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Project summary EMPOWER (More carbon reduction by dynamically monitoring energy efficiency) works on the exchange of good practices on dynamically monitoring energy efficiency in buildings, with special focus on the use of innovative financial instruments, in order to achieve more carbon reduction and to improve low-carbon economy policies. The project’s main objective is to reduce carbon emissions from buildings, particularly in medium-sized schemes, while also supporting jobs and growth in the local economy. We will improve regional policies by: Analysing partners’ plans through peer review. Identifying good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans. Developing cost-effective energy monitoring systems and using these in existing buildings and to attract private investment. Building the capacity of all relevant public authorities including ERDF Managing Authorities. The project’s main outputs will benefit the building users, key decision-makers, SMEs working in energy, investors. They are: New projects that innovate by applying cost-effective energy monitoring to reduce energy demand, using new technology. Improved governance between different levels of government, using the plan–do-act-check principle and providing quality data to attract and reassure commercial investors EMPOWER brings together 9 project partners from 9 countries (Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, France, Poland and Spain) €2,013,101.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Low-carbon economy What will EMPOWER change? Empower will improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes. It will reduce carbon emissions from buildings in the participating regions for 10 % by 2021 by improving the 9 policy instruments addressed by the project. Empower will implement investment, organisational and optimisation measures in the participating cities and developed at least 2 cost effective energy monitoring systems. Partners will demonstrate that good energy management is a part of good governance. Monitored savings will reassure financial institutions about the rewards of long term energy management investment. Through the planned capacity building actions, all project partners and their stakeholders will improve their knowledge and deliver a higher-than-trend rate of carbon reduction. The key decision makers for the production of the partner's Regional Action Plans in the cooperation with the Operational Programmes Managing Authorities will play a crucial role in the durability of the project results. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? OP for the Implementation of EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020. Thematic Objective 4: Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. Main features of this policy instrument The target of a 20 % improvement in energy efficiency must be achieved by 2020 in accordance with Directive 2012/27/EU. It requires that each Member State ensures that 3 % of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by its central government is renovated each year. The TO4 of the Operational Progremme (OP) pointed out that the renovation of these buildings will be supported as a priority. In particular, the OP investment priority in which the policy instrument is focused is: supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and in the housing sector. Why it should be improved? In the lifetime of the buildings (new or renovated) many conditions occur that influence energy use and CO2 emissions. To sustain planned or achieved energy savings and CO2 reductions good monitoring and management system using ICT tools and processes based on the principle of plan–do-act-check should be used continuously. Many of them are available on the market but not all optimal for specific buildings. At the same time financial savings are good opportunity to payback investments. So called energy contracting and public private partnerships need financial mechanisms for energy refurbishment projects. Combination of different financial resources (EU funds, banks, private investors) will allow at least 4 times more investments than planned only in Cohesion fund. Which partners are working on this? Energy Agency of Podravje – Institution for Sustainable Energy Use ROP Lisboa 2020, Thematic Objective 4: “Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors”. Main features of this policy instrument: The specific Investment Priority identified by the policy instrument is the 4c “Support for energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including in public buildings and in the housing sector”. IP4c has the objective of promotion of energy efficiency in two ways: public sector and social housingIntegrated investments in energy efficiency in public infrastructure and public lighting. Investments in energy rehabilitation of social housing buildings. Investments in energy production technologies from RES for self-consumption. Awareness-raising actions to improve the energy performance of dwellings in social housingWhy it should be improved?Although IP4c addresses energy efficiency and subsequent reduction of carbon emissions from public infrastructures, there are no specific mention to innovative actions like the use of ICT tools for energy management and monitoring, which could be of great interest to public authorities. Almada manages a total of 260 residential buildings (2250 dwellings - social housing) and roughly 50 services buildings and 40 primary schools. Monitoring real energy consumption and above all comfort parameters is crucial to evaluate effectiveness of the interventions. Being able to quantify the services provided by the building is essential: increased comfort is not properly evaluated in financing programs and it is the most important benefit in social houses. Which partners are working on this? Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, AGENEAL Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. Priority 4(c) - “Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and in the housing sector”. Main features of this policy instrument Scheme 1 under Priority 4(c) “Apartments”, where the policy instrument identifies that 2,000 apartments are located in large flat complexes in Dublin city, these 5 story maisonettes do not meet new building standards of energy efficiency and require a substantial energy retrofit to address this as well as renewable energy use, condensation risk. Flat complexes, albeit on a smaller scale, have also been identified in the cities of Cork and Limerick which have similar deficiencies in terms of thermal performance and comfort levels and will be subject to similar thermal improvement works. The Operational Programme aims to provide funding for energy retrofitting of up to 2,000 thermally deficient and older social housing units and facilitate a transition to renewable energy use in public housing through the implementation of a number of pilot projects. Installation and design of energy efficiency retrofit works will be performed to National Building