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Moksliniai tyrimai ir inovacijos

Tvarus augimas yra vis labiau susijęs su regionų ekonomikos gebėjimu kurti inovacijas ir keistis, prisitaikant prie nuolat kintančios ir vis labiau konkurencinės aplinkos. Kaip pabrėžiama strategijoje „Europa 2020“ ir jos pavyzdinėje iniciatyvoje „Inovacijų sąjunga“, tai reiškia, kad reikia dėti daug daugiau pastangų sukurti ekosistemoms, kurios skatintų inovacijas ir mokslinius tyrimus bei technologijų plėtrą (MTTP). Todėl inovacijų skatinimas – pagrindinis 2007–2013 m. sanglaudos politikos programų bruožas. Šiuo laikotarpiu inovacijoms platesne prasme skirta 86,4 milijardo EUR, arba beveik 25 proc. visų lėšų. Šis įsipareigojimas toliau stiprinamas naujuoju 2014 -2020 m. programavimo laikotarpiu: 30 proc. visų lėšų bus paskirstyta inovacijoms platesne prasme. Ateityje pažangiosios specializacijos strategijos padės mobilizuoti visų ES regionų inovacijų potencialą.

Introduction EN

Macro-economic research points out that innovation contributes between two-thirds and four-fifths of economic growth in developed countries. In other words, about 85% of productivity growth in advanced economies is driven by innovation. However, statistics confirm large disparities between EU Member States and regions in the fields of innovation and R&D as well as a persistent gap compared to its main competitors at global level. Europe needs to become more inventive, reacting more quickly to changing market conditions and consumer preferences in order to become an innovation-friendly society and economy.
The key drivers of research and innovation are most effectively addressed at the regional level. Reducing the innovation deficit between European regions is therefore a key task for Cohesion Policy. In that context, it invests, among others, in five key elements: Research and innovation, SME competitiveness, ICT take-up, Energy efficiency and renewable energy and Human capital development. Given the limited resources available, it is important to have a strategic approach in the form of a national and/or regional smart specialisation strategy (RIS3) bringing together the relevant business, research, education and public actors to develop and implement strategies that focus their resources on a limited number of areas with competitive advantages.

Innovation expenditure 2007-2013 EN

Between 2007 and 2013, EU Cohesion Policy instruments provided some €86.4 billion (almost 25% of the total) to R&D and innovation, including the mainstreaming of innovative actions and experimentation. Out of this total:

  • €52.8 billion goes to R&D and innovation in the narrow sense, including
    • €11.2 billion to RTD infrastructure and centres of competence,
    • €10.3 billion for investment in firms directly linked to research,
    • €5.9 for R&D activities in research centres,
    • €5,4 billion for assistance to R&D, particularly in SMEs,
    • €4.9 billion for technology transfer and the improvement of cooperation of networks,
    • €5.4 billion in developing human potential in the field of research and innovation
    • €1.9 billion to assistance to SMEs for the promotion of environmentally-friendly products and production processes;
  • €8.4 billion to entrepreneurship, including
    • €5.3 billion for advanced support services for firms
    • €3.1 billion to support self-employment and business start-ups: more information
  • €12.2 billion to innovative information and communication technologies to foster the demand side of ICT, including
    •  €5.2 billion for services and applications for citizens (e-health, e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, etc.)
    • €1.5 billion for services and applications for SMEs (e-commerce, education and training, networking, etc.), more information
  • €12.7 billion to human capital, including
    • €8.5 billion for the development of life-long learning systems and strategies in firms; training and services for employees to step up their adaptability to change, promoting entrepreneurship and change,
    • €2.6 billion for the development of special services for employment, training and support in connection with restructuring and development of systems anticipating future skills needs
    • €1.6 billion for the design and dissemination of innovative and more productive ways of organising work.

At the end of 2012 almost 80% of the innovation related budget had been allocated to projects: Statistics and Strategic report 2013.

These investments represent more than triple of absolute financial resources dedicated to innovation and R&D compared to the previous period (2000-2006). This amount also largely exceeds the budget of the 7th Framework Programme for Research (€50.5 billion) and of the Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation (€3.6 billion).
The Commission encourages the Member States and regions, as well as enterprises, universities and research centres to optimise synergies of the Cohesion Policy investments with these centrally managed EU programmes, in particular by providing guidance on the EU funding opportunities for research and innovation.

Preparation for the 2014-2020 programming period EN

Innovation and research investments are expected to further increase in the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the next period, investments under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be concentrated on 4 key thematic priorities: innovation and research, the digital agenda, support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and the low-carbon economy.

The ERDF investments in innovation will be used to support the implementation of smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) to have a greater and more sustainable impact on jobs and growth in the different regions. Further guidance on the development of these RIS3 is available at the RIS3 fact sheet and RIS3 guide. To provide (pro)active support to Member States and regions who develop their RIS3 a 'Smart Specialisation Platform' has been set up: More than 140 countries and regions have already registered in this S3Platform (October 2013) to learn among peers on how to develop, implement and monitor their RIS3 and explore possibilities for cooperation. In addition experts are at the disposal of those regions who need specific support (if you would like to register as expert, please contact REGIO-G1-HEAD-OF-UNIT@ec.europa.eu; to register as expert: AMI list.

The Commission encourages to enhance synergies and complementarities of the ESI fund investments with Horizon2020, COSME, and other relevant EU programmes pdf en.

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