Horizon WIDERA 2023 Call – Pathways to Synergies

29 November 2022 - 28 September 2023


The purpose of this action is to provide support for additional efforts required for setting up the interfaces between two different funding systems where major barriers still occur due to the mismatches of regional versus European approach, consortium vs single beneficiary funding and Horizon thematic priorities vs national/regional smart specialisation. Consortia need to decide at proposal level which of the two aforementioned pathways is applicable for their needs. This will also influence the composition of the applicant consortium and the choice of funded activities.

Expected Outcome

Synergies between Horizon Europe and the cohesion policy programmes, notably the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF) but also INTERREG and the Resilience and Recovery Fund (RRF), are instrumental for widening countries to catch up in their R&I performance and to reduce the innovation divide in Europe. Although such synergies are already addressed in the Teaming and Excellence Hubs actions under this work programme these instruments do not capture the full range of possible synergies and need to be complemented by a dedicated scheme. The Commission staff working document on ‘Synergies between Horizon Europe and ERDF programmes’ (SWD(2022) xxx final) presents the new opportunities for achieving operational synergies between Horizon Europe and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), including for Seal of Excellence, transfer, cumulative funding, combined funding (Co-funded and Institutionalised Partnerships), Teaming, and upstream/downstream synergies. This pilot call offers opportunities to incentivise the concrete realisation of particularly promising sequential synergies in two different pathways either supporting the upstream synergy mode (a) or downstream synergy mode (b) where the former is focussing on human resources development and internationalisation and the latter on valorisation and upscaling of research results towards marketable solutions.

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