Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Summary:

The ‘Regions of knowledge’ initiative aims to strengthen the research potential of European regions, in particular by encouraging and supporting the development, across Europe, of regional ‘research-driven clusters’, associating Universities, Research Centre’s, Enterprises and Regional Authorities. Two calls for proposals have recently been published.

Call identifier: FP7-REGIONS-2008-1

Activity: Analysis, mentoring, integration of research agendas and definition of Joint Action Plans

In this call, proposals should address one or both of the following topics:

• Maximising the benefits of research infrastructures for regional economic development

• Regional contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions

Proposals must be submitted by and the selected projects will be lead by regional/local authorities.

The minimum number of participants: Consortia of a minimum of two regional research-driven clusters or a cross-border cluster composed at a minimum of six participants from at least two different European countries, consisting of research entities, business entities and regional/local authorities.

Sum: EUR 9.3m

Deadline: 14 March 2008


Call identifier: FP7-REGIONS-2008-2

Activity: Facilitating the emergence of new regional research driven clusters and mutual exchange of information

In the 2008 call, proposals should address one or both of the following topics:

• Maximising the benefits of research infrastructures for regional economic development

• Regional contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions

Proposals will be submitted by and the selected projects will be lead by regional/local authorities.

The minimum number of participants must be: at least 3 participants (one research entity, one business entity and one regional/local authority) coming from the same region for “facilitating the emergence of new research driven clusters” or one research driven cluster for “exchange of mutual information activities”.

Sum: EUR 800,000

Deadline: 14 March 2008

For more information on either call please see the individual call fiche and work programme.

Funder Link: CORDIS Home

Scheme Link: CORDIS – Find a Call

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

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