AMCER - Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level

Thematic scope

EU R&D policies have an increasing impact on R&D systems and territorial cohesion, at European level and in the regions. However, regions only have a fragmented vision of the territorial impact of the earmarking of EU Regional Policy in the R&D field and of the results of EU programmes such as the FP6/FP7 and the CIP on their territories. As monitoring tools on these issues, they are using national or European general assessments and local empirical data. Despite being actors in the R&D field, regions are therefore lacking strategic knowledge for building better synergies between their policies and EU R&D ones.

This project aims to equip the 9 regional actors with an accurate picture of their R&D systems, EU R&D Policy activity and its territorial impacts. This should provide these regional actors with the evidence needed to formulate and manage R&D policy more effectively. More broadly, the project will provide a harmonised methodology that other regions can use and suggest how data collection can be improved so that it contributes more effectively to the management of R&D policy and territorial cohesion initiatives.

Please read more about the main areas of analysis and the main results envisaged on the next page.


Tuscany Region, Italy (lead stakeholder)

General Directorate of Research, Technology and Enterprise of the Innovation Science and Enterprise Regional Ministry of Andalusia, Spain

Brittany Region, France

Generalitat of Catalonia - Directorate of Innovation and Internationalization, Spain

East of England Development Agency, United Kingdom

Flemish Government - Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, Belgium

Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Germany

Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Finland

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, France

Lead Partner

Innova Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Budget: € 344,392

Project’s lifetime: March 2011 to September 2012

Delivery of Reports

Inception Report: 29th August 2011

Interim Report: 30th March 2012

Draft Final Report: 1st July 2012

Final Report: 30th September 2012


Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

More information

Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:

Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail: [email protected]

Main areas of analysis

  • R&D and territorial challenges of each of the regions
  • Investments and participation of regions through analysis of the European database on participation in FP6/FP7 and CIP
  • Regional R&D trends, specialisation and performance and broader territorial cohesion impacts
  • Comparison of regional trends and differences in the R&D sector and subsectors

Main results envisaged

  • Synthesised data about the territorial and R&D systems of the regions involved in the project
  • Consolidated data and analysis on the investments funded in the framework of EU R&D policies in the regions involved in the project
  • A harmonised methodology for the development and consolidation of regionalised data concerning the investments funded in the framework of EU R&D policies in the regions involved in the project
  • An analysis of impact of the investments funded in the framework of EU R&D policies in the regions involved in the project and territorial cohesion generally
  • Interregional comparison of the results generally for R&D and specific R&D sectors

The stakeholders will use the project’s results to help define strategic options for future R&D policy. In particular, they intend to use the results to:

  • Improve regional databases on the R&D systems;
  • Prepare of the strategic reference frameworks and operational programmes under the next programming period (2014-2020);
  • Formulate recommendations to the development of regionalised indicators on the results and impact of EU R&D policies.


Final Report - Executive Summary

  • Acrobat Document | 104KB

Final Report-Main Report

  • Acrobat Document | 2.09MB

Final Report-Scientific Annex

  • Acrobat Document | 8.88MB

Final Report-Andalusia Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.73MB

Final Report-Bretagne Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.32MB

Final Report-Catalunya Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.76MB

Final Report-East England Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.52MB

Final Report-Flanders Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.68MB

Final Report-Lower Saxony Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.82MB

Final Report-Ostrobotnia Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.44MB

Final Report-Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.61MB

Final Report-Tuscany Regional Profile

  • Acrobat Document | 2.72MB

Draft Final Report - Main Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.26MB

Draft Final Report Annex - Methodology

  • Acrobat Document | 819KB

Draft Final Report Annex –Policy Framework

  • Acrobat Document | 829KB

Draft Final Report Annex –Synthesis of R&D Systems

  • Acrobat Document | 8.10MB

Draft Final Report Annex – Comparative Analysis

  • Acrobat Document | 911KB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 1.08MB

Interim Report - Annex Component 1

  • Acrobat Document | 7.66MB

Interim Report - Annexes

  • Acrobat Document | 1.17MB

Inception Report

  • Acrobat Document | 379KB

Project Specifications

  • Acrobat Document | 153KB