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The role of Universities and Research Organisations as drivers for Smart Specialisation ( 1.1 MB )

This report analyses the role of universities and research centres in the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies and examines their strengths and weaknesses with a view to their contribution to a diversified local innovation and growth process. While there are still challenges to be overcome, a number of success stories already demonstrate that universities and research centres can develop their capacity to successfully promote the approach of smart specialisation. The report proposes a number of recommendations for policy makers at EU, national and regional level for facilitating the involvement of universities and research centres in the development and implementation of smart specialisation strategies.
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The role of clusters in Smart Specialisation Strategies

This report investigates the potential contribution of clusters and cluster policies in the design and implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies. Both cluster policies and Smart Specialisation Strategies are policy approaches with a place-based dimension, aiming at exploiting advantages of proximity to promote economic growth and competitiveness.
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Cohesion Policy in Support of Growth and Jobs: Community Strategic Guidelines, 2007-2013

The recent enlargement to 25 Member States, with Bulgaria and Romania also set to join the Union in 2007, has dramatically increased disparity levels across the EU. The recently published Third Interim Report on Cohesion confirmed that the enlargement of the Union to 25 Member States, later to 27 or more, presents an unprecedented challenge for the competitiveness and internal cohesion of the Union. At the same time, the report noted that some of the poorest parts of the new Member States have some of the highest growth rates in the Union (see map in annex).
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The Community Strategic Guidelines on Cohesion 2007-2013

The Community Strategic Guidelines contain the principles and priorities of cohesion policy and suggest ways the European regions can take full advantage of the € 308 billion that has been made available for national and regional aid programmes over the next seven years. National authorities will use the guidelines as the basis for drafting their national strategic priorities and planning for 2007-2013, the so called National Strategic Reference Frameworks (NSRFs). According to the guidelines and in line with the renewed Lisbon strategy, programmes co-financed through the cohesion policy should seek to target resources on the following three priorities:
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FoodCluster report ( 501 kB )

The overall objective of the FCI was to find a way of bringing all players together so that successful and less experienced operators were integrated into a viable and successful European Food Cluster by building on the FP6 project FINE as a prototype. A key aspect was to develop ways of involving the present and current project partners and potential successful projects under future Calls and prepare for new coordination actions to be funded under FP7. The Food Cluster Initiative has proved to be beneficial as its critical mass allowed it to attain outcomes that would not have been reached at individual project level as described in this document. It allowed notable unlocking of the research potential in the uropean Food Research Area by bringing together regional research actors that would not have met otherwise.
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New Practical Guide to EU funding opportunities for Research and Innovation ( 1.2 MB )

Research and innovation are at the heart of the EUROPE 2020 strategy. This new edition includes a full up-to-date picture of the three main sources of funding (7th Research Framework Programme, Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and Structural Funds) completed with information on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and on the European Fisheries Fund, and Lifelong learning programme and LIFE + in the field of the environment. It also describes the research and innovation funding opportunities offered to countries and territories beyond the European Union, in the framework of Pre-accession Assistance and within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. This updated Practical Guide allows potential beneficiaries to quickly identify exactly how they can access European funding at any stage of a project.
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Commission proposal for FP7 ( 500 kB )

The EU remains ever forward-looking as it strives to bring its citizens' well-being into the forefront of its agendas. The Seventh Framework Programme, one of the latest research development projects was designed to maximize European potential region by region. Learn more about the FP7's mission by starting from its roots with the 2005 Commission proposal to the Parliament and Council.
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Commission proposals for the 7th Research Framework Programme

The EU remains ever forward-looking as it strives to bring its citizens' well-being into the forefront of its agendas. The Seventh Framework Programme, one of the latest research development projects was designed to maximize European potential region by region. Learn more about the FP7's mission by starting from its roots with the 2005 Commission proposal to the Parliament and Council.
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Factsheet: FP7, tomorrow's answers start today ( 1.6 MB )

FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. This is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and it will run from 2007 to 2013. The EC budget for the next seven years is € 50.5 billion and the Euratom budget for the next five years is € 2.7 billion1. Overall, this represents a 41% increase from FP6 at 2004 prices and 63% at current prices. FP7 is also designed to respond to Europe’s employment needs and competitiveness. FP7 supports research in selected priority areas - the aim being to make, or keep, the EU as a world leader in those sectors.
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European Research in Action - FP7

European research in action Focus on the results of European research into issues of wide public interest. Available in 23 languages.
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European Research in Action - the European Research Area

European research in action Focus on the results of European research into issues of wide public interest. Available in 11 languages.
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Synergies Expert Group Report  ( 287 kB )

The issue of synergies between the Framework Programme (FP), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and the Structural Funds (SF) has been on the agenda at European level for several years and is examined in the report of the Synergies Expert Group. The expert group included also the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and parts of the Life-Long Learning Programme (LL) in its deliberations and analyses
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Assessment of the Impact of the ‘Regions of Knowledge’ programme  ( 2.1 MB )

This report presents the outcomes of the impact assessment of the Regions of Knowledge (RoK) programme over the period 2007-2009, carried out between June 2010 and March 2011. The analysis was performed using a methodology based on the triangulation of information stemming from different activities: desk study, statistical data analysis, survey of participants, interviews of project coordinators and EU officials, social network analysis, projects’ case studies and an analysis of comparator programmes.
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Regional Research Intensive Clusters and science Parks ( 998 kB )

Prepared by an independent expert group, this report presents clusters that predominantly rely on research and development as a source of their innovativeness and competitiveness It focused on the actors of the so-called triple helix model, i.e. the public sector, the business community and the higher education institutions and their roles in multi-level policy governance and decision-making policy. Case studies are presented and recommendations drafted-up.
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Assessment of the impact of the Regions of Knowledge programme  ( 360 kB )

This report presents the outcomes of the impact assessment of the Regions of Knowledge (RoK) programme over the period 2007-2009, carried out between June 2010 and March 2011. The analysis was performed using a methodology based on the triangulation of information stemming from different activities: desk study, statistical data analysis, survey of participants, interviews of project coordinators and EU officials, social network analysis, projects’ case studies and an analysis of comparator programmes.
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Expert Advisory Group on Regions of Knowledge - 2012-2013  ( 131 kB )

This report presents the outcomes of the impact assessment of the Regions of Knowledge (RoK) programme over the period 2007- 2009, carried out between June 2010 and March 2011. The analysis was performed using a methodology based on the triangulation of information stemming from different activities: desk study, statistical data analysis, survey of participants, interviews of project coordinators and EU officials, social network analysis, projects’ case studies and an analysis of comparator programmes.
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The Danube: a river of innovation (October 2011) ( 1.5 MB )

This publication presents the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) focusing efforts on the specific needs and characteristics of the region, for example through Europe’s research and innovation policies. It can act as a major building block for the implementation of Europe 2020. In the Danube region, which hosts the most international river basin in the world, linking 14 countries and 115 million people, the Strategy provides specific opportunities. These include smarter transport links, cheaper and more secure energy through better connections, and co-operation to minimise environmental risks and disasters. The EUSDR encourages innovative solutions in all these areas. In addition, the strategy contains a specific priority area which addresses the potential of the knowledge society in the region.
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A competitive Europe. Research regionally, develop globally (March 2009) ( 2.2 MB )

Regional stakeholders increasingly realise that research and innovation are key drivers for their sustainable economic and social development and their competitiveness, in line with the Lisbon strategy to promote the knowledge economy. A strong signal of this is evidenced by the fact that they have earmarked approximately 25 % of the budget of their agreed operational programmes in the framework of the current Structural Funds (SF) exercise (2007–13), totalling EUR 86 billion for research and innovation, including entrepreneurship. The SF allocated to research and innovation amount to nearly EUR 50 billion, which equals the budget of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)! The European Commission strongly welcomes this very positive orientation and looks forward toseeing it further strengthened.