Building a strong Platform to enhance trans-Atlantic research collaboration requires that T-AP members understand each other, their organisational characteristics and structures, and their best practices. It also requires that they have a good understanding of the various bilateral and multilateral collaborations that currently exist between funders across the European Union and the Americas.
To this end, T-AP members are currently working together in preparing two studies – one that compares the features and best practices of T-AP partners, another that provides an overview of research networks and projects relevant to the Platform. These studies will help T-AP members align their approaches to research policy, programme design and funding, and will provide guidance on how the Platform can build upon the accomplishments of other trans-national networks and collaborations.
Comparative Analysis of Features and Best Practices of T-AP Members
This analysis will aid T-AP partners in working towards developing new, flexible frameworks for international research collaboration. It will take the form of a review containing:
- A comparative study of the partner councils and funding agencies involved in the Platform, including (but not limited to) mapping of organisational characteristics, policy priorities and procedures for funding;
- An analysis of the conditions necessary for joint activities; and
- Strategies and recommendations for overcoming barriers to joint activities.
This review will shed light on differing approaches to various activities, such as peer review, support for early-career researchers and policy development. It will also contain information about each partner’s rationale for participating in T-AP, as well as the potential collaborations that partners envision stemming from the Platform.
Overview of Cooperation across the European Union and the Americas
This overview will help T-AP members build a Platform that delivers value to the research communities they support. The overview consists in a mapping exercise that will:
- Collect information on the scope of recent and current collaboration activities and, where possible, provide a brief description of the impact of these collaborations and their future research priorities;
- Determine barriers to collaboration; and
- Identify key research questions and explore the possibility of joint funding initiatives.
It is anticipated that the mapping exercise will reveal geographic and disciplinary gaps in international research collaboration. In addition, it aims to identify possibilities for joint initiatives and new funding models in areas where there are clear opportunities for the research community, which will in turn inform T-AP’s Pilot Project and Thematic Scoping activities.