Synergien bilden bedeutet auch, die verschiedenen Programmwelten aktiv zu verzahnen. Das gelingt nur, wenn man die Menschen aus der NRW-Forschungs- und Innovationslandschaft miteinander ins Gespräch bringt und passende Netzwerke anbietet, damit sie voneinander profitieren können.

Networking in the Synergien.NRW project

Synergy building also means actively dovetailing the various programme worlds. This can only succeed by establishing a dialogue between stakeholders from North Rhine-Westphalia’s research and innovation community and offering suitable networks which allow them to profit from each other.

Synergien.NRW is developing a concept for networking and exchange at European, national and regional level that is customised to the various target groups. A special focus here lies on the three innovation fields “Health”, “Food” and “Energy”.

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Planned events at European level

  • We offer research and innovation stakeholders from North Rhine-Westphalia the possibility to join European partnerships.
  • We are intensifying exchange between North Rhine-Westphalia and industrialised regions, e.g. in the framework of the European Vanguard Initiative or the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) through strategic approaches to foster synergy building (cross-border).
  • We are initiating a regular exchange of information with European regions experienced in implementing concepts for the use of synergies between different funding programmes. This interregional exchange is based on the principle of “learning from regions” and serves as a complementary platform for exchange at decision-making level.

Planned events at national level

  • We remain in constant exchange with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, project management agencies, the EU Office of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at DLR Project Management Agency (DLR-PT), the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi) and the National Contact Points for Horizon Europe with regard to participation in initiatives and committees and event planning.
  • Synergien.NRW and the committee of the regional and national governments dedicated to greater synergy building between Horizon Europe and the European Structural and Investment Funds (Synergies Dialogue of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) are instruments of mutual inspiration. The Synergien.NRW project embraces stimuli from European R&I policy on synergies as well as from other German federal states. In the same way, with Synergien.NRW measures the Ministry of Culture and Science, as a member of the committee, stimulates activities in other federal states.

Planned measures at regional level

  • At political level, the Synergien.NRW project supports the Interdepartmental Exchange of Information between the ministries involved regarding research and innovation-related topics, following on in this context from activities undertaken in the Brückenbildung NRW pilot project.
  • We are organising synergy workshops on the three innovation fields “Health”, “Food” and “Energy”. This instrument is particularly suitable for creating an interface between the European and regional levels of the research and innovation landscape in the individual target groups of politics, research and innovation stakeholders and multipliers. The aim is to produce – in an interactive format and with the involvement of the regional ministries responsible – important results for faster and better technology development in North Rhine-Westphalia and its embedding in a European context.
  • Events in the shape of roundtables, train-the-trainer sessions and other formats are also planned.

Please note: Due to the current situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are examining whether our various event formats are possible online.