Regulations and Legislations. Why it should be improved? A principal objective of the Social Housing Retrofitting is to meet Ireland’s commitments in relation to CO2 reduction targets for 2020. Although the Policy instrument is concerned with carry out the physical retrofitting, EMPOWER will be in addition to the physical work, it will identify good practices in the use of ICT systems for energy management and developing specifications for ICT applications which will enhance the overarching objective to reduce carbon emissions. Which partners are working on this? Southern Regional Assembly Tuscany ROP ERDF (Operational programme for EU Structural Funds – Investment for Growth and Jobs) 2014/2020 TO 4 “Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy in all sectors”. Main features of this policy instrument In order to improve a territorial situation related to the poor energy efficiency of existing public buildings with energy consumption of 160 kWh / sqm (e.g. schools), (residential and non-residential), a specific investment priority in the OP was addressed: support to energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and renewable energies in public infrastructure and buildings, and in the housing sector. In order to do this The following measures have been taken into account:refurbishment of individual buildings or groups of buildings, use of smart remote control systems and of an energy management system, monitoring and optimization of energy consumption (smart buildings) and polluting emissions according to EU’s climate policy, even with the use of technological mixSystems for self- consumption could be also installed where they could be functional and useful to increase the energy efficiency of the intervention renewable energy production. Why it should be improved? Regional authorities are facing the challenge of planning and implementing the sustainable energy transition for their territory. A reduction of energy saving is necessary because it will reduce costs, carbon emissions and risks. By reducing the demand for energy and by controlling it to make it more predictable. A concrete regional action plan implementation will improve the design of the policy instrument addressed. Which partners are working on this? Regional Agency for Waste & Resource Management (ARRR SpA) (until 31-Dec-18: Florentine Energy Agency) ERDF OP of Brittany 2014-2020. TO 4: Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors. The policy instrument is focused on the Priority Axis N 3 – Sustain Energy and ecological transition in Brittany, Specific objective 3.2 – Reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings in Brittany and it targets:The refurbishment of social housing within regional climate and energy policies, prioritising dwellings with electric heating and a consumption greater than 330 kWh/m2/year. Works shall include thermal insulation and the expected consumption reduction has to exceed 40 %. Innovative projects in terms of intelligent buildings and districts integrating renewable energiesPlanned use of financial instrumentsIn addition, and given the local characteristics of human settlements in Brittany - strongly based on private ownership - targeted actions will more specifically address the private residential housing. Actions addressing shared ownership through financial engineering shall be privileged. Lorient already experiences crowdfunding in RES and looks actively into implementing the various possible financial instruments (e.g. French State Investments for the Future, Eco-Zero Interest Loans, "pay as you save" PPP based mechanisms, etc. The improvement of the policy regards monitoring tools, target values and procedures as well as bio-sourced insulation material. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Lorient Action Plan for Regional Environment Objectives in the County of Kalmar 2014 – 2020. Thematic Area – Climate Main features of this policy instrument The policy document implements 45 regional objectives that supplement 16 environmental quality objectives and 1 horizontal objective adopted by the Swedish Parliament, describing the quality and state of the Swedish environment in the long term. 98 actions are described to achieve the objectives, where of 15 refers to climate actions. The specific strategic action addressed is: 5. Capacity building for increase the knowledge in sustainable building and to contribute to an energy efficient society. This will be done:by forming a regional supporting network for municipalities and construction companies with the aim of increasing the skills of energy performance by supporting the municipalities in the process of developing energy efficient buildings with ICT energy management Why it should be improved? By improving the policy document it will facilitate the process of the municipalities and companies in the region to boost up the speed of the energy efficient work and to reduce the carbon emissions from buildings. By gaining experience from best practice within the region, outside the region and transnational experiences. The usage of ICT systems for energy management is overlooked in the policy document. The collaboration and knowledge exchange between the local and regional authorities, as owners and managers of real estates with large potential of EE by energy management systems, shall be improved. Which partners are working on this? Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden Regional Operational Programme (ROP) of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship for the years 2014-2020, Priority Axis IV – The shift towards a low-carbon economy, Measure 4.2 Energy efficiency. Main features of this policy instrument Priority: support of energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and renewable energy sources utilization in public and residential buildings. The policy instrument promotes projects dealing with: renovation of public utility buildings (along with housing stock);construction and modernization of cogeneration units producing electricity and heat.Financial support will be channelled into residential (multi-tenant houses) and public sector since both generate, statistically, enormous energy consumption. The policy supports activities aiming at the highest energy efficiency within the projects, leading to complex renovation of buildings.  Why it should be improved? The policy instrument refers mostly to general improvement of energy performance in the public utility buildings aiming at effectiveness of investment – balancing energy and financial aspects. The first step towards improving energy efficiency of existing buildings is to perform an energy audit with particular attention to the assessment of the energy performance of the building envelope and technical infrastructure. Energy auditing and Monitoring is an essential part of a comprehensive facility management process but not addressed in the policy concerned. EMPOWER might develop solutions for increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in public infrastructures with the use of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) method and available ICT tools. Which partners are working on this? Mazovia Energy Agency (MAE) ERDF OP of Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020. Priority Axis 3, Thematic Objective 4, Investment priority 4c: “STARK III plus EFRE” directive STARK III plus EFRE objective is to enhance the energy efficiency & CO2 balance of public buildings in Saxony-Anhalt. The directive finances energy refurbishment of public buildings (educational buildings, sports & cultural facilities) with a high potential of reducing CO2 emissions & energy consumption. The energy savings obtained improve the economic efficiency of the public building stock. STARK III plus provides a total funding of around 365 Mio EUR (241 Mio. ERDF) in the OP ERDF 2014-2020. Funding rate is 70 %. In addition to the grant funded through STARK III plus, the directive offers a loan, free of interest, for the remaining 30 % own contribution by IB-LSA. The STARK III plus directive asks for regular monitoring of CO2 reduction as part of the annual progress report on energy &carbon savings of every building refurbished. Nevertheless the existing monitoring does not provide sufficient information for the calculation of payback. Two factors important for achieving potential savings are not explicitly being tackled by the directive so far. Behaviour of users of buildings & the capacity of facility managers to handle the new technology. The original idea of the loan scheme was that it should be paid back through the savings realized during 10 years after completion of works. Experience from STARK III (2007-2013) shows that savings are probably not enough to pay back the full amount of the loan Which partners are working on this? Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt CANTABRIA ERDF-OP 2014-2020 –Thematic objective 4: supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. Main features of this policy instrument The main purpose of the programme is to foster employment creation in sectors of high added value by improving the competitiveness of the regional economy. The specific objective of the policy instrument is 4.3.1. “Improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in buildings and infrastructures and public services”. The expected RESULTS are “Transforming public buildings and residential character of Cantabria referents in energy efficiency and sustainability”.The implementation of these measures will reduce final energy consumption in public infrastructure in 2000 ktoe /year. The Specific Needs in Cantabria refer to:Improve public awareness on energy consumption and support the refurbishment of public/private infrastructures.Increase residential energy savings and reduce waste production and high consumption of water per capita. Convenience of introducing energy management systems and certification in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and housing.Why it should be improved? A principal objective of the OP is to address the economic, environmental and social challenges identified in Cantabria, consistent with the strategies for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Although the Policy instrument is concerned with carry out the physical retrofitting, the EMPOWER project will be in addition to the physical work, identifying good practices in the use of ICT systems for energy management Which partners are working on this? Santander City Council EMPOWER Newsletter 8 Find out more EMPOWER Newsletter 7 Find out more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); EMPOWER Tweets by EMPOWER Latest News See all project news 05/11/2020 The 8th edition of Empower Newsletter is final HERE! In this edition you will find information about EMPOWER’s activities over the past months despite the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Type: Project 12/10/2020 Implementation of RAP for Tuscany_ARRR The purpose of RAP for Tuscany is to improve monitoring systems and funding through the project Empower. Type: Project 17/09/2020 The preparation of launching the pilot is ongoing The work to implement the pilot Eye2Eye has started. Type: Project 14/09/2020 "Let's make carbon neutral regions happen" Invitation to Q&A session "Let's make carbon neutral regions happen" at this 2020 edition of the EU Week of Regions and Cities Type: Project 01/09/2020 ENERGAP RAP Implementation ENERGAP RAP seeks to improve the governance of municipal energy policy and to implement pilot project for social houses to tackle the energy poverty. Type: Project 18/08/2020 Implementation of EASS RAP Implementation of Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden Regional Action Plan Type: Project 06/08/2020 Implementation of AGENEAL RAP Progress achieved & next steps Type: Project 06/08/2020 Implementation of SRA RAP Getting Started – Installation of Energy Monitoring Equipment Type: Project 06/08/2020 Implementation of MAE RAP Coronavirus and changed local governments priorities Type: Project 06/08/2020 Implementation of SANTANDER RAP Progress achieved & next steps Type: Project
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Project summary Medical technologies are a key sector for the future in Europe by bringing solutions to reduce healthcare costs in a context of ageing population. With the emergence of new and cross-sectoral technologies, it is one of the most innovative high-tech sectors which faces a strong world competition requiring each time more innovation.  In this context, public authorities at regional level need to contribute to strengthen the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) ecosystem in favour of innovative medical technology industry in generating economic growth, creating jobs and providing solutions for patients and healthcare systems in the regions. Objective Our objective is to improve public policies in favour of RDI facilities to be more adapted to the specificities of the medtech sector. Main activities and outputs State of play of the medtech sector in each partner’s region; Joint cross analysis; Self assessment of regional policies, benchmarking of regional innovation ecosystems, mapping of excellence domains; Study visits and workshops; Local Action Plans. Expected results Thanks to the exchange of experience between regions and identification of best practices, the partners will be able to implement new solutions to improve their regional policies, in particular: Strengthen the innovation ecosystem for the medtech sector; Develop business models of RDI infrastructures giving better access to SME’s; Implement new RDI interregional projects with the identification of complementary excellence domains between regions. €1,716,495.