Researchers' Report 2012

The 2012 Researchers Report prepared by Deloitte Consulting for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation looks at the extent to which those prerequisites are already met, since a full understanding of the researcher profession in its complexity is indispensable for sound decision and policy-making. The report focuses in particular on indicators which relate to Innovation Union Commitments Nos 1, 4 and 301. These cover research training and employment conditions, removal of obstacles to mobility and cross-border cooperation, and ensuring that leading academics, researchers and innovators reside and work in Europe and attracting a sufficient number of highly skilled third country nationals to stay in Europe.

The Report establishes the baseline for annual updates and for monitoring the European Research Area (ERA). It is based on qualitative and quantitative data. It also provides the basis for further analysis on the observed correlation between a lower degree of openness in terms of some of the indicators for the research profession used in this report and low performance on the Innovation Union Scoreboard2, and for identifying clusters of low-performing countries. The qualitative data comes primarily from the answers to a questionnaire sent to the 38 countries covered by the Report, i.e. the EU-27 and the countries with associate status in the Seventh Framework Programme. This was supplemented by desk research. The quantitative data comes from a variety of official sources and earlier studies for DG Research and Innovation. The Report as such is complemented by Issue Sheets, which can be read stand-alone or as an introduction to the chapters in the report, by data Annexes, and by detailed Country Files of around 10-15 pages (for WBC see links below) and by 49 examples of Good Practice.


Document type
  • Report


Publication Year


Deloitte Consulting for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • FP7
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Danaja Lorencic on December 21, 2012
Modified on December 24, 2012