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DESIGN

Objectives

a) Review and analyse available project's knowledge on CCIVA research. Expand and update the information basis about CIRCLE-2 member's CCIVA national and regional research agendas, programmes and projects.

b) Design and set up a CIRCLE-2 common strategic research agenda on CCIVA research. Set priorities for future CIRCLE-2 funding activities by analysing the status, timings and needs of the participating organisations and countries.

c) Foster and facilitate European CCIVA research coordination efforts and joint programming activities. Deepen and reinforce collaboration across member countries and explore opportunities for a follow-up of CIRCLE-2 in the form of a transnational CCIVA research programme.

Description of work

Work package Leaders: EAA and CMCC

Duration: 47 months

Starting date: June 2010

CIRCLE-2 supports state-of-the-art research and research programming practices across Europe. By coordinating and facilitating collaboration between national and regional research programmes, DESIGN makes use of developed synergies to optimise the research spending and maximize its outcomes.

In this Work package, CIRCLE-2 Partners and Contributing Partners are able to develop their views on how to set up long lasting cooperation mechanisms and on how to shape a future European Research Area with the potential to successfully pave the way to a European research programme on climate adaptation.

DESIGN supports the integration of new Partners and Contributing Partners into the network by providing them with the information basis necessary to act at the same level of more experienced partners.

Tasks 

Work package DESIGN is divided in 3 Tasks:

Task 2.1: CCIVA research coordination: experiences, lessons learnt and future collaboration

Task Leaders: CMCC and MRD

Task Members: FFCUL; EAA; FCT; MEDDE; MINECO; MKF; TÜBITAK; ETAg; IME and EVFH

Task 2.1 will compile a catalogue of basic information about CIRCLE-2 member's national and regional CCIVA research programmes and projects. This catalogue will take the form of a series of information factsheets.

This Task will also provide both experienced and new participants with an opportunity to review some of the already developed CIRCLE coordination tools (e.g. project evaluation system, joint call management framework, analysis of cooperation barriers) in support to future joint calls for research proposals.

As part of this task CIRCLE-2 will publish a peer-review paper on how the ERA and in particular ERA-Nets can help foster policy-relevant Adaptation research in EU countries and how the identified barriers for transnational collaboration on CCIVA research funding can be overcome.

Task 2.2: Designing the ERA common CCIVA strategic research agenda

Task Leaders: EAA and CMCC

Task Members: FFCUL; MEDDE; MINECO; SMHI; EPA-I; MKF; MRD; TÜBITAK; ETAg; IME; EVFH and DEFRA

Designing, programming and funding joint CCIVA research initiatives needs a strategic background that can ensure the scientific and policy relevance of its knowledge outcomes. Task 2.2 will respond to this need by developing the CIRCLE-2 common strategic research agenda and keeping it updated throughout the projects' lifetime.

Strategic CCIVA research topics and questions identified by CIRCLE-2 Partners and Contributing Partners will be compiled and continuously updated according to identified needs and gaps (e.g. via surveys on national agendas and personal feedback through networking events). Partners and Contributing Partners will support this research agenda by identifying not only their countries' needs but also by alerting to the appropriate timings for strategic research funding.

Links to the planned EC Clearing House on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and other EU level information platforms are expected. This Task will also interact with other research agendas at the transnational (e.g. other environment related ERA-Nets) as well as the national and regional levels (e.g. Climate Service Centres).

Task 2.3: Fostering European CCIVA collaborative research coordination and joint programming

Task Leaders: FCT and AKA

Task Members: FFCUL; EAA; CMCC; MEDDE; MINECO; MKF; TÜBITAK; ETAg and IME

While Task 2.1 focuses on expanding current knowledge and Task 2.2 on contents, Task 2.3 will focus on processes. Future coordination options for CCIVA research in Europe have to be assessed under evolving political frameworks. An example is the EC framework processes for joint programming implementation that will be under discussion within the lifetime of CIRCLE-2.

In support to a potential implementation of joint programming in EU countries and CIRCLE-2 participant countries proven coordination mechanisms can be applied (e.g. joint proposal peer-review, joint foresight, shared information resources) and new ones tested (e.g. common monitoring and financial rules).

To further deepen cooperation across the consortium the exchange of methodological and benchmarking options for research management and the use of staff exchange mechanisms will be fostered throughout the project's lifetime. Analysis of options on how to proceed with the network and its activities after 2014 will be part of this task and the self-sustainability of CIRCLE-2 as well as opportunities for a follow-up network will be assessed.