The BRIDGES project publication tells the story of an Interreg Europe project, with a perspective into the knowledge (Evolutionary School of Economic Geography), policy (Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), the 1st Programme of Centres of Expertise in Finland (1st OSKE programme) and regional contexts (Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies (MAs & IBs) that made the project possible in the first place and provided the required depth for delivering results.

The BRIDGES project added value is in the

  1. Concrete, tangible outputs: new products that have resulted from research-business partnerships. We feel that concrete results, results that regions can experience directly are very important for introducing good practices and new solutions. In the BRIDGES project, we were committed in diffusing project finding to what we called 'the ground level'. 
  2. Enabling outputs: policy improvements integrating the lessons learnt through the project and mainstreaming the relevant, successful aspects of the research-to-business partnerships. The BRIDGES project would not be able to implement without the policy instrument adjustments that partner regions made.
  3. Conceptual contributions: solutions implementing research-to-business objectives and tools for win-win cooperation schemes between advanced and less advanced regions. It advances the argument that such co-operations can contribute to advanced regions’ RIS3 economies of scale through growth and diversification; while they can contribute to less advanced regions’ RIS3 economies of scope, through specialisation and growth. In this process, innovation infrastructures such as industry-led centres of competence (CCs) and research & technology transfer organisations (RTOs) are essential for their specialised knowledge flows and methodological know how. Thus, it contributes to concretising operational and tactical aspects of the regions’ RIS3.

The main findings of the BRIDGES project, to take with us, as the core learning results,  are summarised in two slides, available here

The BRIDGES project publication will be available in printed version. This information will be accordingly updated.