07 May 2021
JRC publishes report on synergies between EU Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020 Funding across European Regions
The Joint Research Center (JRC) has published a report which aims at providing an overview of potential synergies between EU funding by exploring the allocation of research and innovation grants across EU regions. The combination of funding and financing sources is encouraged and over the course of the 2014-2020 period, the EU has invested more than €125 bn into support to research and innovation through two main channels: the excellence-based Horizon 2020 programme and its cohesion policy implemented through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and in particular the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This report uses project data to analyse the regional distribution of Horizon 2020 and ESIF funding among key enabling technologies (KET) and societal grand challenges (SGC) and to map potential synergies between different EU funding policies. It investigates the occurrence of potential synergies in regions stemming from a concentration of funding from both schemes in the same field.
Te findings indicate substantial differences among the frequency of regional funding concentrations in specific technology and policy areas. Characteristics of the technology or policy areas, such as distance to market, the relatedness to a certain industry or the need for the presence of an industrial ecosystem (e.g. transport or security), seem to play an important role.
The analysis shows that the KET for which the most synergies are observed across EU regions are those closest to the market (advanced manufacturing and processing, advanced materials and ICT). With regard to SGC, the areas related to Clean Energy, Food Security and Environment are the most implemented across EU regions. By contrast, it seems that only a limited number of EU regions concentrate the R&I funding available to them on technological and policy areas linked to traditional industries and requiring more pre-existing industrial assets, such as Clean Transport and Security. The mapping of synergies between ESIF and Horizon 2020 proposed in this report suggests that some KET and SGC not only fit well into the funding logic of Horizon 2020 but also into the funding requirements and priorities of EU cohesion policy (ERDF), particularly, the increase of R&I capacities or the support to SMEs.
The report can be downloaded here:
Exploring Synergies between EU Cohesion Policy and Horizon 2020 Funding across European Regions: An analysis of regional funding concentration on key enabling technologies and societal grand challenges