CREST Guidelines on Coordinating the Framework Programme and the Structural Funds to support Research and Development
Document Date: 2007-06-01
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Knowledge lies at the heart of the European Union's Lisbon Strategy to become the "most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world". This aim gives orientation to European Union (EU) policies among which are the EU cohesion and the EU research policies. Cohesion policies are dedicated to supporting economic and social cohesion, reducing disparities between European regions and promoting growth and employment. EU research policy aims at supporting excellent research and development activities and establishing the European Research Area (ERA) to enable successful competition on a global scale.
Two important European instruments to support these policies are the Structural Funds (including the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund) for cohesion policy and the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development for research policy.
Even though these instruments are designed to reflect different EU policies, by working together they can help to mobilise research and technological development potential at regional, national and European level, and contribute to regional economic and social development much more effectively than if they were employed separately. Thus coordinated use of the Structural Funds and the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development can help to achieve the aims of the Lisbon Strategy.
On the basis of the mandate given by the Scientific and Technical Research Committee of the European Union (CREST) in October 2006, the CREST Working Group on "How to achieve better coordinated use of Framework Programme and Structural Funds to support R&D" has undertaken a work that led to the elaboration of the present CREST guidelines including 14 recommendations. The work has been carried out in the context of the 3rd cycle of the Open Method of Coordination in support of the Barcelona target to improve and increase investment in research to 3% of GDP by 2010 in the EU.