Research and Innovation

Sustainable growth is increasingly related to the capacity of regional economies to innovate and transform, adapting to an ever changing and more competitive environment. This means that a much greater effort needs to be put into creating the eco-systems that encourage innovation, research and development (R&D) and entrepreneurship. Innovation is thus key to a range of Commission priorities, in particular the European Green Deal, an economy that works for people, and making Europe fit for the digital age.

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The promotion of innovation is a central feature in the Cohesion Policy programmes for 2014-2020, where about €65 billion go towards innovation and research. Some 30% of the total Cohesion Policy allocations are invested in innovation in the wider sense. Smart specialisation strategies mobilises the innovation potential of all EU regions.


Thematic Objective 1: Research and innovation by Country for 2014-2020

Breakdown Of The Available Funds By Thematic Objective By MS For 2014-2020