Regions of Knowledge

The Regions of Knowledge theme of the Capacities programme of FP7 is specifically aimed at strengthening the research potential of European regions through supporting regional research-driven clusters; bringing together universities, research centres, enterprises and regional authorities.

Support actions will enable European regions to bolster capacity to invest in and carry out research activities; intensifying the role of research and technological development (RTD) in economic development and to enable European regions to provide investment in research-driven clusters at a local and regional level. A total of €126 million has been allocated for Regions of Knowledge over the duration of FP7.

Activity will be implemented through Coordination and Support Actions, including:

  • Analysis, development and implementation of research agendas for regional or cross-border clusters.
  • Mentoring of regions with less-developed research profiles by highly developed ones.
  • Initiatives to improve integration.
  • Dissemination activity – conferences, workshops, publications and web based initiatives.

Participants are expected to be single research-driven clusters or consortia of regional research-driven clusters that have multinational partnership.

Useful Documents and Presentations

National Contact Point(s)

Logo: Enterprise Ireland
Dr Imelda Lambkin
Organisation: Enterprise Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)1 727 2665

Other Regional Activity

Links to South East Regional Assembly and BMW Regional Assembly home pages.

Leading Ireland's
Participation In FP7

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