Synergies Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy: closing the innovation divide
The following similarities and linkages exist between Cohesion
Policy and Horizon 2020:
- Both Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020 share the same programming period of 7 years (2014-20), which makes it easier to synchronise funding and realise better planning for synergies
- Both share the same strategic goals of serving the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
- There is a possibility to combine Cohesion Policy and Horizon2020 funding in the same project, which opens the way to combined funding of individual Horizon 2020 projects
- The key instrument to maximising the synergies with Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy is the development of research and innovation strategies (RIS3) for smart specialisation. These strategies are critical for approval of the R&I elements of the Partnership Contracts and the Operational Programmes
Cities and the synergies of Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020: Smart Specialisation is key
As indicated, all cities and regions need to prepare a ‘smart
specialisation strategy’ as a condition for approval of the
Research & Innovation elements of the national Partnership
Contracts and Operational Programmes of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.
These are strongly synergized with Horizon 2020. To make the claim
for EU funding in 2014-2020 stronger cities and metropolitan areas
can already prepare to:
- Make a ‘smart specialisation strategy’
- The strategy design should also involve local stakeholders such as universities and higher education institutions, local industry, research and technology centres, development and innovation agencies, social partners etc.
- The Smart Specialisation Platform established by the European Commission, offers analytical and hands-on support to the development of these strategies.
EMI, Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy
EMI is actively finding synergies between urban research and urban practice (‘research-based, practice-led’). Therefore, EMI supports the more direct synergy between Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy. EMI does, however, advise to focus more on ‘practice-oriented’ research which is directly relevant in European cities and metropolitan areas. As regards ‘smart specialisation’, EMI has developed a Knowledge and Research Agenda on this subject with concrete examples from Poznan, Bucharest, Munich and Madrid.
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