TRAMES, 2003, 7(57/52), 1, 6–20




Jüri Engelbrecht


Estonian Academy of Sciences


Abstract. Two years ago (in 2000), the EU launched the research strategy document “Towards a European research area” where the main aims for research and development in Europe as a whole were indicated. Nevertheless, the research policies differ, especially in larger and smaller countries. In this paper, the various aspects of research policies are examined based on the recent ALLEA studies “National Strategies of Research in Smaller European Countries”. These studies involved both the member and candidate countries. The experience of different countries is analysed and the best practice indicated. The research policy in Estonia is described in greater detail. Finally the ideas leading towards general European research policy - from parts to whole - are discussed.


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