Increasing the cooperation between companies and knowledge institution to create, develop and market new innovative products and services in 9 priority areas S3
Expenditure on R&D and human resources in science and technology occupations in Slovenia in relatively high, however a number of innovation outcomes are low as indicated by a low number of patents, trademarks, service’s share of business R&D and a low number of innovative companies. The purpose of the instrument is in the areas where Slovenia has recognized comparative and competitive advantages to promote knowledge-based development and better cooperation within the research community and industry with the aim of diversifying into new technologies, products and services (the creation of startup, spinoff, spinouts, splitoff companies and diversification of production in existing enterprises) and, consequently, the creation of jobs with higher added value.The cooperation between stakeholders in SRIPs is built on: coordination of R&D activities, sharing of capacities, development of human resources, exchange of knowledge and experience,
networking and collective representation of interest abroad, with SMEs and knowledge institutions as main stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Resources needed

10.000.000 EUR for the initial call to set-up 9 SRIPs, 5 people working full-time

Evidence of success

Each of the nine areas of application witnessed an establishment of one partnership by the end of 2016 following a spontaneous, not policy-driven bottom-up initiative, recognising the need for cooperation and integration. The initiative also included an agreement on coordinators of SRIPs (=clusters). More than 400 companies and 100+ knowledge institutions joined the initiative, and as partnerships are open, other actors will join them in the future through the strategic roadmaps prepared.

Difficulties encountered

The biggest challenge was to promote the objective of SRIPs to companies, SMEs and knowledge institution and to create a trust from them in order to create and develop nine strong partnerships that have a good representation among companies and knowledge institutions nationwide.

Potential for learning or transfer

The SRIPs represent a good example of how to develop a hub of knowledge, expertise, skills and industry, in this case for each of the nine priority areas in the smart specialisation strategy defined in Slovenia.
Its collaboration and governance models allow the direct involvement and cooperation of companies and knowledge institutions in defining sectorial strategies as well as specific projects where to implement them. Their scope also allows those collaborations to trespass the Slovenian context and to integrate the projects into transnational and international value chains.
The SRIPs become a tool for defining but also implementing the S3 strategy (as a learning-by-doing process close to the EDP concept) not only in Slovenia but also in the EU and international innovation, competitiveness and development frameworks.
As a reference they can be replicated in any S3 context with active or growing presence and cooperation of public and private stakeholders.

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Main institution
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Vzhodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija)
Start Date
January 2014
End Date
December 2016


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