European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

Competitive regions through tangible R&I Synergies

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Tue 8, October 2019
16:30 - 19:00
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8 October 2019, 16:30 – 18:00, Square – Brussels Convention Centre – 110 (circle 1) 

Organisers:     DG for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, and COST

Facilitating and operationalising synergies between different EU policies, programmes and funding instruments is key to maximising the quantity, quality and impact of R&I investment in the regions. In future, increased opportunities are expected for example to support Seal of Excellence projects, programme co-fund, cumulative funding, the option to transfer Structural Funds for R&I to Horizon Europe for the benefit of the regions, as well as links between Horizon Europe and support for interregional innovation investments. However, to build competitive regions, it is also essential to support the take-up of research results or advanced technologies generated under the Framework Programmes for R&I. Regional and local administrations are pivotal in the dissemination, exploitation and take-up of mature R&I results. They can maximise significantly the impact of R&I investment by implementing the funded portfolio of EU projects in their territories and by supporting the exploitation of results for local economic and societal growth. The workshop will draw lessons on the following actions: on the recent INTERREG Central Europe pilot call for a common exploitation of results; on the Seal of Excellence as an innovative example of maximising the impact of investments in R&I in the regions by facilitating the take up of excellent proposals evaluated by the Research Framework Programme; on the contribution of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to the advancement of regions thanks to its support to attract and train talented researchers; on a COST action that generated a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) aiming to connect regional research infrastructure across Europe. Horizon Dashboard and Horizon Results Platform will be instrumental in helping Member States and stakeholders to navigate through R&I Framework programmes' data and results. 


Moderator: Ioannis SAGIAS, DG Research and Innovation, Common Data and Knowledge Management Service

16:30   Welcome and introduction

10'       Magda DE CARLI, Head of Unit, European Research Area and Country Intelligence, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission,      

            Claire MOREL, Head of Unit, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture 

(10' per speaker)

 16:40   Seal of Excellence (SoE)

In the direction of a structured matching between regional needs that are identified in RIS3 and Regional Operational Programmes and Interregional cooperation, and the R&I Framework Programmes, the SoE scheme allows regions to invest in the implementation of excellent proposals that respond to local and regional needs. A successful implementation practice of the seal of excellence by EU regions will be presented. 

Speaker:   Polona Koveš, (SI) Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.  In Slovenia, the concept of synergies between national, ESIF and Framework Programme funds is firmly embedded in the Slovenian research and innovation system. Lessons learned from phase 1 and 2 dedicated calls for funding projects with a Seal of Excellence will be presented. 

16:50   INTERREG Central Europe  

Lessons learned from the INTERREG Central Europe 4th call for common exploitation/capitalisation of results, including results attained under the European Framework Programmes, which demonstrates that the cross-fertilisation between European funding resources increases R&I impacts across Europe. This pilot call aims to be a good practice replicable for other programmes that are managed by national/regional authorities. 

Speaker:  Luca Ferrarese, Programme Director and Head of Office at the Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE Programme 2014-2020 

17:00   COST Actions

Illustration of how an excellent case of a COST action generated a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) EPPN2020 aiming to connect regional research infrastructure across Europe  

Speaker: Ulrich Schurr, COST Action FA1306 (The quest for tolerant varieties – Phenotyping at plant and cellular level) Professor of Phytosphere Research, Univ. of Dusseldorf (DE). 

17:10   Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The MSCA contribute to the competitiveness of the regions by attracting and training talented researchers. Advantages and challenges of combining Framework Programme funding with ESI Funds and the alignment with Regional Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3)     

Speaker: Germana di Falco, Project Manager of MSCA COFUND project REP-EAT 

17:20   DG Research and Innovation, Common Data and Knowledge Management Service

Elements of information on Horizon Dashboard and Horizon Results Platform, including the revamp of CORDIS, to which the Dashboard refers for further project details beyond data and statistics

Speaker: Ioana-Andreea Vlad, Common Data and Knowledge Management Service

 17:30   Moderated Q&A session 

 17:50   Closing words – Stephane Ndong, Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, Common  Data and Knowledge Management Service

Magda De Carli, Germana Di Falco, Luca Ferrarese, Polona Köveš, Claire Morel, Stephane Ndong, Ioannis Sagias, Ulrich Schurr, Ioana-Andreea Vlad
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
COST Association, European Commission - DG EAC, European Commission - DG RTD
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 110 (circle 1).
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

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