02 Oct 2014 - 03 Oct 2014
S3 PlatformS2ES3 Targeted Support
The Smart Specialisation Platform of the European Commission's DG Joint Research Centre and DG REGIO jointly organised a launching event of the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) Project. This event offered a first opportunity to identify the key elements for building successful synergies and gave a useful insight into how synergies could be achieved in practice. A diverse set of experiences from five EU countries (CY, CZ, FR, ES and UK) and an international organization were presented as a source of inspiration for other regional and national managing authorities and the research community.
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" (S2E) European Pilot Project is centred on:
Providing assistance to EU13 regions and countries 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
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
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