The GCGP LEP and the Smart Specialisation Hub are holding a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) info day, to learn more about the current funding opportunities and the available support on offer for applicants.

Calls for applications across ERDF Priority Axes 1 to 4 are currently open in the GCGP LEP area until January 2018, with an indicative budget of more than £10m available for projects that will promote research and innovation, boost competitiveness of SMEs, enhance access to and the use and quality of ICT or support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors.

At the workshop we will share information on the expectations and ambition for these calls, explain why this is a priority for our region, show what support is available for applicants and facilitate a discussion on project ideas, barriers, potential solutions and opportunities.

You will hear presentations from the GCGP LEP, the KEEP+ project (TBC) and the Smart Specialisation Hub, followed by the opportunity to take part in stimulating round table discussions.

There will also be ample time to network over lunch.

Registration will open at 09:30am for a 10am start.

ERDF Info Day Agenda

09.30: Registration – Refreshments available

10.00: Welcome
10.05: Update on the ERDF programme and latest calls for Research and Innovation, ICT, SME Support and Low Carbon projects
10.35: Overview of KEEP+ Project
10.50: The role of the Smart Specialisation Hub
11.05: Coffee Break
11.20: Round table discussions

Questions for discussion:
1. What ideas do you have for ERDF Research and Innovation projects that could benefit GCGP LEP / the East of England region? What specifically do these projects need to consider?
2. What challenges do you see in developing ambitious ERDF R&I projects? Can you suggest any solutions?

12.05: Feedback from round tables
12.20: Next Steps
12.30: Lunch

This is event is FREE but registration is required, using the Eventbrite link on the right hand side.