Applied Research

Applied Research Projects, conducted under Priority 1 of the ESPON 2013 Programme, are thematically defined by the demand of policy makers. The projects create European wide, comparable information and evidence on territorial potentials and challenges focusing on opportunities for success for the development of regions and cities. Cross-thematic applied research is a major activity integrating existing thematic analysis and adding future analysis of new themes. Territorial impact studies of EU policies will be another focus under this priority.

The TPGs of the Applied Research Projects are assisted by Sounding Boards in an interactive process.  Sounding Boards provide, in an advisory role, continuous feedback and guidance for the implementation of each action, ensuring a sound scientific base and high scientific quality of project results.

The following Applied Research Projects are available: