Call for Proposals - FP7-Regions of Knowledge - Specific Programme "Capacities" Programme RTD FP7-REGIONS-2011-1 Closed!


The “Regions of Knowledge” action in FP7 responds to a need at European level to increase the overall capacity of regional players in enhancing innovation based on science and technology based development in full compliance with the priorities of the EUROPE 2020 strategy. Its purpose is to enable regions to strengthen their capacity for investing in and conducting research and technological development activities in a way which can contribute significantly to economic development. This shall maximise the potential for a successful involvement of regional actors in the European Research Area (ERA).


The 2011 Work Programme will develop "Transnational cooperation between regional research-driven clusters" (AREA 3.1) by covering the following activities:

  • Analysis, development and implementation of research agendas.
  • Mentoring of regions with a less developed research profile by highly developed ones.
  • Initiatives to improve integration of research actors and institutions in regional economies.

The "Regions of Knowledge" action supports the development, cooperation and integration of innovative and mature research-driven clusters in order to make happen more and better RTD investments at regional level and support European competitiveness worldwide. Proposals must demonstrate a clear exploitation potential in their regions and should help actors in the regions to make the best use of EU instruments such as the Framework Programmes, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme or the Structural Funds.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 18,66 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 December 2010 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - Regions of Knowledge (Work programme)
  • Call for Proposals - FP7-Regions of Knowledge (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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