Applied Research Projects

Under the Specific Objective 1 of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, “Enhanced European territorial evidence production through applied research and analyses”, Applied Research projects (AR) contribute to the European territorial and analytical evidence base.

ESPON AR respond to policy needs and focus on key priorities for territorial development, such as priority themes of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Investment Plan for Europe, the Cohesion Policy and the Territorial Agenda 2020.

From the definition of the AR to the delivery of results, the ESPON MC guides the ESPON EGTC through Project Support Teams (PST).

PST includes at least one representative of the ESPON MC and one representative of the European Commission. PST, together with EGTC experts, follow and guide the implementation of the AR.

Further information

The following AR are available:

  1. Employment: Geography of new employment dynamics in Europe
  2. Foreign Direct Investments (World in Europe): The World in Europe, global FDI flows towards Europe
  3. SMEs: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities
  4. Low-carbon economy (Locate): Territories and low-carbon economy
  5. Inner peripheries: National territories facing challenges of access to basic services of general interest
  6. Territorial futures: Possible European Territorial Futures
  7. Territorial governance: Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe
  8. Financial instruments: Territorial analysis on the impacts of European Structural and Investment Funds’ financial instruments
  9. Green infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territoriAl development
  10. Youth unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience
  11. Bridges: Territories with geographical specificities