The pool of “Regions of Interest” identified

To overcome the misbalance in aviation related research activities in Europe, RADIAN will identify barriers for  international collaboration and subsequently develop and verify solutions and measures to overcome these obstacles on the level of the European regions.
As a first step, regions with low participation in the EU Framework Programmes, however possessing the potential for higher cooperation in joint European projects as well as aviation research intensive regions had to be found. This required an objective approach, relying on high quality data.

The method of how to select the "right" regions was discussed very intensely and elaborately among the consortium members. In several steps the regions got assessed after different criteria. With very high effort aspects like engagement in Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020)economic data and soft factors were taken into account. Every step was enriched by the knowledge and experience of all partners who know the European research arena very well.

The evaluation process research was done on the level of involvement,  activity and potential in AAT research and innovation. All EU Member States, Associated- and Candidate Countries, as well as all Third Countries engaged in FP7 and/or H2020 aviation research were considered. In a multi-stage down-selection process, the pool of regions was gradually decreased while the level of detail applied for the different selection increased. All criteria got selected very carefully to select the regions with the highest potential of finding the way into European joint research.

In RADIAN, we recently identified a pool of “regions of interest”, abbreviated ROI. This acronym fits quite nicely, as for these regions a reasonable return-of-investment on RADIAN activities is being expected. The final result of Work Package 1 is a list of  24 candidate regions with strong focus and interest in aviation - regions which have the potential to achieve added value if they are supported adequately to overcome the  barriers which currently hamper their participation in European aviation research.