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional operational programme Rhône-Alpes ERDF - ESF 2014-2020 The 1st priority axis of the Rhône-Alpes ERDF OP focuses on innovation to tackle the main societal issues. Through the specific objective 1.1 (related to the IP 1.A), it supports the increase of research offer and development of innovation for companies in the fields of smart specialisation by settling or reinforcing technological and innovation infrastructures (technological facilities, test means…) and associated skills and services dedicated to achieve RDI projects of regional SMEs (technological readiness level 3 to 6). The OP supports the reinforcement of knowledge production in the 7 domains of smart specialisation of the regional S3 among which the personalised health. It enhances projects collaboration between public research institutions and industrial sectors. A call for proposal has been settled to that end by financing RD equipment acquisitions, technological skills (human resources, technical knowledge, patents…), external expertise, dissemination actions. Despite strong involvement of the regional authorities, SMEs of the medtech sector still keep away from RDI facilities. The sector is composed of numerous small firms operating in various domains. RDI facilities exist but they are highly specialised and do not cover all the topics. The addressed policy instrument has to be improved to create better conditions to adapt the RDI ecosystem and facilities to the specificities of medtech sector by encouraging cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approaches. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region ERDF Operational Programme South Netherlands 2014-2020 Priorities of the ERDF OP South Netherlands are based on the RIS3 South: to further develop and become a top economic world class region. To reach that goal, one of the clusters of national importance to foster is the Life Sciences and Health Cluster. Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus (BMHC) is an ambitious development in a triple helix context for which investments in high end, top excellence R&D Infrastructures have been decided to contribute to have a whole value chain for medtech. BMHC aims to accelerate the excellence growth of its life science tenants as R&D institutes and industry. The focus lies on entrepreneurial environment within a research and clinical climate. The campus infrastructures encourage collaboration among the tenants. Shared buildings support open innovation, knowledge sharing and cross over activities. Goals within the RIS3 are declined into programme for Life Science and Health South Netherlands and a biomedical materials and regenerative medicine roadmap. It is the basis for the implementation of relevant project in the OP. The process will carry on with inputs from European best practices to reach excellence. Priorities concerned: P1B1, strengthening and broadening open innovation system in cross overs between national and international top clusters, aiming at a larger SME participation / P1B2, strengthening the valorisation potential of SMEs within national and international top clusters to contribute to the solution of societal challenges. Which partners are working on this? Province of Limburg Gazdaságfejlesztési és Innovációs Operatív Program Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP) Objective: EDIOP intends to support strengthening of research and innovation capacities to reach European level, and especially in those scientific domains, where international excellence based cooperation is intensive (as in medical technologies). Main prerequisite of the above actions is to be in direct linkage with national S3 strategy. Characteristics: as an ERDF co-financed programme, in framework of international excellence based initiatives and programmes the Hungarian presence is to be made more intensive.This cooperation serves system based research, intelligent manufacturing and sustainable society, especially in research field of healthy society and well being where medical technology actions belong to. The focus is also very much on European exchange and transfer of medical technology solutions. Eligible beneficiaries are research-innovation organisations and enterprises. Priority concerned: 2nd priority “Research, technology development and innovation”, 3rd specific objective “Strengthening research and innovation capacities for international excellence”. Eligible actions focus on knowledge triangle made up of education, research and innovation for joining relevant international excellence based cooperation within Horizon 2020 and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programmes, in accordance with NS3 objectives. Reasons for improvement: low level of organizational excellence in Hungary by taking part in medtech sector focused ETC projects should be increased. Which partners are working on this? South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd Regional Growth and Development Strategy for the Capital Region of Denmark The objective of the strategy is to create a green and innovative metropolis with high growth and quality of life, to be achieved through targeted investment within 4 sectors. The policy instrument has a budget used to fund initiatives to assure the Capital Region (CR) will reach those goals. One of the main goals is to strengthen the position of the region within health research and innovation. CR has a strong international position in the field of health, but there is still a need to develop even stronger public-private innovation, further knowledge and talent and more public-private partnerships. It is in extension to this process, that CR wish to join the project, in order to strengthen regional, national and global collaboration between top universities, leading research institutions, care organisations, and healthcare companies and ensure that development of the policy instrument supports even better infrastructure and ecosystems for these stakeholders. The IP is within the Growth Area: Health and welfare technology growth. Reasons why the policy instrument needs improvements are: 1. The policy instrument did not manage to scale-up or implement enough of R&D actions. RDI infrastructures and facilities are central in resolving some issues and barriers present in the implementation and scale-up process. 2. Increased collaboration and a better understanding of methods and processes, both within internal and external partnerships revolving around the RDI infrastructure. Which partners are working on this? The Capital Region of Denmark Regional Operational Programme for Śląskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 The ROP (in link with the Regional Innovation Strategy, Technology Development Programme 2010-2020) depicts Silesia’s specialisations. It indicates the involvement of both the region and the innovative communities in development of selected science branches, enabling global market advantage or technological advancement of fields and sectors of economy of Silesia. RIS3 (Priority 1. Increase internal integration of the region’s innovative potential / Strategic objective: Supporting change in innovative communities strongly cooperating with knowledge and information production centres on a global scale) is complementary to these arrangements. It uses attainments of the to-date programming and from the angle of Silesia innovative development strategic challenges and thematic issues, on which the region should strive to concentrate business actors, academic circles, NGOs and local authorities. 