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Science at the service of Europe

Research potential

Maximising Europe's research potential

This activity supports the EU's less-advanced and often remote regions to ensure they are better integrated in the European Research Area (ERA).

EU funding in 2012
€ 70.51 million

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Partnering arrangements between research institutions located in the EU's convergence and outermost regions are supported by staff exchanges, hiring of personnel, networking or advice and knowledge transfer. This activity contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for a high-employment economy.

In 2012 this activity focused on co-funding excellent research entities of significant size and with a high potential for innovation.

The quality of the proposals evaluated in the framework of the 2012 call was extremely high with 71.6% of the projects scoring above the award threshold. The proposals were from a wide geographical area and focused on a range of thematic domains. Many of the top-ranked proposals demonstrated strong links to regional innovation systems and stakeholders.

The 2012 Week of Innovative Regions (WIRE 2012) Conference organised in Krakow, Poland on 4-5 June, provided a leading forum dedicated to the exchange of views on how to effectively implement the Innovation Union at regional level for the period 2014-2020.

A pilot 'ERA Chairs' call was launched to help research institutions improve their performance in securing competitive research funding.