Synergies with structural funds

Combining regional investments from European Structural and Investment Funds with research and innovation initiatives from Horizon 2020, to improve funding efficiency and quality of life in Europe's regions

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20 April 2018

Register for WIRE 2018: The Power of Connectivity, Entrepreneurship and Science & Research

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) conferences are among the main European policy fora for innovation and regional development. The 9th edition will take place on 4-6 July 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria and will look into three smart choices for regional ecosystems of innovation: Science & Research, Entrepreneurship and Connectivity. It will showcase concrete examples of well-functioning R&I ecosystem and will inspire new practices to stimulate it. WIRE is financed under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation part of Horizon 2020-work programme and brings together regional, national and European innovation experts and stakeholders, including public organisations, policymakers, research communities and enterprises.

The conference will be organised during the first week of the Austrian EU Council Presidency, and in vicinity to the proposals for the next generation of EU instruments. As such it will contribute to the important task for all potential actors in H2020’s work programme to be connected, spread R&I excellence and connect regions and people.

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21 March 2018

New ways of working together through a structured learning-sharing Policy Support Facility process

How to get the best out of EU programmes and boost research and innovation performances in all EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries? This is a key question for countries that still do not reach their full potential in accessing and making best use of all EU research funding in support of R&I.

A new Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on National Practices in Widening Participation and Strengthening Synergies aims to bring countries together, supports new actors in joining the EU research programmes and finds synergies with EU regional funding. The MLE, launched in October 2017, supported by the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, facilitates exchanges of good practice at national and operational level among the 13 participating countries. Their third country visit to Dublin will take place in late March to discuss ‘Improving Networking’ and exchange of good practices for a better participation in FPs.

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2 March 2017

Celebratory launch of ANTARES Teaming Phase 2 Project today in Serbia

A Centre of Excellence will be developed in Novi Sad, Serbia thanks to €14m from the European Commission and a €14m Loan agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Council of Europe Development Bank for the ANTARES Teaming Phase 2 project. The University of Novi Sad and Stichting Wageningen Research (NL) will combine their knowledge on ICT and agriculture to provide innovative solutions for the agricultural sector. This partnership enables transnational exchange of expertise, will strengthen the competitive positions of both institutions and provide answers to challenges that go far beyond borders of any single country. ANTARES helps to bridge the research & innovation gaps in Europe through research and innovation, while at the same time contributing to safe and adequate food for future generations.

27 February 2017

Innovative Energy Solutions for European Regions and Cities – seminar organised under the Knowledge Exchange Platform

On 24 March the seminar on 'Innovative Energy Solutions for European Regions and Cities' will take place under the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP). The seminar is co-organised by the Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation. High-level speakers will come together to discuss the latest research and innovation developments related to energy. Registration closes 22 March midday.

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Perspectives for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation in the wider context of the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy

The existence of a national or regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is the 'ex-ante conditionality' for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds to support R&I. This report by a group of independent experts examines the contribution of RIS3 to the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy in the wider context of research and innovation policies.



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