Survey of Research & Innovation Agencies, Higher Education Institutions, Research and Technology Organisations and Research Institutes. 

Study background: 

This feasibility study for the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation is to assess whether there is scope for additional EU-level initiatives to increase intersectoral mobility in Europe.

Study objectives:

1) Identify examples of mobility from academia to industry and vice versa, but also from academia to government and vice versa (physical, virtual through joint projects etc.);

2) Develop a better understanding of the barriers and drivers of the uptake of support for the intersectoral mobility of researchers, including training, guidance and funding;

3) Ascertain the level of intersectoral mobility (ISM) of researchers in EU-28 Member States, EFTA/ EEA and candidate countries and between the EU and third countries;

4) Assess whether there is a need for further EU-level intervention in the area of the intersectoral mobility of researchers and to inform recommendations as to what form this may take (e.g. additional EU funding support and/ or support for national schemes, stronger coordination role, promoting the dissemination of guidance, additional support structures, spreading good practices, etc.).

There is a strong feasibility study element to the study and we need to know your views in order to develop recommendations.

Target audience: 
This survey is targeted at Research & Innovation Agencies, Higher Education Institutions, Research and Technology Organisations and Research Institutes. The study team is interested in hearing views irrespective of whether respondents manage or participate in mobility programmes or schemes or have had researchers undertaking secondments in industry, government or the third sector through informal / ad hoc mobility arrangements. 

Types of mobility within scope:
the mobility could involve spending a period of time moving from academia to industry, but also from academia to government or the third sector. Mobility in the opposite direction i.e. from industry government and the third sector to academia is also of interest.
Definition of intersectoral mobility: refers to all possible bridges between university, industry and other sectors of employment. In its most narrow sense, the term is defined as the physical mobility of researchers from one sector (academia) to another, but it can include virtual mobility and other types of cooperation.

All interview feedback will remain strictly private and confidential and shall only be used for the purposes of this study.
Thank you for your time and support! The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

The deadline for the survey has been extended to Thursday 26th  October.

If you have queries about the survey or study