In order to optimise the added value from investments funded wholly or in part through the budget of the Union in the field of research and innovation, synergies should be sought in particular between the operation of ESIF and H2020, as set up in Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, whilst respecting their distinct objectives.”
Source: Common Provisions Regulation (CPR), 17 December 2013

The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigacionas (CSIC) together with other partners within the NCP_WIDE.NET project is organizing Synergies Workshops on October, 11-12 in Brussels

Synergies are targeted to maximise the impact of public policies and support in bridging regions, sectors and value chain stakeholders towards new business, competitiveness, new and better jobs and benefits for our society and environment.

In the process of developing synergies, three levels of action have to be considered in a combined way: strategic, programming and project. The strategic and programming levels are of crucial importance to secure continuity in policy, a long-term vision and effective implementation of the strategy. In developing synergies, the stimulation of strategic cooperation between public authorities responsible for the design of programmes is indispensable as is coordinated investment in research and innovation in the identified priority fields supporting competitiveness and growth.

But, how to carry it out? in order to fully exploit the opportunities for synergies, it is essential that the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) are elaborated by national and/or regional managing authorities for Cohesion Policy, in close collaboration with the authorities and bodies responsible for research and innovation most directly concerned by Horizon 2020, as well as universities, higher education institutions, local industry, research and technology centres, development and innovation agencies, social partners, etc. These strategies should consider both upstream and downstream actions to and from Horizon 2020 as key actions for the Cohesion Policy funding.

Additionally, Horizon 2020 pays special attention to closing the research and innovation divide in Europe, so in implementing H2020 measures with particular Cohesion Policy synergy potentials, e.g. ERA chairs, regional partner facilities of ESFRI, labels of excellence, and the SME instrument, the managing authorities must consider the various opportunities in their respective OPs

At national level structures should be set up to facilitate the strategic identification of priorities for the different instruments and to seek to avoid duplication of effort and identify areas where additional financial support is needed.

Communication between Horizon 2020 National Contact Points and ministries involved in its governance and Cohesion Policy managing authorities in each country should also be strengthened regarding Horizon 2020 project participants in a region and potential links of the projects to RIS3 fields.

Concerning the project level, when combining funding from Horizon 2020 and ESIF for synergetic actions, the legal frameworks and the specific rules for the management, project selection and implementation of the respective programmes still apply.

This workshop intends to be a highly practical workshop, and it is aimed at providing examples in which EF/ESIF and FP7/H2020 funds have been combined in order to amplify the R&I investments and their impact, as well as analyzing key success factors and barriers on building synergies.

Date: 11-12th October 2016, 1,5 days

Place: 11 October 9:15-17:30, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) Brussels Office; Rue du Trone 62; 7th floor
12 October 9:00-10:30, CZELO: Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation Rue du Trone 98; 6th floor

Agenda: agenda_synergies-workshop-brussels_-october-2016_agenda

Due to the exhaustion of the places the registration is completed.

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