The objective of the specific programme Capacities is to enhance research and innovation capacities throughout Europe and ensure their optimal use. This specific programme also aims to support the coherent development of policies,
complement the Cooperation programme, contribute to EU policies and initiatives to improve the coherence and impact of Member States policies, find synergies with regional and cohesion policies, the Structural Funds, education and training programmes and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).

Capacities is divided into the following research themes:

Research Infrastructures

Research for the Benefit of SMEs

Regions of Knowledge

Research Potential

Science in Society

Coherent Development of Research Policies

International Cooperations (INCO)