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Challenges in Implementing FP7 Projects in the Public Institutions

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Author(s): Viorel VULTURESCU | Nicoleta DUMITRACHE | Daniela VASILE | Constanţa-Nicoleta BODEA

Journal: Economia : Seria Management
ISSN 1454-0320

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 129;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: projects | scientific research | project management | 7th Framework programme | European Union

ABSTRACT
National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS) and Executive Unit for Higher Education, Research and Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) participate to several projects funded under the Framework Programmes, since 1998. The staff from each the two organisations participating in projects are merely the same, typically from “international cooperation” departments. In each of the two organisations, dedicated teams were set and a distinct specialization emerged. In this respect, dedicated procedures and good practices in project management were developed. Even the Framework Programs had different structures and the focused was different (e.g. knowledge creation, EU problem solving, scientific support for policies and programs, etc.), the funding instruments (projects) were not radically different from a Framework Program to another, so the staff could gain experience in managing this type of projects. Experience and expertise gained during this long period of time led to definition of a general framework within the two institutions and setting up of a general guideline for participation to this type of projects. The main dimensions of this framework are: project team organization, project management process, managing results and risk, organisational framework, good practices, factors which ensure success in project implementation.The paper presents a specific framework for FP 7 project implementation and how this framework is applied by both organisations, a set of rules and procedures that should be followed by any organisation, in particular governmental ones, participating in FP 7 projects and a set of good practices developed by ANCS and UEFISCDI.

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