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Budget: €340 million (2007 - 2013)
Europe needs to exploit its research potential, particularly in the less advanced regions that are remotely situated from the European core of research and industrial development. A strategy of inclusiveness can potentially benefit the social fabric as well as the research community and the industry, locally and at the level of the European Research Area.
What's the benefit for citizens:
Taking advantage of the knowledge and experience existing in other regions of Europe, this action seeks to upgrade research potential where needed by providing support in the form of investment, staff, networking or advice. The effort is directed at researchers and institutions of these regions in the public or private sector.
What's the benefit for researchers:
The research community in the convergence and outermost regions will be supported as follows:
What's the benefit for industry and SMEs:
To fully realise the European Research Area in the enlarged Union, all regions must take part
and must be supported if necessary. This strategy directly benefits SMEs and industrial
organisations in the convergence regions.