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NEW GUIDE: Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes - Guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies 

The guide on synergies between different EU R&I related programmes is an important new addition to the relevant guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies and was prepared on the basis of an extensive work of the inter-service working group co-chaired by DG REGIO and DG Research and Innovation, with participation of the DG ENTR, DG CONNECT, DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG AGRI, DG ENER, DG MARE, DG JRC, the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, the Eureka Secretariat, the REA, and by Dr. Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General of the Forum of e-Excellence. The web-version of the guide will in the course of the financial period 2014-2020 be enriched with good practice examples of synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020, COSME, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, digital services CEF and possibly other EU programmes. The guide may be found at the S3 Documents and Guidance section.

What we can do for you What we can do for you

We are the Platform established by the European Commission to provide professional advice to EU countries and regions for the design of their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). Our services include:

  • Providing guidance material and good practice examples
  • Organising information sessions for policy makers and participating in conferences
  • Providing training to policy-makers
  • Facilitating peer-reviews
  • Supporting access to relevant data
  • Participating in high quality research projects to inform strategy formation and policy making

Read more about the S3 Platform

Registered Country and Regions
  • EU Countries registered in S3P: 15
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 153
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 2
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 50
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 20
  • EU Regions with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 142
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 17

What is Smart Specialisation? What is Smart Specialisation?

Smart Specialisation is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for European Structural and Investment Fund interventions in R&I as part of the future Regional and Cohesion Policy's contribution to the Europe 2020 jobs and growth agenda.

More generally, smart specialisation involves a process of developing a vision, identifying competitive advantage, setting strategic priorities and making use of smart policies to maximise the knowledge-based development potential of any region, strong or weak, high-tech or low-tech.

This site offers a unique resource and platform for regional development policy-makers and professionals developing such strategies as well as their partners from business, academia and the civil society.

Read the Smart Specialisation Fact Sheet

Event Highlight Event Highlight

Cohesion Policy and the Synergies with the Research and Innovation Funds: The Stairway to Excellence. Launching conference, 2-3 October 2014, Prague (Czech Republic). 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.  More information can be found here.

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