Synergies between Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and European Structural and Investment Funds
Contributing to the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 : final report - Study
This publication is the final report of a study that contributed to the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. It collected information and data on the overall development of synergies between Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds. The study provided evidence that there is a legal basis for synergies in place and that there are overall implementation guidelines for all the institutional synergy actors involved. However, the overall development of synergies is considered by the synergy actors as variable, occasional and rather based on a chance than on a more systematic... process. All the actors involved in the promotion of synergies should thus assume their responsibilities to improve the strategic framework, communication, coordination and support to this policy. Clearer definition of roles between the synergy actors would allow a more effective and focused support to the generation of synergies. Overall, there is a need to improve the clarity of synergy-related concepts and definitions as well as objectives and expected impacts. There is a need to enhance communication, awareness raising, coordination, and importantly, monitoring of this policy. More concrete support should also be provided - support that is tailored to specific needs of a Member State and/or a region - for the processes aimed at designing and developing synergies as well as for the operational implementation of synergies, for example, by showcasing good practices.