Building on previous ERA-NET relevant results and adding new findings from the review carried out in the framework of the project, Work Package 1 will develop a common strategy for strengthened cooperation in research between EC, MS, the research community, and the stakeholders. To pursue this objective, the identification of relevant actors and of future needs for common research is crucial for the success of the intended strategy. In addition, the relevant research projects and programs at EU and national level will be identified, analyzed and their findings made available in a format that will be easily accessible and usable by policy makers and the wider stakeholders’ community. The overall objective can be broken down into 6 goals:
- Devise a scenario analysis in order to arrive at elements that will make up a strategy for future cooperation in research.
- Analyse the present cooperation in research by identifying and connecting the relevant players at the appropriate level (EU, MS, sectors) through a participatory process (phase one). Stakeholders from the policy, research, and industry community are key groups in devising a strategy for cooperation in research and innovation and will be involved in the further steps of this project.
- Collect, analyse and make available the existing knowledge (collection of existing R&D projects and national programs, and knowledge generated) disseminating the information on relevant projects either at EU or MS level carried out in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and sea food processing. This information will be collected through a survey among the relevant parties and will be based on prior experiences of ERA-NET projects (such as MARIFISH) and the FEUFAR project (a foresight exercise in the future European research agenda for fisheries and aquaculture).
- Analyse the available information on research and research program gaps and overlaps and make it available. This gap analysis will be fed back into the scenario building exercise.
- Validate knowledge and priorities with relevant stakeholders and actors (participatory process – phase two), evidence overlaps and gaps, stimulate synergies between national- and EU-funded projects and development programs, maintain and update a repository of information about fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing from past and on-going projects.
- Build, develop and address a new strategy for cooperation, taking into account differences in national research governance and objectives and enhancing the contacts between funding organisations participating.