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ERDF & Interreg innovation funding event

13 Sep 2017
15 Hatfields, London, United Kingdom

The GCGP LEP and the Smart Specialisation Hub invite you to an Innovation Funding workshop to meet potential partners and discuss and further develop your proposal ideas with the aim of submission into one of the open calls. A DCLG representative from the 2 Seas Programme will also be present to talk about Interreg funding.

Innovation is a major driver of the UK economy and significant funding is available for investment in innovation from the European Regional Development Fund. This includes the national ERDF programme for England as well as a number of Interreg programmes supporting transnational and cross-border cooperation.
The Innovation themes we will focus on are:

  • Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure
  • Promoting business investment in research and innovation
  • Framework conditions for innovation
  • Technological innovation
  • Social Innovation
  • Low Carbon Technology
  • Circular economy and resource efficiency


This event is open to potential applicants from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP), New Anglia, Hertfordshire and South East LEP areas. If you are interested in any of the above themes, need help with partnership building or want to discuss your project idea, please register now (spaces are limited).




Arrival and coffee




Welcome and setting the scene

Michael Barnes, GCGP LEP



National context for innovation and smart specialisation

Viola Hay, Smart Specialisation Hub



Innovation funding from ERDF England

Michael Barnes, GCGP LEP



Innovation funding from Interreg

Solveig Burfeind, DCLG



Break-out session / Sand Pit

  • Themed groups (e.g. technological innovation, innovation in low carbon, social innovation)
  • Brainstorming session of project ideas; elements of what each organisation can contribute to someone’s idea (Graffiti board exercise)
  • Facilitated group discussion on which of the elements can be shaped into a project proposal for either ERDF or Interreg funding



Lunch and networking




Break-out session continued

  • Facilitated group discussion on which of the elements can be shaped into a project proposal for either ERDF or Interreg funding
  • The group should fill in a simple project ideas form (including potential outputs and results)



Summary of the Sand Pit discussions

  • Feedback from each group


Panel session and Q&A

  • Hear from existing innovation projects, what they do and how they submitted a successful bid;[VH1]
  • Hear about the added value of working with international partners



Next steps and close:

  • What next for your project idea?



Further information/How to register

For any questions, please contact Viola Hay, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Smart Specialisation Hub: viola.hay@ktn-uk.org.

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