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SCoRE Cymru

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Supporting Collaborative Research and innovation in Europe
2015 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
7.3. Support to participation in international R&I programmes
Presentation of the measure:

SCoRE Cymru provides provides funding support to stimulate Wales-based organisations to participate in European collaborative research such as Horizon 2020. It can provide up to €1355 for the travel costs and up to €13,550 for the bid writing costs of applications for European research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020.

Potential projects supported include a novel system for the early detection of cancer, the 3D engineering of human ears from cartilage, a new therapy for hypothyroidism and a system for the rapid diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

SCoRE Cymru continues to target Welsh businesses through the support of the EU-wide Horizon 2020 fund. Of the £400,000 invested so far, £284,000 (71%) has been awarded to businesses.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

The Horizon 2020 Unit are awaiting the first evidence on performance of Wales in securing Horizon 2020 funding. They also intend to work with stakeholders in Wales to build up information on bids submitted (pipeline) and where possible unsuccessful bids in order to target future support.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:
  1. Be realistic, it is difficult for companies to access competitive funding sources such as Horizon 2020 without any pre-existing R&D activity.
  2. Work closely with existing stakeholders in the higher education sector, as well as national and regional organisations to raise awareness about the opportunities associated with Horizon 2020.
  3. Maximise synergies between Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds in areas such as support for complementary activities,  building capacity and addressing barriers.
Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible