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13 Dec 2018

New PSF report looks at synergies between Framework Programme and Structural Funds

The European Commission's Policy Support Facility has published a new report which looks at ways to widen participation in, and strengthen synergies between, the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (FP) and European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF). The report results from a PSF Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) where 12 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain and Turkey) were actively involved and identified lessons learned and strategies to boost national innovation systems and R&I performance.

The final report offers a summary of the recommendations under several topics for which specific reports are available. Lessons learned on the subject of “widening” include measures to attract qualified staff, encourage science-business cooperation, improve cross-sector networking and skills development, and communication channels between stakeholders.

Policy lessons include the need to develop coherent, long-term national and regional strategies to enhance R&I system performance. The report also emphasises the importance of improved governance structures that deliberately set out communication and coordination between the managing authorities responsible for overseeing the implementation of ESIF-supported activities at national and regional levels and those bodies responsible for H2020-related activities.

The summary report can be downloaded here.

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