2 technological specialisation fields are identified: medical technologies / ICT. ROP Thematic priority: T 01 - research and innovation. Priority concerned: 1a - Improving RDI infrastructure The 3 identified improvements of the ROP are: - more support to applied research at university and non-university research centres - increase stimulation of knowledge and technology transfer between science and industry - more internal RDI in firms Which partners are working on this? Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship and development Ltd. (GAPR) Smart Specialisation in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region – Research and Innovation Strategy for Regional Development 2014–2020 (referred as HUR RIS3) which is part of the Sustainable growth and jobs 20142020 – Finland's structural funds programme 2014FI16M2OP001, Subprogramme for Helsinki – Uusimaa. The priorities of the RIS3 in Helsinki-Uusimaa are determined by the spearhead industries, key enabling technologies and cross-cutting theme of well-being solutions enabled by digitalisation. The RIS3 priorities of HUR are Urban Cleantech, Human Health Tech, Welfare City, Digitalizing industry and Smart citizen. The HUR RIS3 aims at better focused financial and project complexes with better utilisation of policies and financial instruments. The goal is to create significant improvements in the region's business environment and prerequisites for innovation ecosystems. Improving international co-operation in a small country requires that activities are scaled up in order to create critical mass around the spearhead industries. The specific objective is to develop the medical technology sector of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region into a truly competitive international innovation cluster and a pioneer capable of creating the conditions for employment to increase in the region and the whole of Finland. This requires that the innovation activities implementing though HUR RIS3 must be systemical, the quality must be improved, the main processes need to be commercialised and the region's innovation activities must be scaled up. The innovation ecosystem in the field of medical technologies needs to be strengthen trough European level partnerships and projects, exchange of best practices and capacity building and by developing R&I excellence. Which partners are working on this? Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Lombardy Regional Operational Programme (ROP) ERDF 2014-2020 ERDF ROP provides nearly 1 billion € investment with the priority objectives of Region’s economic growth and social development and enhancement of its productive capabilities. It promotes smart, sustainable, inclusive growth model in line with the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting productivity and competitiveness of businesses and the economy of the Region. MEDTECH4EUROPE will act on ROP priority axis I «Strengthen technological research, development and innovation » PI:1B.2. Promote R&D investments among enterprises, establishing connection and synergies between firms, research centers and higher education institutes, supporting investments in products/services, technology transfer (...), support technological and applied research, pilot lines. RDI in the framework of RIS3 are the core element of the ROP. Targets of Priority axis I : Increase businesses innovative activity raising proportion of firms engaged in R&D in collaboration with outside bodies/ Strengthen regional and national systems for innovation by raising proportion of GDP on R&D overall/ Promote new markets for innovation optimizing public expenditure with more efficient services. But ROP does not take into account specific objectives related to accessibility and involvement of RDI facilities despite the 269 labs in Lombardy, which especially for MEDTECH area of innovation, are one of the main elements of the value chain of the MEDECH products. Which partners are working on this? Cluster Technologies for Living Environment -techforlife Policy instrument supporting research and development infrastructure in the medical technology sector Priorities of the policy instrument are based on the regional S3. The main objective is to maintain Baden-Württemberg's top position as one of the most innovative and economically strong regions in the EU. To reach that goal, expansion of research, technological development and innovation within the RIS3 priorities is a main objective. Health and care is one of the identified fields with high potential for innovation, growth, employment.The regional technology transfer (TT) system in BW is characterised by an effective cooperation between clusters, universities, regional development and innovation agencies, and chambers of commerce. This TT system is facing multiple challenges in connection to the strong global innovation competition, acceleration of innovation cycles and demographic issues. An economic dialog on TT in BW has been initiated to implement measures that will allow a quick transfer of scientific knowledge into economic value creation. The result has been a program divided in 4 fields of action. The adressed policy instrument refers to the 1st field "Improvement of research and transfer structures", more precisely "expansion of the close-to-economy R&D structure" and "provision of manufacturing services" such as transferfabs or living labs. By establishment and expansion of research infrastructures, is is intended to provide regional SMEs with additional research capacities. These should help to increase R&D staff in public research infrastructures. Which partners are working on this? Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH Tweets by Medtech4 Europe Latest News See all project news 22/04/2021 The Medtech4 Europe pilot action officially accepted The pilot action was officially approved by the Interreg Europe monitoring committee on 5 April 2021. Type: Project 18/03/2021 University-industry collaboration The Policy Learning Platform (PLP) organised its next research and innovation webinar on 11th March 2021 with the focus on university-industry collaboration. Type: Project 02/02/2021 What future for European Robotics? Robotics is important for EU economic growth and COVID-19 recovery. Type: Project 18/01/2021 Action Plan: Silesian Voivodeship The Action Plan for the Silesian Voivodeship Type: Project 03/12/2020 Action Plans in Medtech4 Europe project Medtech4 Europe project partners prepared local Action Plans until the end of the first phase. In the next two years, they will implement these operations. Type: Project 30/11/2020 Medtech4 Europe brochure Medtech4 Europe project brochure Type: Project 23/11/2020 We reached the end of Phase 1 The Medtech4 Europe Interreg Europe program will complete its first phase in November 2020 after two and a half years. Type: Project 16/11/2020 Overview of the results The project started on 1 June 2018, and ends on 30 November 2022. The Phase 1 of the project is 2,5 years long, ends on 30 November 2020. Type: Project 20/10/2020 Strategic use of public procurement The focus of the event was the use of innovation procurement strategies in the digital economy, the study on the topic and the presentation of its results. Type: Project 12/10/2020 Useful hints for designing action plans On 22 September 2020, the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Europe Programme held a webinar on how to design and implement action plans. Type: Project
