This questionnaire is targeted at start-ups, SMEs and large firms that have either participated in intersectoral mobility schemes or may have demand for PhD and post-doctoral level researchers in future. We also welcome responses from privately-funded research foundations. We are also keen to hear about future demand for skills across different sectors.
Study background
This feasibility study is the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation has commissioned to assess whether there is scope for additional EU-level initiatives in order to increase the level of intersectoral mobility in Europe. The study is being led by EPRD, who are part of the consortium led by PPMI with consortium members CSES and Innova+. The specific objectives are to:
  • Ascertain the level of intersectoral mobility of researchers in EU-28 Member States, EFTA/ EEA and candidate countries and between the EU and third countries;
  • Identify examples of national and international mobility schemes to identify best practice case studies;
  • 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;
  • Assess the effects of physical mobility schemes, distinguishing between outputs, results and impacts;
  • Assess whether there is a need for further EU-level intervention in the area of the intersectoral mobility of researchers and develop recommendations as to what form this may take.
All interview feedback will remain strictly private and confidential and shall only be used for the purposes of this study.

We are interested in survey responses from those that have either managed or participated in such schemes, including any informal arrangements industry has with universities.

Thank you for your time and support! If you have queries about the survey or study please contact: Mark Whittle from CSES ( or Rafał Stawiarz from EPRD ( Survey preview links are available from Lisa Ensor ( 
Definition of intersectoral mobility

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. Note: “ISM” is used as an abbreviation of intersectoral mobility.
Individual researchers that have undertaken a mobility period within public funded research should complete a separate survey - click here.