Sofia Development Association starts working on a new H2020 project – CICERONE. The project brings together programme owners, research organizations and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient circular economy programming. The partnership reflects diversity of regional situations. It unites 24 partners from 13 EU member states, Switzerland and Taiwan, lead by EIT Climate – KIC.
An initial benchmarking exercise will be carried out for a deeper understanding of the state of the art, mapping stakeholders, existing RDI priorities as well as funding and legal mechanisms. A prioritisation methodology will be developed to support an analysis of the current performance: synergies, gaps and duplications will be characterised, and pathways for improvements will be formulated. Identified best practices will drive the definition of policy recommendations. A Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be built and a policy toolkit will be developed to promote the priorities and foster adoption by policy-makers. The project will also set the grounds for a future platform, defining its strategic role in the existing landscape, its governance and possible legal frameworks, as well as creating a financially sustainable model.