Memorandum of Understanding with CSJU

To enhance the cooperation with Member States and Regions, as well as to facilitate the synergies with ESIF, CSJU provides an annotated model MoU, which can be adapted with no limitation to any MS/Region specificity or policy. Through the MoUs, the CSJU incentivise its use by the relevant MS/Regional Authority in charge of ESIF and other public funding. CSJU schedules bilateral meetings with Regions or States (Managing Authorities) to exchange views about Regional capabilities, RIS3, explore synergies and ways to complement and leverage Clean Sky technical content with further/parallel actions co-funded by ESIF at national/regional level. The Managing Authorities can also play a crucial role to create the necessary “incentive effect” and encourage their stakeholders to propose activities linking to CS.

The MoU contains notes and indications to the MS/Region, a simple and effective tool to agree in cooperation and make things start quickly. A summary of the MoU content is the following: 

  • Commitment to work together, to explore and identify synergies through its respective Programmes and mechanisms
  • Indicate the MS/Region policy framework to support R&I or aeronautics in particular. It’s not necessary that the RIS3 mentions aeronautics as priority, a link could be made with a correlated areas (R&I, transport, mobility, materials, CO2 reduction etc.)
  • Indicate the ESIF instruments/funding schemes under the OP which will be devoted to stimulate synergies. It can be a general R&I call but with implementation modalities to stimulate synergies, or a specific call in aeronautics or a call with thematic areas. Some MS/Regions have also envisaged a specific action devoted to support projects in synergies with H2020 or specifically with JTIs
  • Involve the JU in regional WG on RIS3 and any specific one on R&I/aeronautics if existing to exchange on regional capabilities and policy priorities
  • Agree to enter a pilot phase to stimulate synergies with an interim evaluation. The imminent target is to achieve concrete pilots and show results
  • Establish a Working Group composed by the Region, JU representatives and stakeholders representatives as appropriate to implement the tasks under the MoU and agree implementation modalities at regional calls levels
  • Exchange of information and on some communication aspects about synergies and the cooperation under the MoU
  • Participation to events organized by the two organizations.

The signing of MoUs with these MS/Regions aims to set the scene and agree the general framework of cooperation without trying to get into details. However, the signature of a MoU does not constitute an essential condition for developing synergies with CSJU neither confers any sort of competitive advantage in the calls launched by the CSJU to any regional stakeholder.


In this regards, five (5) scenarios identified for driving the appropriate mechanisms for cooperation, to be adapted to the regional funding schemes envisaged under the OPs, rules and processes while keeping the CS Programme/calls in conformity with its own rules:

  1. Upstream support

ESIF support for developing capabilities/skills/infrastructures of its local stakeholders in view of planned participation to Clean Sky calls.

  1. Parallel funding

Applicant to Clean Sky calls proposing in parallel a separate set of “complementary activities” which will be evaluated and may be granted a “synergy label”. Applicable to the Clean Sky call for proposals.

  1. Sequential funding / downstream support

Clean Sky beneficiaries proposing a continuation / spin-off / amplification of their projects 

  1. Thematic approach

ESIF support to complement Clean Sky Programme through definition in line with RIS3 priorities of appropriate R&I themes/topics not addressed in Clean Sky but contributing to its overall objectives.

  1. “Seal of Excellence” type – “CSJU Synergy Label” 

If technically appropriate, top ranked proposals in a Clean Sky Call (highly scored) could be supported by Clean Sky with a synergy label for a separate, parallel ESIF funding. 


Common feature to scenarios 2, 3 and 5 is the “Clean Sky labelwhich may be given to the complementary activities proposed by either a successful applicant in a JU call or proposed by a JU beneficiary in course of implementation through a JU independent evaluation process. “Clean Sky label” can be an incentive effect and “guarantee of success” for MS/Regions to invest on projects, support actions, infrastructures, facilities in favor of well performed/running actions. This label may be considered (or not) by the relevant Region – for instance through extra points awarded to a CS-labelled bearer – or through the direct funding of the proposed project if its rules allow to do so.

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