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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22 May 2018

Register for the KEP thematic seminar – nature-based solutions for key urban challenges

How can nature-based solutions in cities and in peri-urban areas improve recreation and the wellbeing of citizen, whilst enhancing the quality of the 18% of Natura 2000 areas which are located in urban areas? The seminar, taking place on 29 May in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), aims to look into innovative solutions which help implementing the Nature Directives. It will address pressing urban and regional challenges like flood protection, wellbeing and health, and the protection of our natural capital for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. At the same time, the European Commission (EC) aims to gather information on the regions' research and innovation (R&I) needs and obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in nature-based solutions.

The seminar is part of the events within the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) that is a concept jointly developed by the CoR and EC. It is aimed at presenting new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to societal challenges facing the regions and cities in Europe. In 2018, the KEP will address the themes of Innovating cities with nature and nature-based solutions and cultural heritage.

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18 May 2018

Info day on Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

The European Commission is organising an Info day on the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation calls in Horizon 2020 on 18 June 2018 at the Madou Tower, Brussels. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

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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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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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