COHESION POLICY AND THE SYNERGIES WITH THE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FUNDS: THE STAIRWAY TO EXCELLENCE COHESION POLICY AND THE SYNERGIES WITH THE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FUNDS: THE STAIRWAY TO EXCELLENCE

The Smart Specialisation Platform of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and DG REGIO are jointly organising a launching event of the Stairway to Excellence Project (S2E). 

Rationale

Building excellence in a given area of research and innovation often takes years if not decades of sustained efforts. The development of good national/regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) leads regions from targeted EU countries to identify a limited number of research areas and industrial activities with high innovation potential – to be reinforced and developed using European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and thus becoming more excellent and competitive in Horizon2020 calls.  Supporting synergies between the two funding sources will deliver additional gains in terms of innovation results, close the innovation gap in Europe and promote economic growth.

The "Stairway to Excellence" European Pilot Project is centred on:

  • Providing assistance to countries that joined the European Union since 2004 with the aim of closing the innovation gap, promoting excellence in all regions and EU countries;
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

 

Objectives of the Conference

The principal objectives of this conference are:

  • 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
  • To share experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems
  • Draw lessons for the future

 

Who should attend?

  • National and regional managing authorities both from EU countries and regions very successful in the past Framework Programmes and from the countries targeted by the project
  • National contact points both from countries and regions very successful in the past Framework Programmes and from the countries targeted by the project
  • National and regional authorities in charge of Smart specialisation strategies from the countries targeted by the project
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee

 

Agenda & Presentations Agenda & Presentations

Agenda: Final agenda can be accessed here

Venue & Date: Corinthia Hotek, Prague (Czech Republic) on 02 and 03 October 2014

Presentations of Sessions II: Key elements for Building Successful Synergies: Good practice examples 
Moderator: Andrea Conte, S2E Project Leader, Knowledge for Growth, JRC-IPTS Seville of European Commission


Presentations of Sessions III: New Challenges and Opportunities from EU R&I Funding Instruments: Good practice examples
Moderator: Marek Przeor, Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO, European Commission


Contact persons:

Susana.ELENA-PEREZ@ec.europa.eu

Sylvie.FOUCAULT@ec.europa.eu