As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The Smart Specialisation Platform  of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy are jointly organising an event to launch the Stairway to Excellence Project (S2E) .
The Stairway to Excellence project is centred on:
The conference marks the launch of the project, and will explain its rationale, objectives and roadmap, as well as allowing participants to share experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems.
Targeted participants include national and regional managing authorities and national contact points of the Member States, and regions successful in past Framework Programmes, as well as national and regional authorities in charge of Smart Specialisation strategies.
For more information on calls for expression of interest, and to register for the conference, please visit the dedicated event website .