In the Library section you can find all the key materials from our project including materials from interregional partner meetings and study visits, reports of the key studies, press releases, project newsletters etc. 4th Joint Workshop... 15/04/2021 Materials for the 4th Joint Workshop held online on the 26th of April 2021. Type: Project 1st Partner meeting & Study... 25/02/2020 Materials from the partner meeting and first study visit in East-Flanders. Type: Project Policy Assessments 29/05/2020 From this folder you can find policy assessment reports from each partner. Type: Project Regional Analysis of Food... 01/06/2020 Analysis of each partner region's food and drink industries. Type: Project FRIDGE Newsletters 16/09/2020 In this folder you can find all the project newsletters. Type: Project Results from studies 16/09/2020 Here you can find reports from the studies carried out in the project. Type: Project 3rd Joint Workshop (Market... 12/11/2020 Materials for the 3rd FRIDGE Joint Workshop focusing on market reach Type: Project Press Releases 05/05/2021 From this folder you can find the English press releases. Type: Project See all Library Items 4th Joint Workshop (Productivity and investments) Copy Link Agenda for 4th FRIDGE Joint Workshop Agenda and practical info of the 4th Joint Workshop with focus on productivity and investment. PDF (289.40KB) Download Presentation_Amyndeon Oenos Wine Cluster Presentation of Amyndeon Oenos Wine Cluster by Mr. Kostas Nikou from Western Macedonia, Greece. PDF (1.15MB) Download Presentation_EDIOP Support programme for food SMEs Presentation of the EDIOP Support scheme for food SMEs by Balazs Kiss from Tolna County, Hungary. PDF (1.13MB) Download Presentation_Genussacademie Bayern Presentation of the Genussacademie Bayern by Mr. Christopher Scheler from Bayern, Germany. PDF (2.53MB) Download Presentation_Food SME development project Presentation of the Food SME Development project carried out in South Ostrbothnia, Finland. PDF (863.69KB) Download Presentation_Butcher's Hall Presentation of the public-private cooperation to promote regional products in the Butchers' Hall in Gent, Belgium by Sarah Levecque. PDF (2.95MB) Download BENEDEK - meat processing SME from HarghitaMr. Zoltán Kovács, the director of BENEDEK introduces the story and values of the company. CSENGŐ Agricultural Cooperative from HarghitaMr. Zoltán Gál, the executive director of the Milk Manufacturing Unit located in Szépviz, presents the CSENGŐ Agricultural Cooperative. SILVIMEX bakery in Harghita CountyMr. József Egyed, the owner and executive director at the Silimex KFT introduces the bakery and it’s story as producer of home-made artisan bread. 1st Partner meeting & Study Visit in East Flanders Copy Link Video Clip Visit at Food Pilot Policy Assessments Copy Link 01_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from the county of Tolna, Hungary. PDF (929.06KB) Download 02_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from the county of Harghita, Romania. PDF (0.96MB) Download 03_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from Bavaria region, Germany. PDF (889.46KB) Download 04_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from the region of South Ostrobothnia, Finland. PDF (936.97KB) Download 05_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from the region of Western Macedonia, Greece. PDF (565.69KB) Download 06_Policy Assessment Report Report on Policy Assessment from the region of East-Flanders, Belgium. PDF (296.00KB) Download Regional Analysis of Food Industries Copy Link 06_Regional Analysis of East-Flanders Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in East-Flanders, Belgium PDF (375.81KB) Download 01 Regional Analysis of Tolna County Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in Tolna County, Hungary PDF (479.29KB) Download 02_Regional Analysis of Harghita County Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in Harghita County, Romania PDF (357.40KB) Download 03_Regional Analysis of Bavaria region Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in Bavaria, Germany PDF (396.84KB) Download 04_Regional Analysis of South Ostrobothnia Region Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in South Ostrobothnia, Finland PDF (394.60KB) Download 05_Regional Analysis of Western Macedonia Regional Analysis of Food and Drink Industry in Western Macedonia, Greece PDF (351.63KB) Download FRIDGE Newsletters Copy Link 1st FRiDGE Newsletter The first FRiDGE newsletter was released in January 2020. PDF (507.93KB) Download 2nd FRIDGE Newsletter The 2nd FRIDGE newsletter covers project news from the 2nd semester. PDF (1.41MB) Download 3rd FRIDGE Newsletter The third FRIDGE Newsletter covers news from the third and fourth semesters. PDF (899.21KB) Download Results from studies Copy Link Comparative Examination The report examines the state of food industries, regional policies and territorial needs among the six FRIDGE partner regions. PDF (1.66MB) Download Report on SMEs Survey The report shows initial results of the survey made for SMEs in FRIDGE regions. PDF (1.02MB) Download Power point presentation of the SME Survey Results Power point presentation of the SME Survey results PDF (436.54KB) Download 3rd Joint Workshop (Market Reach) Copy Link Agenda for 3rd FRIDGE Joint Workshop The full agenda for the 2rd FRiDGE Join Workshop (online) with focus on market reach PDF (288.96KB) Download Food Province Label from South Ostrobothnia Good practice presentation of the Food Province Label from South Ostrobothnia PDF (1.11MB) Download Tasteful East-Flanders Good practice presentation of Tasteful East-Flanders from East-Flanders, Belgium PDF (4.39MB) Download SME Survey Results Presentations of the SME Survey Results PDF (436.54KB) Download Völgység Kincse Social Cooperative Presentation of Völgység Kincse Social Cooperative from Tolna County Hungary PDF (1.46MB) Download Trilogy of Platforms Good Practice presentation of the Trilogy of Platform from Bavaria, Germany PDF (2.95MB) Download Bavarian Food Cluster Good Practice Presentation of the Bavarian Food Cluster. PDF (3.71MB) Download The Szekler Product Trademark from Harghita Good Practice Presentation of the Szekler Product Trademark from Harghita, Romania PDF (669.24KB) Download The Agrifood Partnership of West Macedonia Good Practice Presentation of the Agrifood Partnership of West Macedonia, Greece. PDF (580.12KB) Download Press Releases Copy Link 02_Press Release_Study visit in East Flanders Press release from the study visit and partner meeting in East-Flanders in February 2020. PDF (2.69MB) Download 03_Press Release_The 3rd Joint Online Workshop Press Release of the 3rd Online Joint Workshop hosted by KErn. PDF (882.87KB) Download 04_Press Release_4th FRIDGE Online Joint Workshop The press release from the 4th online Joint Workshop hosted by Harghita County Council. 