Survey targets: this survey is targeted at those that have either managed or participated in intersectoral mobility schemes (formal, informal).
Definition of intersectoral mobility - refers to all possible bridges between university, industry and other sectors of employment. In its most narrow sense, the term is defined as the physical mobility of researchers from one sector (academia) to another, but it can include virtual mobility and other types of cooperation.

Study background

This feasibility study for the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation is to assess whether there is scope for additional EU-level initiatives to increase intersectoral mobility in Europe. The specific objectives are to:
  • Ascertain the level of intersectoral mobility of researchers in EU-28 Member States, EFTA/ EEA and candidate countries and between the EU and third countries;
  • Identify examples of national and international intersectoral mobility schemes with a view to identifying a small number of best practice case studies;
  • Develop a better understanding of the barriers and drivers of the uptake of support for the intersectoral mobility of researchers, including training, guidance and funding;
  • Assess the effects of physical mobility schemes, distinguishing between outputs, results and impacts;
  • Assess whether there is a need for further EU-level intervention in the area of the intersectoral mobility of researchers and develop recommendations as to what form this may take.
  • All interview feedback will remain strictly private and confidential and shall only be used for the purposes of this study.

Thank you for your time and support! If you have queries about the survey or study please contact: Mark Whittle from CSES ( or Rafał Stawiarz from EPRD ( Survey preview links are available from Lisa Ensor