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Methodology

In relation to the objectives the logical steps of the project are building upon each other:

1. Fulfil of Objective 1 requires several steps of implementation. It is planned first to develop a methodology for analysis and research on the topic. Next step will be collecting and systematising information on NATO’s and developed countries’ experience. The list of countries contains ones with well established security related R&D management systems as well as smaller countries. This will include their practices and regulations exploration. The task will be to identify best practices that can be applied in the Bulgarian, Romanian and Macedonian model. The third step will be exploration of Defence Industry Transformation processes in Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia. A concept and a model for Management of Security Related R&D will be the last step.

2. The second objective includes four steps which are logically connected with all others objectives of the project. The first step includes a stock taking study of the environment of security related R&D. It is based on case-studies on best NATO practices and Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia. Having in mind the results from the first step a concept for a policy framework will be elaborated.

The third step includes discussion and tailoring the elaborated general policy framework according to their national needs and specifics in R&D management. The last step of the objective is the dissemination of the results in publications, seminars and the implementation of the policy framework.

3. Establishing the NfSC (objective 3) consists of two main areas – the Network and the database.

The Network consists of three elements – web-space, mailing list and the core. The internet site of the project provides web presence, as well as, presentation of the activities and results. The mailing list includes similar non-Project research organizations and end-users and it assures close connection with other interested organizations and researchers. The mailing list will be moderated.The core of NfSC    – the Project Partners’ Intranet and groupware directory – provides the day-to-day work management and co-ordination.

The second area – the database – will focus on the R&DC Model requirements and the users’ requirements. The model requirements will be set-up according to specific information inputs and outputs defined during the research phase. The database users’ requests for specific information (areas/domains of science and industry, documented knowledge, patents, procedures, R&D laboratories, production capabilities and growth potential, persons involved in R&D etc.) will be included in the database structure. In order to keep integrity of the two areas of the NfSC a core team of moderators will be established.

4. The implementation of Objective 3 includes five steps which are conducted either consecutively or in parallel.

Accomplishment of the objective starts at the beginning of 2007 with CoE Institutional Setting Development and CoE WebSite Development. These two tasks run in parallel. After their accomplishment working packages for training and education will be elaborated. The education will start at the end of 2007. Managers from defense organisations and other specialists with interests in the field of R&D management from Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia will take part in it. The last two tasks– Teaching and Learning Activities and Collaboration between Research Organizations will be fulfilled during the education process.