Synergies Examples 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.

As described in the 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", synergies can be achieved through:

  • Sequential funding from different sources:
    • Upstream sequential combination: ESIF investment that enables Horizon 2020 participation
    • Downstream sequential combination: Horizon 2020 or FP project results are used or further developed with subsequent ESIF investments
  • Parallel funding (Parallel use of funds in separate projects): ESIF and Horizon 2020 funding are running in parallel and are mutually supportive that complement each other;
  • Alternative funding (through ESIF): Reorientation of FP7/Horizon 2020 projects that were positively evaluated, shortlisted, but not funded given the limited budget, towards SF/ESIF.
  • Simultaneous/cumulative funding that brings together Horizon2020 and ESIF funds in the same project aiming at achieving greater impact and efficiency (i.e. ESIF used for costs non-eligible under Horizon 2020. This new combination is possible under the new regulation of Horizon 2020 (Art. 37 Rules for Participation), provided that the grants do not cover the same cost items.

(NB: you can re-order the list by S&T Theme, Type of Synergies or Country)

S&T Theme Type of synergies Country Synergy Example Abstract...
Environment; Energy; NMP; SME support Sequential + Parallel Funding Int'l Climate-KIC "Pioneer Cities" & "Transition Cities" Projects (EIT) The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a European Union body aiming to innovate in terms of reinforcing the Union’s and its Member States' capacities, creating the entrepreneurs...
Biotechnology Parallel Funding MT Development of capacity at the University of Malta This example considers the case of synergies achieved by the University of Malta through participation in two projects, one funded through ERDF funds and the other funded through the FP7...
Biotechnology Sequential + Parallel Funding FR Innovative therapeutics in Alsace Region through the case of the biotech SME Rhenovia-Pharma Alsace has been characterised by an important manufacturing sector that consists mainly of small and medium-sized enterprises, with a high proportion of jobs in production. Despite a low...
Biotechnology;
Health
Sequential Funding HR Ruder Boškovic Institute (RBI) The case study outlines upstream sequential type of synergies developed at the Ruder Boškovic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia in the research area of biomedicine. The IPA project „Creation of...
Biotechnology;
Health;
NMP
Sequential Funding CZ Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) CEITEC is a research centre in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies having the aim to catalyse the existing research resources in South Moravia and establish itself....
Biotechnology;
Health;
NMP
Sequential Funding RO Centre of Advanced Research in Bionanoconjugates and Biopolymers – IntelCentre of "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Romanian Academy This case study aims at showing how infrastructure investment contributes to and is a catalyst for creating a research centre of excellence. The Centre of Advanced Research in...
Biotechnology;
ICT
Sequential + Parallel Funding PL Molecular scissors for double stranded RNA - International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology The resourceful combination of funding from national sources with Structural Funds (SF) and Framework Programme 7 (FP7) allowed the research team of Prof. Janusz Bujnicki to make breakthrough...
Energy Sequential + Parallel Funding UK Collaboration between EMEC (European Maritime Energy Center) and CENSIS (Innovation Centre for Sensor & Imaging Systems), Scotland Since May 2015 EMEC and CENSIS are collaborating to support innovation and development of new sensor technologies. They jointly help innovative sensor technologies to develop through...
Energy Sequential Funding CY The Cyprus Institute: Concentrated Solar Power This case study identifies an upstream sequential combination of ESIF investment that allowed a subsequent FP7 participation in the field of Concentrated Solar Power in Cyprus. The implementing...
Energy; Environment Sequential Funding HU Integrated energy system of the city Mórahalom The Local Government of Mórahalom Region launched in 2007 a feasibility study for the exploitation of geothermal energy produced from a geothermal public utility system. The feasibility...
Food, Agriculture & Fisheries Sequential Funding EE Innovative tools against potato blight, Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute This case study of five projects financed by National funding, Structural Funds (SF), and Framework Programme (FP) gives an example of how results of applied research are turned...
Environment Sequential Funding CZ CzechGlobe – Global Change Research Centre CzechGlobe – Global Change Research Centre is one of two public research institutes of Global Change Research Centre at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.. The CzechGlobe Centre...
Health Sequential Funding LT JSC "Vittamed" JSC "Vittamed" coordinated an FP7 project "Brainsafe". A new, non-invasive absolute intracranial pressure (aICP) measurement device was developed during this project. Another FP7 project – ... 
Health;
Materials
Sequential Funding LT Strengthened R&D infrastructure (KTU's K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute) K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute of Kaunas University of Technology benefited from the ESIF project "Creation of national open access R&D centre in Kaunas University of...
Health; Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies Sequential + Parallel Funding LV Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (IOS) is one of the leading research institutions in Latvia and the biggest beneficiary in Latvia from FP and H2020 programmes. IOS received the best … 
Health; NMP;
Biotechnology
Sequential Funding UK Centre for NanoHealth, University of Swansea, Wales The main kind of synergy under consideration in this case is related to the use of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the Structural Funds 2007-2013, to develop facilities that...
ICT Sequential Funding RO Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University "Politehnica" of Bucharest The Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers ([RO] Facultatea de Automatica si Calculatoare – A&C) is part of the largest technical university of Romania, University "Politehnica" of...
ICT Parallel Funding BG Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) The Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences participates successfully in national, Structural Funds (SF) and EU level research...
ICT Parallel Funding MT Combining video images The case study considers the case of synergies achieved by a local SME, Ateknea Solutions Malta Ltd, through participation in two projects, one funded through a local ERDF R&D Grant...
ICT Parallel Funding SK The ZTS VVU Košice – Research in robotics The ZTS VVU is the last surviving research part of the former Slovak ZTS Martin armament monopoly. The company has passed a difficult period of economic transformation in 1990s and...
ICT Sequential + Parallel Funding CZ IT4Innovations The aim of IT4Innovation Centre is to act as research provider in the fields of high performance computing and embedded systems. The research centre provides a state-of-the-art technology...
NMP Sequential Funding FR Microtechnology sector in the Franche-Comté region, France This case study covers three ERDF grants and two FP7 projects within the Microtechnology Cluster ("Pôle des Microtechniques"), hosted within the TEMIS (TEchnopole MIcrotechnique...
NMP Sequential Funding LT Promotion of high level international research KTU's Institute of Materials Science benefited from the ERDF project "Fundamental investigation of surface relief and molecular forces influence on the self-organization of nanoparticles....
NMP Sequential + Parallel Funding PL Research in novel materials with unusual electromagnetic properties
(ITME)
The combination of Framework Programme (FP), Structural Funds (SF) and national funding helped explore novel materials with unusual electromagnetic properties and wide-ranging...
NMP Sequential + Parallel Funding SI Nanotechnology Centre The main projects covered in the case study are the Centre of Excellence (CE) in nanotechnologies, financed through Structural Funds (SF) in the period 2008-2013, FP7 project...
Acronyms:
NMP= Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
Full list of acronyms