The first priority axis of the Interreg Europe programme is dedicated to innovation policies, in particular to Regional Strategies for Smart Specialisation. Out of 66 projects conditionally approved in the second call, 19, or almost 30%, target research, technological development and innovation. Together with the projects accepted in the first call, this brings the total amount of members of the Research and Innovation Policy Learning Platform to 40 projects.

The Research and Innovation Policy Learning Platform started to analyse the 21 projects from the first call. Experts divided them in five different groups, so that partners and key players can easily identify common themes, challenges, and opportunities for sharing and co-developing better policies and measures.

All of the 21 projects highlight the importance of Smart Specialisation Strategies and the role of such strategy to leverage on innovation to sustain competitiveness.


The analysis highlighted:

  • A tendency to concentrate on research and development support. Only 10% of the projects deal with downstream activities connected to the use/exploitation of research and development results (how to bring research and development to the market)

  • A focus on public intervention per se, less than 1/5th of the projects tackle the challenge of how to better engage private resources and public private partnerships

  • The need for integration and synergies, 10% of the projects leverage on current initiatives dealing with interregional cooperation and multi-level governance for supporting clusters and regional eco-systems

Fuelling effective innovation ecosystems can improve transfer of knowledge and the use of research and development results. The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is here to stimulate exchange of practices, participants are encouraged to learn from each other and contribute to the overall learning process.

Your input to shape the Platform support is highly appreciated. Please contact Andrea Di Anselmo, Thematic Manager - Research and Innovation, [email protected] to learn more about the Research and Innovation Platform and its services, and to contribute.

More details on the projects from the first call can be found on the Interreg Europe website.

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