A regional and local perspective on R&I

ERRIN brings a bottom-up place-based perspective to the European research and innovation policy and funding programmes, with a collective voice of around 120 regions and their ecosystems across Europe. Through our member-driven Working Groups and Task Forces, we strengthen and influence EU policy development by advocating a regional and local innovation ecosystem approach, which underpins all the network’s activities. The unique value of ERRIN’s policy work lies in the close collaboration with and between our members, continuous dialogue with European institutions and ability to provide concrete input based on diverse experience and expertise developed through over 20 years of activity in Brussels.

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ERRIN's input to Horizon programmes 2014-2027 consultation

February 2023

ERRIN's policy work

As the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation in 2021-2027, Horizon Europe remains at the centre of ERRIN’s policy work, alongside preparations for the next EU Framework Programme for R&I (FP10).

There are currently four areas at the core of ERRIN’s policy work, which were also the main parts of the ERRIN’s 2023 input to the largest public consultation on Horizon 2014-2027 to date, and are presented in more detail in separate subpages, together with ERRIN policy messages:

With certain aspects of research and innovation being funded by other sources, we also work on programmes under cohesion policy such as Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Instrument, Connecting Europe Facility, Creative Europe, Digital Europe, Erasmus+, InvestEU, LIFE, Innovation Fund or Single Market Programme.

To explore added value, we examine closer linkages and synergies between research and innovation and other policies, for example Smart Specialisation as connecting the R&I and cohesion policy worlds. Complementing these activities, more transversal topics related to the development of regional and local R&I ecosystems are also covered by ERRIN’s work.

In 2024, ERRIN focuses on continuing reflections on FP10 and strengthening the research and innovation dimension in the cohesion policy post-2027, which started in autumn 2023 and have been rolled out further in the first months of 2024 (March update). The FP10 is a continuous work stream for ERRIN Working Groups and Task Forces this year, with various activities planned throughout 2024.


Latest Updates

  • By Rodolphe Doité

AI for local and regional authorities – Survey for the Committee of the Regions stakeholders’ consultation

The ERRIN ICT WG wishes to collect ERRIN’s members’ needs, challenges and solutions related to Artificial intelligence in order to answer the CoR stakeholders' consultation, expected in September 2024.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Showcase your EU-funded project at the ERA Conference on 18-19 September 2024

Would you like to showcase your EU-funded project to an audience of key European stakeholders? In preparation for the high-level ERA Conference on 18-19 September 2024, INSPIRING ERA is looking for innovative and impactful projects that have made significant contributions to the European Research Area. Call for proposals is open until 7 June.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

ERRIN two-page input on FP10 for the attention of the Expert Group

As the work towards the next EU Framework Programme for R&I (FP10) continues, ERRIN is pleased to share its two-page input for the attention of the Expert Group on the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe. The document is a concise compilation of the reflections on FP10 done at ERRIN so far, highlighting topics of key importance. Work on a series of broader input papers is underway.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Feedback opportunity for Horizon Europe work programme 2025

The European Commission opened an opportunity to provide input for the development of the Horizon Europe ‘main’ work programme 2025. Submitted responses will contribute to the co-design of the work programme 2025, covering all six clusters, research infrastructures, European innovation ecosystems, the five EU Missions and the New European Bauhaus facility. The deadline for feedback is 6 May 2024 midday, CEST.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Take part in a survey on examples of frugal and reverse innovation

The EISMEA has commissioned a study on Mapping and Scoping of Frugal and Reverse Innovation. As part of the study, a survey is now open to gather examples of frugal and reverse innovations. The results will contribute to a novel database that is currently under development.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

The EIC launches a consultation on its Business Acceleration Services

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is launching a survey open to EIC beneficiaries, aiming to collect information regarding the use of the EIC Community Platform and the EIC Business Acceleration Services. The survey is open until 12 April 2024.