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Project News Sort results by Newest first Oldest first Local Action Plan Badajoz, Spain - Approved 26/04/2021 The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the Diputacion de Badajoz,... Type: Project Local Action Plan Gelderland, NL - Approved 18/03/2021 The Local Action Plan proposed by the Province of Gelderland, Netherlands,... Type: Project Local Action Plan & Pilot Action Romania - Approved 16/03/2021 The Local Action Plan and Pilot Action proposed by the National Institute for... Type: Project Local Action Plan Flanders, Belgium - Approved 11/03/2021 The Local Action Plan proposed by Hogeschool Gent for the region of Flanders... Type: Project Learning Report Study Visit Flanders 22/02/2021 The learning report of the online study visit to Flanders was published. Read... Type: Project More Resilient, Post-Pandemic Heritage 27/11/2020 Interviews with partners gave insights into the project impact as well as the... Type: Project Online Study Visit to Flanders 03/11/2020 Originally planned to take place in May 2020, a study visit to Flanders was... Type: Project Resilient Heritage, Cohesive Society Webinar 14/10/2020 Together with FINCH and SHARE projects, and OMC chair Innocastle organized a... Type: Project The Innocastle Mid-term Conference 25/09/2020 The Innocastle Mid-term Conference took place online on the 24th of September... Type: Project The Innocastle Baseline Survey 24/09/2020 The Innocastle Baseline Survey is published! Have a look at the identified... Type: Project Policy recommendations for rural estates in Europe 29/06/2020 As part of the Interreg Europe funded project Innocastle, a baseline survey has... Type: Project Webinar on Good practices from Flanders, Belgium 26/05/2020 The focus of the webinar was on local projects, and how they are connected with... Type: Project 1234 Next Sign up for the Innocastle newsletter Subscribe now Local Action Plan Flanders The first Local Action Plans have been validated. Read here the plan for Flanders proposing a cross-sectoral and participative approach to rural estates. Read the Local Action Plan for Flanders Local Action Plan Romania Romania proposes the improvement of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2021 - 2027 and the National Restoration Plan of Historic Monuments. Read the Local Action Plan for Romania Local Action Plan Gelderland The Province of Gelderland proposes an ambitious plan targeting climate change, regional tourism and spatial fragmentation. Read the Local Action Plan for Gelderland Local Action Plan Badajoz Diputacion de Badajoz proposes four actions and a pilot aimed at improving the ERDF Operational Program (2014-2020 and 2021-2027) in the region of Extremadura. Read the Local Action Plan for Badajoz (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Innocastle Tweets by Innocastle
Project summary                 MOMAr means providing strategic thinking to the use of cultural and natural resources, incorporating all the actors involved in its management and creating models of economic and social development and territorial sustainability with them all, fostering the rural areas identity without copying or moving models from other environments, but tailoring them. The project highlights the existence of territories with problems - depopulation, ageing, no use of resources- whose identity is however marked by a rich heritage, exceptional in some cases - UNESCO heritage - and whose management entities have either not finished defining their models of action in terms of cultural and natural resources or directly borrowed models that do not correspond to the territorial reality. MOMAr will serve to improve policies and programmes addressing heritage in rural territories, taking into account the peculiarities and cultural identities of places where rurality determinates a mode of action. The inhabitants -who maintain the territories alive- will be a central part of the strategies and new projects designed. Although since 1965 Europe has recognised that culture is a basic principle in the construction of a European identity based on individual identities, with few exceptions the most unpopulated rural territories in Europe have felt excluded from the programmes in force, due to their inability to address them from an appropriate perspective. Interreg Europe programme makes possible through MOMAr that a representation of rural territories with singular heritage to think strategically, with a common objective and through a interregional exchange work before addressing the design and execution of actions. It makes also possible to incorporate certain territories and their inhabitants into Europe. MOMAr represents, in summary, the need of rural territories for a specific management of cultural and natural resources impacting the inhabitants and improving their quality of life. €1,273,496.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Regional Operational Programme Aragon 2014-2020. Thematic Objective 6: Preservation and protection of environment and promotion of resource efficiency. Investment priority 6.c: Protection, promotion and development of the cultural and natural heritage. The ROP Aragon 2014-2020 gives answer to the main weaknesses that affect the economic and social development of the region. Investment Priority 6.c of the programme within the Thematic Objective 6 stands for the protection, promotion and development of the cultural and natural heritage. Specific objective SO6.3.1 concerns fostering the protection, promotion and development of the cultural heritage; SO6.3.2. stands for the protection, development and promotion of natural areas, particularly those of tourist interest. The province of Zaragoza forms together with those of Huesca and Teruel the Region of Aragon, characterised by an exceptional historical-cultural heritage integrated by all the tangible and intangible assets that present an anthropological, anthropogenic, historical, artistic, architectural, archaeological, paleontological, ethnological, scientific, linguistic, documentary, cinematographic or bibliographic interest besides a rich natural heritage. This richness and diversity is an opportunity to develop tourism and differentiate Aragon. Tourism based on cultural and natural heritage has growth potential, conservation, accessibility and risk prevention being faced simultaneously. MOMAr can contribute to widen and implement the objective of the TO by promoting the use of resources in a manner that goes beyond "tourism", through new projects and approaches in the local communities focusing on the management of heritage, on people and connected with daily life. Which partners are working on this? DPZ Provincial Government of Zaragoza Mehedinti County Development Strategy 2014-2020 Mehedinti County Development Strategy 2014-2020 aims to the