Despite its strengths, the European Research and Innovation landscape has a lot of structural disparities, with research and innovation excellence concentrated in a few geographical zones. Among the causes are the insufficient critical mass of centres of science and excellence with sufficient competence to strategically engage countries and regions on a path towards innovative growth, building on newly developed capabilities.

This could help countries and regions that are lagging behind in terms of research and innovation performance to reclaim their competitive position in the global value chains. Teaming will address this challenge by creating or upgrading such centres of excellence, building partnerships between leading scientific institutions and low performing partners that display the willingness to collaborate for this purpose.