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Turning Turkey into an attractive hi-tech destination

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) is a rapidly emerging technology that is already reshaping the way we live – although many of us are probably not aware of it. This project, funded under FP7 Research Potential Programme, has helped a Turkish research centre to establish itself as a global leader in this field, capable of attracting the brightest and the best.

Getting wise with waste

The massive amount of rubbish generated in Europe is putting current waste-management systems under stress and exposing many of them as outdated and damaging. An EU-funded project set out to develop more efficient and safer ways to dispose of the 3 billion tonnes of waste Europeans create every year.

A fresh face in the high-tech world of remote sensing

Until now, Eastern European countries have struggled to keep up with the latest advances in 'LIDAR' remote-sensing technologies. The EU-funded DELICE project was aimed at helping the Romanian LIDAR Centre, part of the country's National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics, to increase its research and development capacities in this exciting field.

Getting wise with waste

The massive amount of rubbish generated in Europe is putting current waste-management systems under stress and exposing many of them as outdated and damaging. An EU-funded project set out to develop more efficient and safer ways to dispose of the 3 billion tonnes of waste Europeans create every year.

Space-age solutions for intelligent traffic management

Achieving sustainable transport in the urban environment is a policy priority. An EU-funded project aims to adapt space technology for traffic-management systems capable of taking into account public health and the environment.

Striking a balance for better health

Today, few people would argue that good health does not involve both good nutrition and a proper level of physical activity or exercise, but government initiatives promoting public health have tended to focus only on one or the other. Now, the EU-funded Afresh project is helping to bring the two halves of the equation together.

TEMP inspires Tunisian textile innovation

Tunisia's importance as a textile manufacturer has not gone unrecognised in Europe, where it is the fifth largest supplier of textiles and clothing. The TEMP project is working to improve capacities and competences in the Tunisian textile sector and promote co-operation and knowledge exchange between Tunisia and the EU.

Innovative approaches to regenerating health care

Medical breakthroughs must be capable of moving from the lab into the market place if they are to improve health care and create new business opportunities. An EU-funded project is confident it can help smooth this transition in the innovative field of regenerative medicine, by encouraging better communication between stakeholders and prioritising education.

Energising regional innovation through dialogue

Many of Europe's regions have the knowledge and desire to increase energy self-sufficiency through decentralised energy solutions. Developing the technologies capable of realising this goal requires co-operation and coordination, which is why an EU-funded project brought together entrepreneurs and locally based businesses to share ideas and innovations.

BioSupport project helps research centre go global

The Faculty of Biology (FoB) at the University of Plovdiv (UoP) covers a wide range of research activities in the areas of plant systems biology, food testing and biotechnology. It is regarded as one of the leading research organisations in its field in Bulgaria, although domestic success is only part of the bigger picture…

Supporting high-tech solutions for meeting the world's energy needs

The 20th century saw a rapid increase in population and an explosive growth in energy consumption. As the family of industrialised countries continues to grow, even more energy is and will be needed. The EU-funded RECENT project has been helping Poland's Institute of Thermal Technology to increase its research and development capacities in a field of fundamental importance to today's economy and the environment.

Closer regional co-operation to improve mental health care

Care for people with dementia is a major concern in many European countries. While research organisations across Europe's regions have a proven scientific record of excellence in the fields of neurology, genetics, and neurophysiology, closer coordination could bring even more benefits to patients and carers. This is the ultimate goal of the EU-funded Neurorescue project.

Exploring the Adriatic: underwater expertise in Croatia

Croatia, a country with a proud maritime history, is looking to the future. An EU-funded project is expected to help Croatia become a world leader in underwater systems and technologies, which could have a positive knock-on effect for the whole Adriatic region.

Material benefits in promoting cutting-edge composites research

Innovative composite materials, which combine two or more organic or inorganic components, represent some of the most important developments in aviation design. Ongoing research is essential to achieve faster, safer and more fuel-efficient travel, and an EU project aims to ensure that Poland plays a crucial role in European efforts to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Linking sustainable energy to regional prosperity

The conversion of biomass into energy is increasingly seen as a vital component of a sustainable energy policy. Harnessing and encouraging regional know-how will help to ensure that this policy is effectively implemented.

Regional aeronautics expertise offers a bright green future

An innovative new project to facilitate regional expertise in green aeronautics technology was launched in early 2012. For a multi-billion euro global industry facing significant environmental challenges, this project could have a significant impact and open up new commercial opportunities.

Making the connection between food and health

The old adage says that “you are what you eat” – a concept which has become a growing concern for those who wonder what effect food may be having on their bodies. With this in mind, research into the connection between food production, health and well-being has become increasingly important.

Protecting Europe's coastal zones with satellite technology

Accurate determination and monitoring of sea-level changes are crucial to understanding the ocean's influence on weather patterns and long-term climate change. An EU-funded project has helped to ensure that one of Europe's more remote regions can play a pivotal role in this crucial area of scientific research for years to come.

Driving innovation and excellence in communication technology

Radio-frequency micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF MEMS) are still seen as emerging technologies even though some of them are already widely used in the mobile phones, satellite systems and computer-data transmissions which are part of modern life.

Serbia is a rising star in astronomical research

Pushing the boundaries of astronomy is only possible if you have the latest technology at hand. An EU-funded project aims to ensure that the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade is equipped to become one of Europe's most dynamic and competitive centres of discovery.

Helping to unravel the mysteries of the genome

Genetics is an area of scientific research that is opening up a world of new possibilities. For example, genotyping – the process of determining differences in genetic make-up through examining DNA sequences – could lead to new treatments for hereditary diseases. Investment in the Estonian Genome Project at Tartu University should place Estonia at the cutting edge of this research.

Branching out to grow healthy forests

Healthy, sustainable forests are vital to Europe's economic and environmental well-being, and it is regions that must play a leading role in developing new management strategies, a new EU-funded project reveals.

Safeguarding Mediterranean forests to beat climate change

The degradation of forests in the Mediterranean region due to climate change poses a significant threat to resources such as water, soil and biodiversity. By adjusting forest-management expertise to meet regional needs, however, an EU-funded project has shown that the future need not seem so bleak.

Igniting Europe's creative spark for regional growth

Creative industries, which are often concentrated in highly innovative regional clusters, have real potential to become catalysts for sustainable growth. By identifying possible areas of co-operation between the creative and ICT sectors, an EU-funded project has sought to encourage and develop such potential.

Turning Turkey into an attractive hi-tech destination
Getting wise with waste
A fresh face in the high-tech world of remote sensing
Getting wise with waste
Space-age solutions for intelligent traffic management
Striking a balance for better health
TEMP inspires Tunisian textile innovation
Innovative approaches to regenerating health care
Energising regional innovation through dialogue
BioSupport project helps research centre go global
Supporting high-tech solutions for meeting the world's energy needs
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Regional aeronautics expertise offers a bright green future
Making the connection between food and health
Protecting Europe's coastal zones with satellite technology
Driving innovation and excellence in communication technology
Belgrade initiative for space science, instrumentation and modelling in astrophysics
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Branching out to grow healthy forests
Igniting Europe's creative spark for regional growth

Regional dimension of innovation

Encouraging and supporting regional excellence in innovation is a key component of ensuring that European research continues to flourish. The European Union plays an essential role in giving researchers from every corner of the EU the opportunity to develop their competences and to find suitable partners to collaborate with.

As part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013), two FP7 programmes focusing on regional aspects – Research Potential and Regions of Knowledge – have been launched. The Regions of Knowledge programme aims to strengthen the research potential of European regions by encouraging and supporting regional 'research-driven clusters'. Research Potential is supporting research entities established in the EU´s Convergence and Outermost regions by unlocking existing or emerging excellence.