The Joint Research Centre released the S2E Technical Report on „Mobilising European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon 2020 in support of innovation in less developed regions“. It states that while newer member states benefit from higher research and innovation allocations from ESIF, participation in H2020 remains a challenge. Newer member states are characterized by lower overall R&D intensity, their research and innovation systems are less internationalized and most R&D is performed by public research institutions rather than businesses. For a possible complementarity between ESIF and H2020 and for support of the development-minded policy, it is important the international collaboration and business innovation capabilities.
More information and full report are available here.