Eurada News nº403 - August 2020

What is the R&I Regional Viewer?

The R&I Regional Viewer (ESIF/H2020 data) is a tool allowing users to visualise and compare R&I investments under different funding channels and EU programmes across EU Regions.  Recently, the S3 platform has made two new dashboards on the distribution of EU funding at regional level available with updated data.

Nowadays, Europe is fully committed to investing and developing advanced technologies, which are a key growth factor for the European economy. Technologies such as the internet of things, industrial data, advanced manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, distributed ledgers, and artificial intelligence create opportunities for European industry to expand its leadership in emerging markets for future products and services. They are essential for developing innovative business models and new processes, as well as creating smart products and services. These innovative tools underpin the shift to a greener economy; they are instrumental in modernising Europe’s industrial base and addressing the development of entirely new industries. Their importance makes them a key element of European industrial policy and they are increasingly contributing to meeting today’s most pressing societal challenges. The majority of these instruments are oriented at EU businesses – in particular they refer to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – and reflect a variety of industries and sectors. This is where the R&I Regional Viewer comes in. 

The R&I Regional Viewer (ESIF/H2020 data) is a tool allowing users to visualise and compare R&I investments under different funding channels and EU programmes across EU Regions.  Recently, the S3 platform has made two new dashboards on the distribution of EU funding at regional level available with updated data. ‘User experience’ is a privilege that allows the user to compare regions individually by choosing the visualisation of territorial information for either Horizon 2020 (the H2020 dashboard) or ESIF (the ERDF Dashboard). Thanks to project abstract analysis, the user will be able to gather information on the specialisations of regions regarding key enabling technologies and societal grand challenges. The tool provides information on projects and beneficiaries funded through the main sources of EU funding related to R&I. The first version of the ‘new’ R&I viewer will be updated on a regular basis and will integrate new criteria for data visualisation. The R&I Regional Viewer is characterised  by a structured and regionalised visualisation (at Nuts levels 1, 2 and 3) of two sets of data: the Horizon 2020 funding awarded to the participants of projects sourced from the DG R&I Grant database (as of October 2019) and the allocated R&I-related investments under the European structural and investment funds (ESIF). The user can either choose to visualise territorial information concerning Horizon 2020 (the H2020 dashboard) or ESIF (the ERDF Dashboard). Regional benchmarking is possible by selecting several regions from a scroll down menu placed on top of the dashboards or directly on the map. The two dashboards are structured as follows: 

1-Territorial information (EU contribution):  

The EU Contribution will be based on the Common classification of territorial units for statistics, NUTS, a classification which divides up the economic territory of Member States. This also includes their extra-regional territory; that is to say, the parts of an economic territory that cannot be considered part of a particular region, for example: airspace, territorial waters and the continental plateau, territorial enclaves (embassies, consulates and military bases), and deposits of resources located in international waters and exploited by units within the territory.  The NUTS classification is hierarchical in that it subdivides each Member State into three levels: NUTS 1, NUTS 2 and NUTS 3. The second and third levels are subdivisions of the first and second levels respectively. A Member State may decide to add further levels to the hierarchy by subdividing NUTS level 3.  Following this process, after having selected the country in the online platform, it will be possible to identity the EU net contribution. 

2-Thematic & Specialisation information (specialisation indicators and thematic distribution): 

The degree of specialisation for selected regions is indicated via a Location Quotient. This is a methodology for quantifying how public funding is distributed in a certain technology or policy area of a region, as opposed to a larger geographical area such as the whole European Region. An indicator >1 means a concentration of funding in each area.  

3-Beneficiaries and project information (beneficiary and project lists etc.) 

Important remark concerning the location: on the H2020 dashboard, the location is based on the place where beneficiaries are legally registered. On ESIF dashboard, the location is based according to the place of implementation of the project  

In conclusion, the initiative to create this kind of instrument was launched under the Stairway to Excellence project (S2E). The project’s objective was the designation of a dataset of projects co-funded by the ERDF over the duration of the multi-annual financial framework 2014- 2020 with the intention of developing and exploiting the synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), Horizon 2020 (H2020), and other EU funding programmes. Considering the database’s future perspective, it could play an importance role in ex-ante impact assessment analysis for the multi-annual financial period of 2021-2027 with regard to future cohesion policy and the Horizon-Europe programme. It will be based on the systematic collection of all information available at national and regional levels.  

 

Written by Brixhilda Cepaj, Intern at EURADA