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The “centres of excellence” research excellence initiative

Centres of excellence (CoE) focus on priority technology areas and on horizontal linking along the entire chain of knowledge development. They involve partnerships between the private sector and academia. They aim at promoting the transition to an energy-efficient economy with low greenhouse gas emissions and a low-carbon society.

The CoE programme concentrates on knowledge and research infrastructure in priority research and technology areas and opens up possibilities for participation by different parts of the scientific community and the private sector, for participation in international activities and for addressing prominent social challenges. It also creates a platform for the preparation of PhD and MSc theses. The CoEs are high-quality multidisciplinary groups of researchers from academia and the business sector. The centres combine a critical mass of knowledge and adequate research infrastructure and have the potential to reach the top of world science and/or become part of international networks of excellence. The scheme is not considered state aid.

 
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