.
- Does the density of collaborative links between organisations increase over time?
- Can optimal network structures be identified depending on the areas of research and instruments’ objectives?
- Can we identify a backbone in the European Research Area?
- Which are the FP projects pivotal for the coherence of R&D networks in Europe?
- Who are the main players in the FPs?
- Where are the key ERA players located within the FP networks?
According to the Technical Specifications of this project, the purpose of this report is to provide the compilation of the data (network and actor metrics) for all FPs as a sound basis for further analysis and interpretation. Therefore, the report is mostly descriptive and contains only to a limited extent interpretations and conclusions.