ESIF 2014-20
The Government Priorities
David Morrall
Department of Communities and Local Government
24 April 2014
European Structural and Investment Fund
• A single Growth Programme combining ERDF, ESF and some
EAFRD
• Aligned with othe...
Thematic Objectives and Strategies
• Menu of ten policy themes ‘Thematic Objectives’
• Thematic Objective 1 (‘Innovation’)...
Smart Specialisation – a NewApproach
• Adoption of concept patchy across LEP areas
• eg. 26 of 39 ESI Fund strategies clai...
Competitiveness and Innovation
• Horizon 2020 will be the largest financial instrument implementing
the Innovation Union, ...
Challenges ahead
• Cross –LEP area working in innovation space
• Role of HEIs to facilitate
• SSS Advisory Hub – what role...
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Overview of the 2014 – 2020 programme - David Morrall, Head of DCLG 2014-2020 Policy Team, Department for Communities and Local Government

  1. 1. ESIF 2014-20 The Government Priorities David Morrall Department of Communities and Local Government 24 April 2014
  2. 2. European Structural and Investment Fund • A single Growth Programme combining ERDF, ESF and some EAFRD • Aligned with other EU funding instruments such as Horizon 2020 and domestic policies and programmes • National Operational Programmes for ERDF, ESF and EAFRD – the end of regional OPs • 39 LEP area ESIF Funds strategies 2 ESIF Government Priorities
  3. 3. Thematic Objectives and Strategies • Menu of ten policy themes ‘Thematic Objectives’ • Thematic Objective 1 (‘Innovation’) most relevant to Higher Education • Local Enterprise Partnership areas have allocated £662,423,882 to this objective which equates to 22.22% of their ERDF allocations • Most ESI Fund strategies identify opportunities for local business- HEI collaboration • Very few propose cross-boundary working 3 ESIF Government Priorities
  4. 4. Smart Specialisation – a NewApproach • Adoption of concept patchy across LEP areas • eg. 26 of 39 ESI Fund strategies claim national/international excellence in Life Sciences • Smart Specialisation Advisory Hub 4 ESIF Government Priorities
  5. 5. Competitiveness and Innovation • Horizon 2020 will be the largest financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, €80bn. • In the current version of Horizon 2020 (FP7) the UK has won more than 16% of all funding to EU member states and 27% of European Research Council (ERC) funding. • Funding for competitiveness and innovation makes up nearly 18% of the UK’s receipts from the EU, almost the same as the UK receives in Structural Funds (ERDF and ESF). • Higher education consumes the lion’s share of this (70%). 5 ESIF Government Priorities
  6. 6. Challenges ahead • Cross –LEP area working in innovation space • Role of HEIs to facilitate • SSS Advisory Hub – what role could it play? • Improved alignment with EU initiatives, especially Horizon 2020 • Role of innovation/HE bodies – Universities UK, HEFCE, TSB, etc 6 ESIF Government Priorities

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