31 Jul 2014

New activity to harness the potential of Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

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The S2E rationale, objectives and roadmap will be explained at the conference where participants will share experience in R&I systems
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The Commission has launched a new activity within the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in order to support regions and countries that joined the EU since 2004 to develop and exploit the synergies between Horizon 2020 (H2020) and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). 

The project, entitled "Synergies between Cohesion Policy and R&I funds: the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) Project" will be officially launched at a conference in Prague on 2-3 October 2014.

The conference aims to launch the project and explain its rationale, objectives and roadmap, to  raise awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between different EU funding programmes for research and innovation, and to share experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programmes to improve excellence in R&I systems.

For more information on the launch event, please visit the dedicated website.

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