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Spreading excellence and widening participation

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The aim of the independent pillar "Spreading excellence and widening participation" is to maximising investment in research and innovation to enable the European Union to function in a more streamlined and homogeneous way, allowling the individual strengths of each Member State to be optimised.

 There is significant evidence pointing to the fact that the pathway to economic growth and competitiveness is strongly connected to the scaling up of investment in research and innovation.

In order to address these challenges, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation. These measures are targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation, and they will be implemented by the Member States most in need of the new Cohesion policy for the 2014-2020 programming period.

 

Main activities:

The Teaming action (associating advanced research institutions to other institutions, agencies or regions for the creation or upgrade of existing centres of excellence) is a new feature under Horizon 2020. It will provide new opportunities to the parties involved, with real prospects for growth through tapping into new collaboration and development patterns, including the establishment of new scientific networks, links with local clusters and opening up access to new markets. This will offer national and local research new possibilities for exploitation and value creation and boost the innovation potential of the  countries involved.

 

Twinning: these kind of activities will help strengthen a defined field of research in a knowledge institution through linking with at least two internationally-leading counterparts in Europe.

 

The ERA Chairs scheme will provide support for universities and other research institutions to attract and maintain high quality human resources and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.

 

Strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of transnational networks of National Contact Points will allow financial and technical support and ensure the flow of information between them and the Horizon 2020 implementation bodies.

 

Other activities:

Supporting access to international networks for excellent researchers and innovators who lack sufficient involvement in European and international networks. This will include support provided through COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

 

The Policy Support Facility will aim to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of national/regional research and innovation policies. It will offer expert advice to public authorities at national or regional level on a voluntary basis, covering the needs to access the relevant body of knowledge, benefit from the insight of international experts, use state of the art methodologies and tools, and receive tailor-made advice.

 

Budget:

2014: € 69,06 million – 2015: € 93,72 million

 

Reference Links:

Participant Portal

Horizon 2020 official website

National Contact Point

2014-2015 Calls

Work Programme 2014-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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