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Call for paper - 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

The 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development co-organised by the S3 Platform and the Regional Studies...

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTION

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTION to forthcoming S2E events

Climate-KIC - Call for the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

Climate-KIC announced the launch of its 2016 expansion call for the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

Latest S2E activity

Latest publications/ updates on-line

UPCOMING S2E National Events

S2E organizes National Events in all EU13 Member States

Contacts Contacts

Contact the S2E email box

Know the S2E Team members

More Specific contacts are available for the respective registered Member States on S3P, for instance:

- H2020 National Contact Points

- European Entreprise Network branches

 

Stairway to Excellence Stairway to Excellence

What is Stairway to Excellence

The "Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds: the STAIRWAY TO EXCELLENCE (S2E)" project was launched in 2014 within the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P).

The Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project aims to support EU13 member states and their regions in developing and exploiting the synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Horizon 2020 (H2020) and other EU funding programmes and:

  • Assist them in closing the innovation gap, in order to promote excellence in all regions and EU countries;
  • Stimulate the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Activities of S2E

Background for the Project

National Events

National Events are being organized in EU13 Members States to:

  • Ease understanding of national and regional innovation ecosystems
  • Raise awareness to enable synergies between EU funding programmes
  • Share experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence
  • Draw lessons for the future and identify follow-up actions to enhance potential synergies  

Country & Region Information

Quantitative and Qualitative information are produced for EU13 member states and their regions:

  • National and Regional Fact & Figures aim to draw the European profile of a country/ region with statistical and financial information coming from the EU's 7th Framework Programme and Structural Funds dedicated to research and innovation. 
  • S2E Country Reports provide further analysis on selected policy issues that affect optimal use and the combination of key EU funds for R&I and offer country-tailored policy suggestions aiming to tackle the weaknesses identified in the analysis.

                         

     BG         HR           CY           CZ          EE           HU           LV          LT           MT           PL          RO          SK           SI

Synergies examples

Synergies examples are provided in which SF/ ESIF and FP7/ H2020 funds have been combined in order to amplify the R&I investments and their impact, using different forms of innovation and competitiveness support, or carrying innovative ideas further along the innovation cycle or value chain to bring them to the market.

Instruments, Platforms & Concepts

Fiches are being made available on a selection of European instruments/ platforms/ concepts that can be considered as facilitators especially for "downstream activities", to exploit and diffuse results from earlier programming period (FP7) and current one (H2020), and as key elements in monitoring the implementation of synergies in their various forms.

Relevant Initiatives, Projects and Platforms

Beyond the Reference Documents (below) and Related Links (left), there are a number of Relevant Initiatives, Projects and Platforms for Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds.

Related Documents

We gather Related Documents relevant to Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds, including guidance for Policy-Makers, Implementing Bodies and Beneficiaries of EU Funds and instruments issued by the European Commission or other bodies.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions relate to practical application of the Guidance on synergies between ESIF, Horizon2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes.

A list of acronyms is also available.

 

Events Events

1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

The First SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development is co-organised by the S3 Platform and the Regional Studies Association

S2E National Event: BULGARIA

The BULGARIA National Event is co-organised by the S3 Platform - S2E project and the Bulgarian authorities.

S2E National Event: ROMANIA

The ROMANIA National Event is co-organised by the S3 Platform - S2E project and the Romanian authorities.

S2E National Event: HUNGARY

The HUNGARY National Event was co-organised by the EUROPEAN COMMISSION (DG JRC- S3 Platform & DG REGIO- G1) and the Hungarian National Research,...

Implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) in Poland

This workshop aims at supporting trans-regional collaboration on a number of selected fields that can benefit from additional exposure to the relevant...
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Publications Publications

Region & Country Information

S2E team
Quantitative and Qualitative information are produced for EU13 regions and countries

Synergies between EU R&I Funding Programmes. Proceedings from the Launching Event of the Stairway to Excellence Project

12/2014 Susana Elena Perez, Andrea Conte, Nicholas Harrap
This S3 Policy Brief 12/2014 was published as an outcome of the S2E launching conference

Universities and RIS3: the case of Catalonia and the RIS3CAT Communities

18/2016 Elisabetta Marinelli, Susana Elena-Perez, Josep Alias
This report contributes to the debate on the role of Higher Education Institutions in RIS3 by exploring the case of Catalonia. It first assesses the role...

External dimesions of smart specialisations: Opportunities and challenges for trans-regional and transnational cooperation in EU13

09/2015 Slavo Radosevic and Katerina Ciampi Stancova
This S3 Working Papers No 09/2015 contributes to better understand trans-regional cooperation in EU-13

Related Documents Related Documents

Related/ relevant references

References related/ relevant to Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds are gathered here

Other guides related to aspects of the S3

European Commission
Other S3 guides beyond the S2E list of reference documents

EU Funds working together for jobs and growth: Synergies between the R&I Framework Programmes and the European Structural & Investment Funds

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
This publication describes the rationale for developing links between the different funding sources and explains how they can be combined. It showcases...

European Structural and Investment Funds and European Fund for Strategic Investments complementarities: Ensuring coordination, synergies and complementarity

DG REGIO
The Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), explains how to best combine the funds

EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS): Implementation Guidance Note

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Guidance for implementing rules for the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) based on the objectives, main principles and characteristics of...

Guidance for Beneficiaries of European Structural and Investment Funds and related EU instruments

DG REGIO
Guidance for Beneficiaries of European Structural and Investment Funds and related EU instruments

Synergies between the Transport component of Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

DG RTD
Analysis to improve exploitation of transport research and innovation funding opportunities
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