Synergies in Practice: Perspectives on Collaboration in the Upcoming Funding Period 2021-2027

  • 29 Sep 2020 to 29 Sep 2020
  • The event took place online.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are organising a workshop entitled "Synergies in Practice: Perspectives on Collaboration in the Upcoming Funding Period 2021-2027" on 29 of September 2020.

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Agenda and Presentations

The workshop was held on 29 September 2020, from 09:00 to 12:30. 

Agenda, presentations and a couple of useful reports are available below.

Policy discussion: synergies now and in the future

Moderated by Karel Haegeman (European Commission, JRC)

9:00 — 9:10

Welcome and Introduction – JRC, EIT, KICs

9:10 – 9.20

Synergies in the Context of ESIF: New opportunities offered in the next MFF – Denisa Perrin (European Commission, DG REGIO)

9:20 — 9:35

Presentation of the “EIT KICs: Collaboration in the RIS3 Context” report Nida Kamil Ozbolat (European Commission, JRC), Karel Haegeman (European Commission, JRC) and Katerina Sereti (EIT)

9:35 – 9:45

Policy on synergies and MFF negotiations – Lambert van Nistelrooij (former EMP, works on conceptualisation of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme and synergies between EIT and ESIF)

9:45 — 10:00

Discussion on the policy framework

Synergies: experiences and challenges

Moderated by Laura Supjeva (European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT)

10:00 – 10:15

Online poll with all participants on challenges and experiences

10:15— 10:30


Participatory workshop

Moderated by Ágnes Hitesy and Tamás Lunk (EIT KICs)

10.30 – 10.40

Experience with synergies between national/regional authorities and EIT KICs – presentation by a national authority

10:40 — 11:25

Showcasing example projects from the KICs’ portfolio:

EIT Digital RIS3 Support in collaboration with the Madrid Regional Government - Jesus Contreras  (Node Director, EIT Digital Spain)

Catalyst Europe, a biomedical innovation program designed by MIT and run by a European consortium within EIT Health - Ernest Lara (Catalyst Europe Manager) and Endre Ascsillan (Vice President of GE Hungary)

Kamil Szydłowski (Public and Regulatory Affairs Manager, EIT InnoEnergy)

Begoña Pérez Villareal (Director EIT Food CLC South)

Alexandros G. Charalambides (Associate Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering and EIT Climate-KIC Cyprus Hub Coordinator, Cyprus University of Technology)

11:25 — 12:30

Discussions in break-out rooms

12:30 – 12:45

Wrap-up and follow-up – KICs, EIT and JRC

Moderated by Karel Haegeman (European Commission, JRC)

You can access following reports:

1) JRC Policy Insight: Synergies for Innovation: Lessons Learnt from the S2E National Events.

2) Innovative finance in the health sector: A Guide to EU and National Funding.


Practical Information

29 Sep 2020 to 29 Sep 2020
The event took place online.
Registration Information
This event is by invitation only. Participants are mainly national and regional ESIF Managing Authorities (MAs), authorities in charge of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and partners/stakeholders of the EIT KICs from the EIT RIS countries.



In December 2019, EIT together with JRC published a report entitled “European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): Collaboration in the RIS3 Context. The report investigates the motivations, practices and opportunities for strengthening collaborations between the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), focusing on excellence-based innovation, and the national and regional Managing Authorities (MAs) of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) (focusing on place-based innovation in line with the cohesion policy), within the context of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

EIT and JRC jointly organises this online workshop to introduce the findings of the report to representatives of the Managing Authorities and to launch a dialogue on collaboration among the stakeholders.

Aim of the Workshop

The EIT KICs are part of the Horizon Europe. In light of the upcoming funding period 2021-2027, we aim to engage into discussions on the challenges and priorities with regard to the complementarities between national and regional RIS3 and EIT KICs’ thematic areas in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries.

At large, EIT KICs invest in entrepreneurship support, entrepreneurial education and in commercialisation of innovations in the areas of climate, energy, digital transformation, health, raw materials, food, urban mobility and manufacturing. During the workshop a dialogue will be launched between national/regional authorities in charge of ESIF and RIS3 and representatives of the EIT KICs, particularly from the EIT RIS countries, and seek potential collaboration on strategic projects and programmes that would enable market uptake of innovations nationally and regionally.

Methodology of the Workshop

The workshop will consist of two main sessions and one short bridge session:

  1. Policy discussion on the upcoming funding period: the findings of the joint EIT and JRC report, policy framework of the upcoming funding period 2021-2027, policy context of the synergies and the overall challenges and uncertainties posed by the policy framework.
  2. Bridge: Real-time online poll on experiences & challenges on enabling synergies between ESIF and Framework Programmes.
  3. Participatory exercise to identify challenges, opportunities and possible primary actions to enhance collaboration in the upcoming funding periodA participatory workshop that will build on the results of the real-time online poll and explore the avenues of potential joint cooperation in the thematic areas relevant for the EIT KICs and ESIF MAs and/or implementation bodies of RIS3. 


Karel Haegeman (JRC): 

Laura Supjeva (EIT):