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Report on Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 issued by the FP7 Transport Research Programme Committee

The report explains and provides recommendations on the need for a pro-active approach linking both policies to maximise their impacts.

The next programming period 2014-2020 will facilitate synergies between Horizon 2020 - the new Research and Innovation programme of the EU - and the Structural funds - now called European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Cohesion Policy has a complementary role to play with regard to what Horizon 2020 will be able to achieve mainly in terms of capacity building and helping to smooth the path from innovation conception to market deployment. Transport remains one of the main priorities of the Cohesion Policy for the next programming period, while also being one of the major societal challenges identified by Horizon 2020.

The Report aims to inform national and regional transport research authorities and stakeholders about the possibility to combine funding offered by the research and cohesion programmes 2014-2020, to precise important notions such as the Smart Specialisation concept - allowing Member States and regions to concentrate investments on their comparative advantages and to boost the creation of cross-European value chains - as well as to recommend measures allowing to maximise the exploitation of synergies for transport research such as strategic coordination of policies and programmes and enhanced communication between actors, while indicating potential transport areas where synergies could bring added value.