VERA – Forward Visions on the European Research Area

VERA is funded by the European Union's FP7 programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 290705


The VERA project aims to provide relevant strategic intelligence for the future governance and priority-setting of the research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) system in Europe and for better adapting science, technology and innovation policy to the shifting global environment and upcoming socio-economic challenges. For this purpose VERA carries out an in-depth stocktaking of RTDI related forward looking activities in Europe and internationally and a thorough review of trends and drivers of long-term change of European RTDI governance. On the base of these insights VERA develops scenarios on the evolution of the European Research Area, assesses the critical issues for the ERA’s future capabilities emerging from these scenarios, explores subsequent strategic options and ultimately generates a set of policy recommendations  for responsive and future oriented multi-level, multi-domain RTDI policy strategies.

VERA is conceptualised as a continuously progressing two-way communication process among ERA actor groups from society, industry, academia and policy across domains, levels and regions. It is setting up a strategic conversation between these stakeholders that evolves through several carefully tailored stages in order to jointly discover shared visions and strategic options around the ERA’s future perspectives towards 2020 and far beyond. VERA is exploring gradual evolution following from current patterns of change but is also explicitly embracing transformative and disruptive developments with a long term  perspective..

The VERA project has been proposed by a consortium of ten internationally renowned institutes from nine EU countries involving a team of more than 20 researchers with outstanding expertise both in terms of relevant knowledge and forward looking methodology and excellent contacts with RTDI stakeholders in Europe and the world.

VERA is based on a well-defined work programme with clearly defined steps and measurable outcomes that are targeted to specific user groups and purposes. The backbone of the process is a communication strategy that is coordinating the stakeholder engagement in a systematic manner. Substantial efforts are dedicated to go beyond unspecific propositions and to co-create relevant strategic intelligence together with the key target groups.

Project Acronym: VERA
Project Reference: 290705
Start Date: 2012-02-01
Duration: 30 months
Project Cost: 1.94 million euro
Contract Type: Support actions
End Date: 2014-07-31
Project Status: Execution
Project Funding: 1.46 million euro


Project Cooridnator:

Dr. Stephanie Daimer, Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

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