Policy paper

Smart Specialisation in England

Smart Specialisation aims to encourage the efficient and effective use of public investment in research.



Smart Specialisation in England provides a strategic framework for investments in research and innovation funded by the European Regional Development Fund. This framework is required by EU regulation. The document:

  • sets out the main priorities for investment
  • lists other policies and programmes that support businesses to invest in innovation
  • helps Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and their partners to identify opportunities and collaborate across England and beyond
  • helps align the activities of European Structural Investment Fund with other research and innovation programmes
Published 23 July 2014
Last updated 19 June 2015 + show all updates
  1. Finalised version published.
  2. First published.