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REGIONS OF KNOWLEDGE
Budget: €126 million (2007 - 2013)
Regions are increasingly being recognised as important players in the EU's research and development landscape. Local resources are taking an active part in scientific endeavour and innovation in favour of society.
What's the benefit for citizens:
The actions undertaken in this area will enable European regions to strengthen their capacity for
investing in and carrying out research activities. While this can be beneficial for regions locally,
it is also a way to maximise their potential for a successful involvement in European research
projects. A stronger research capacity can also result in the creation of more jobs in the regions.
What's the benefit for researchers:
Encouraging transnational networks of regions and research-driven clusters will help maximise the region's potential, creating a dynamic environment that can attract or retain the best researchers. These clusters will bring together universities, research centres, enterprises and regional authorities, councils or development agencies.
What's the benefit for industry and SMEs:
Industry as a whole and SMEs in particular are essential partners in successful EU research
projects. Assisting regions in increasing their capacity for investing in research and development
will help improve competitiveness and knowledge absorption capacities.