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4th meeting of the Working Group 'H2020 FOR RIS3' on optimizing the use of H2020 in implementing smart specialisation

General Information

This is the fourth meeting of the Working Group, organised as part of the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project, which is managed by JRC in cooperation with DG REGIO. S2E seeks to maximise the impact of Smart Specialisation Strategies in EU regions and member states, and to realise the full potential of using EU funding programmes managed at regional, national and EU levels.

Rationale and aim of the Working Group (WG H2020-4-RIS3)

The first meeting of the Working Group took place 13th June 2018. The working group aims to meet twice a year. Its core members are selected Managing Authorities of Member States and regions with a relatively high R&I intensity combined with higher ESIF dependence and lower capacities to capture H2020 funding, but there are also representatives from research institutions and independent experts.

The ultimate aim of the Working Group (WG) "H2020 for RIS3" is to optimise the use of Horizon 2020 (and Horizon Europe) in S3 implementation. This is to be achieved by building the necessary capabilities that may currently be lacking and thus hindering the creation of a research and innovation system containing entities that could be successful in competitive programmes such as H2020. Therefore the main focus of the WG will be on capacity building, whether that is in relation to higher level strategic aims such as improving the internationalisation or multi-level governance of a system, or human capacity building at an operational level.

The WG serves not only as a mutual learning group, but also as test bed to pilot new activities in the territories of its members, the results of which are subsequently discussed in the Working Group. It will also act as an evaluation mechanism when the activities are completed.

Agenda and Presentations




9:15 - 9:30

Registration and welcome coffee

9:30 - 9:45

Welcome remarks & presentation of the objectives of the day

  • Karel HAEGEMAN, DG JRC, European Commission
  • Denisa PERRIN, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Peter SCHENK, DG RTD European Commission

9:45 - 10:45

Pilot 4: Transnational networking in RIS3 implementation

- Discussion

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Pilot 2: R&I PPPs for RIS3 implementation – Reporting on the results of Nov. 4th stakeholders event in Porto

  • Pilot 2 context, objectives, and latest development, Gérard CARAT, DG JRC, European Commission
  • Reporting on the Nov. 4 stakeholders’ event in Porto, Anabela SANTOS, DG JRC, European Commission and José CALDEIRA (external expert)
  • “Synergies effect between EU and National Funds – The case study of Portugal” - Anabela SANTOS, DG JRC, European Commission
  • Next steps, Gérard CARAT, DG JRC, European Commission
  • Feedback from Centro and Norte regions

- Discussion

12:30 - 13:00

Monitoring of allocation of EU funding from ERDF and H2020 – Dashboards - Karel HAEGEMAN, DG JRC, European Commission

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

Update on Pilot 1: Supporting mechanisms for capacity building in FP participation

- Discussion

14:30 - 15:00

Update on pilot 3, and latest developments of the S2E project

- Discussion

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 15:45

Update on Pilot 5 on Research Infrastructures

- Discussion

15:45 - 16:00

Closing session

  • European Commission, DG JRC, DG REGIO and DG RTD

Contact information

Registration information

This event is by invitation only. Participants are mainly regional Managing Authorities. People interested to participate can send a mail to