What does exploitation and coordination mean in practice?


When planning project activities it is important to focus these on the exploitation of existing outputs and results. This means that:

  • Proposals could aim at downstreaming of outputs and results, i.e. they should focus on the implementation of tools and pilot actions
  • Proposals could aim at upstreaming, i.e. they should focus on the implementation of strategies and action plans.
  • Preparatory activities and deliverables such as studies or analyses should be limited. If foreseen in a proposal it has to be demonstrated clearly why they are necessary for the exploitation of already existing outputs and results.
  • Communication activities have to contribute to the exploitation of outputs and results but shall not be the main focus of a proposal.

When planning activities, projects have to apply a result-oriented approach. They have to define expected results (i.e. desired changes) and explain how this is linked to the addressed territorial challenges and needs.

With their activities, projects should also tackle those factors that have so far limited the full exploitation of existing outputs and results. Projects should contribute to closing the gap between outputs and results already obtained (within a given thematic field) and their uptake into policies or further deployment in central European regions.