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1 1 Synergies in EU policies supporting research and innovation (R&I): coordination of territorial aspects Pierre GODIN Policy Analyst, EU Commission, DG REGIO/D2 Seminar Territorial Cohesion: Improving policy coherence on the ground 2 July 2010, Brussels

2 2 Some questions… Are R&I important in a regional approach? Is a regional approach important for R&I policies? Which EU policies can support R&I and how? How to build Regional Innovation Strategies? Which possible synergies between R&I policies? From synergies of policies to synergies of action: how? And some examples …

3 3 Are R&I important in a regional approach? Regional approach (Regional policy) Reducing disparities by promoting competitiveness, growth and jobs, R&I: from ideas to products / services for meeting major challenges, R&I: no impact if disconnected from the regional economy R&I centres disconnected from the regional potential and needs R&I centres without industrial partnership in the region, R&I: key role in a regional integrated strategy = 1a: Universities and Higher Education Institutions, 1b: Research centres and technology institutes, 2a: Businesses and their (multi)sectoral organisations, social partners, regional development agencies, 2b: Other stakeholders: NGOs, consumers & citizens associations, 3: Public authorities representing the different policy areas. triple helix, clusters, pôles de compétitivité…

4 4 Is a regional approach important for R&I policies? Research and innovation policies Excellence in research: world-class research centres (super X, Y, Z) Excellence in innovation: world-class innovative clusters Regional approach: identify leading regions for basic R&I Only leading regions with a critical mass are relevant for basic R&I Regional approach: crucial for disseminating R&I results Making the best use of the results of world-class R&I results Adapting basic R&I results to the regional potential and needs, Disseminating adapted R&I results through interregional cooperation, Towards smart specialisation

5 5 Which EU policies can support R&I and how? Research policy for excellence in research Framework Programme (FP) Enterprise and Industry Policy for excellence in business Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP), focus on clusters Regional Policy for a balanced territorial development (ERDF &CF) Making EU regions more attractive places to invest and work, Improving knowledge and innovation for growth, Territorial dimension: urban & rural areas, cooperation between regions Social Policy for employment and social inclusion (ESF) More & better jobs, training, Other policies: education, rural and coastal development. Regional innovation systems require synergies

6 6 Cohesion Policy Total: 347 billion

7 7 R&I: allocations under Cohesion policy 86 billion, i.e. 25% of the total Structural Funds: 62 billion in Convergence regions 22 billion in Competitiveness & Employment regions 2.1 billion for territorial cooperation This includes: RTD-I in the narrow sense: 50 billion Entrepreneurship: 8.3 billion Innovative ICT: 13 billion Human capital potential in RTD-I With leverage effect: up to 200 billion possible … Massive increase compared to : 26 billion (= 11% of the total SF budget) were invested in RTD-I in the broad sense, of which 10.7 billion in RTDI in the narrow sense.

8 8 Balance between different approaches supply-driven: R&D results / Demand-driven: SMEs needs, global: many sectors / targeted approach: high tech or tradit. SMEs: essential role in RISs & creative sectors building RISs with / for different types of SMEs, facilitating their access to: qualified workers; advice & support services; relevant information on funding; market, promoting entrepreneurship, clusters/networks, investing in human capital: new skills for new jobs. Governance issues / Taking ownership of RISs Promoting partnership at strategic / operational level between: national / regional / local authorities for relevant policies, private sector (businesses) & civil society (associations…). How to build Regional Innovation Strategies?

9 9 Which possible synergies between R&I policies? Need to joint efforts for covering high costs of RIs Bringing together EU, national, regional and private funds Combining cohesion policy & research policy (ERDF & FP7) Ensuring that EU remains a leading player in the world of RTD-I Meeting long term challenges (e.g. climate, energy, demography) COMM Competitive EU regions through RTD-I (2007) Underlining potential for synergies between FP7 / CIP / SF Practical guide informing about funding options (FP7 / CIP / SF) Complementary financing: possible for RIs FP7: planning, design & access to RIs / ERDF: construction of RIs Complementary financing: possible for RTD-I activities After the construction of RIs funded by FP7 and/or ERDF, the use of RIs for research activities may be supported by FP7, CIP, ERDF/ESF (no double or mixed financing for the same part of a project!)

10 10 Exploiting the potential for synergies Fostering co-ordinated access to the EU funds: possible support of ESFRI projects under SF (e.g. ELI), to be explored with Managing Authorities (ad hoc template) Ensuring communication & information Updating a database of projects (ERDF, ESF, FP7, CIP) Preventing financial irregularities Role of national / regional authorities implementing the different EU policies:

11 11 From synergies of policies…: Recommendations at EU policy level Strengthen cooperation among EU Commission DGs: Higher education, research, enterprise & industry policies Structural policies: regional, social, rural & maritime policies Reflect on harmonisation and simplification for EU 2020: financial rules: eligibility of expenditure & payments of expenses, Procedures: submission and assessment of projects, [but specificities, differences between centrally or shared management] Promote good practice of policy mix & governance: Identify regional innovation systems based on policy mixes fostering complementaries in the implementation of EU policies linked to R&I, Analyse success factors, e.g. governance / partnership issues, Disseminate good practice and encourage its implementation.

12 12 … to synergies of action: Recommendations to MS & regions Establish nat. & reg. integrated innovation strategies: combining EU funding opportunities linked to research & innovation, catalysing partnership among public and private stakeholders, in particular between universities, research centres and businesses (e.g. science parks with incubators for innovative start-ups, EIT-KICs) Explore possible ERDF support to FP7 or CIP projects: selected but not retained by FP7 or CIP due to the lack of financial resources (if regional impact); ERDF may also use of related ideas, identified and shaped in the context of centrally managed EU projects, but whose implementation falls outside the scope of EU programmes, Foster transfer of good practice to large scale: good practice tested at pilot scale (e.g. under FP7-RegPot/RoK, CIP, Interreg) could be mainstreamed into ERDF operational programmes,

13 13 Potsdam-Golm Science Park (Germany) (Finalist RegioStars Award 2009) ERDF: 74 million ( ) for research infrastructure: University of Potsdam Research institutes (Plank, Fraunhofer) GO:INcubator (4,000m2) scientists 7,000 students FP5-6-7 support for several joint research projects from University and research institutes Network of research bodies and enterprises

14 14 Success story in Poland: synergy FP-SF Source: Dr Andrzej Siemaszko, Head of NCP Poland (WIRE conference, Granada, 17/03/2010)

15 15 Sources of advice & information Visit the EU specific websites Practical Guide on EU funding opportunities for research & innovation: FP7: CIP: ERDF: Managing Authorities for the Operational Programmes ESF: Managing Authorities for the Operational Programmes Contact the information centres & the MAs in the MS EEN – Enterprise Europe Network: for FP7 and CIP NCP – National Contact points: for FP7; for CIP (energy & ICT) SF – Managing Authorities: contacts & OPs summaries in web-sites; funding depends on their budget planning, timing and procedures. Thank you for your attention !

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