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The Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs commissioned RAND Europe to undertake a rapid review of the Greek research and development (R&D) system. This report was commissioned to identify the scope for reform and improvement within the Greek R&D system. This review is based on a SWOT analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to the Greek research system. The analysis was informed by expert interviews, workshops with the Research Centres' leadership, document and literature review, review of external evaluations undertaken in 2005, desk-based research and a bibliometric analysis. Based on our analysis we make two key observations: (1) The Greek R&D system is in need of reform, which should begin in the near future. The SWOT analysis identified a number of shortcomings in the current system that need to be addressed. A clear message coming from our workshops is that 'doing nothing is not an option'. There is a widely held view that the threats to the system are significant and imminent. (2) A tangible and realistic reform agenda can be formulated. Based on the SWOT analysis, we outline a blueprint for a future strategy for the R&D system, including a set of underlying principles and seven 'ideas' to be considered in putting together an agenda for reform.

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