Synergies with structural funds

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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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20 February 2017

Successful Workshop on Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials for Regional Growth

Over 80 people gathered in Brussels on 9 February 2017 to discuss the state of play and future developments of pilot lines to scale up nanotechnologies and advanced materials for regional growth. The workshop gave the participants the opportunity to be actively engaged in the process of collecting ideas for future activities and priorities for the 2018-2020 programming period. Shared good practices offered interesting perspectives to take into account for future widening initiatives across Europe.

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16 February 2017

Celebrating the first ever Horizon 2020 Teaming Phase 2 projects to develop Centre of Excellence

In the presence of Director General of Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, researchers of the first ever Teaming Phase 2 Projects are celebrated for their efforts to bridge the research and innovation divide in Europe. This ceremony follows the previous announcement of the winners in November 2016. Together with advanced partners across the European Union, universities and research institutions from Bulgaria, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Portugal will each develop a state-of-the-art 'Centre of Excellence' in their respective countries.

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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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