improvement of the living standards of the county inhabitants and to increase the competitiveness of the county, it becoming thus in the long term, competitive and attractive for investments, capitalising local resources and developing a community capable to manage them efficiently and effectively. There are several priorities of the present County Strategy related to the objectives of MOMAr project. They are the following: - Priority 5: Increasing energy efficiency and protecting the environment. - Priority 6: Developing cultural and tourist identity at the Mehedinti county - Priority 7: Sustainable rural development and better use of resources in the rural environment - Priority 8: Promoting cross-border cooperation Mehedinti County comes across different difficulties to implement its Development Strategy in relation with the development of natural and cultural assets in terms of resources and specialisation in new models of development and management. In such scenario the MOMAr project offers the opportunity to Mehedinti county representatives to learn about sound and efficient management strategies for valorising the natural and cultural heritage in an integrated way, which can be applied to local heritage through the above mentioned priorities. Which partners are working on this? Territorial Administrative Unit Mehedinti County Integrated Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Czech Republic Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency Investment Priority 6c: Preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage The Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP) will improve public administration and public services in the Czech Republic, particularly in the areas of education, health care, social services, social inclusion, regional transport, urban development, and culture. The Thematic Objective and Investment Priority addressed deal with resource efficiency and specifically preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage. The current goal is, however, more aimed on restoration and preservation efforts, while the operational phase and managements issues are not much tackled. The improvement MOMAr project brings to the policy instrument addressed is to develop through it the important topic of heritage management, exploring through new projects management tailored alternatives for heritage resulting in the preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage, as the measures addressed aim at. Because of the gradual closing of the current programming period (2014-2020) it is also expected MOMAr to influence the planning of the policy instruments for the following period. The outputs of the project should be used at designing IROP priorities in the next programming period to better focus European funds regarding cultural and natural heritage. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia – RERA a.s. Groningen Provincial Programme Heritage, Spatial Quality, Identity and Lanscape (ERL) 2017-2027 As a consequence of demographic decline and the extraction of gas from the subsoil of Groningen, the province of Groningen has to deal with damaged and disappearing heritage. Groningen heritage includes the UNESCO World Heritage site of “de Waddenzee” (natural heritage), characteristic rural landscapes with monumental churches, monasteries, farms, landscape elements and structures of archaeological value. The aim of the programme "Heritage, Spatial Quality, Identity and Landscape" is to preserve, restore and develop Groningen identity by developing instruments and projects for preservation and sustainable management of heritage, to develope new heritage and guarding the spatial quality of the landscape. The policy covers 6 tracks: 1- Presenting the build heritage and landscape to residents and tourists. 2- Drafting the cultural-historical values and observing them in relevant policies, including spatial policy: Environmental Vision and Regulation, Municipal Zoning Plans, ‘Landscape Quality Guide’. 3- Introducing new qualities in the landscape while dealing with demographic decline, including transformation of monuments for new functions and careful design of the energy transition. 4- Future proof policies, financing and forms of cooperation. 5- Pilot and demonstration projects. 6- Earthquake area Participation in MOMAr is deemed strategic for an improved development of policy tracks 3, 4 and 5. Which partners are working on this? Province of Groningen Urban Development Funding of Saxony-Anhalt Section C: Measures for the protection of urban historical monuments Urban Development Funding of Saxony-Anhalt supports measures of urban renewal in Saxony-Anhalt. This funding program is existing since the 70th of the last century. The instrument addresses all the municipalities in the region, many small municipalities as the north of Saxony-Anhalt is sparsely populated (rural area). Nevertheless, there are also some small towns with less than 12.000 inhabitants. All are benefitiaries of the instrument. The fund comprises the following 5 objectives: - Measures for the protection of urban historical monuments - Urban redevelopment measures - Measures of “Social city” - Measures for active town and district centres and - Measures to support small municipalities for ensuring public service. Through the Ministry for Regional Development of Saxony-Anhalt participation in MOMAr, it is expected projects concerning cultural heritage management in small municipalities of the region to be developed through the Urban Development Funding. Actions for preservation, development and reconstruction of heritage have been developed so far. Actions focusing on cultural heritage management are expected thanks to MOMAr. In funding calls for cultural heritage there has been less outflow of funds in rural areas, probably because of the small municipalities lack of professional capacity to participate in the calls. The funding is launched annually, what possibilitates targeted calls and grants inspired in the experiences learnt in MOMAr. Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt ERDF-ESF Regional Programme Corse 2014 -2020 Thematic Objective 6: Preserve and protect the environment and promote the efficient use of resources Investment Priority 6c: Preserve, protect, promote and develop natural and cultural heritage The Regional Programme Corse 2014-2020 aims to boost economic growth in this region and contributes to achieving at regional level the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Through the TO and IP addressed, it fosters the promotion and protection of heritage assets from natural and human risks, in order to preserve key resources for the attractiveness and development of the territory. For that, it supports actions that allow promoting the Corsican heritage in strategic cultural and natural sites, and the development of tourist sites from a perspective of diversification of the activity (lengthening of the season, new customers). The political instrument highlights a strong tourist identity linked to a rich natural and cultural heritage; a tourism sector that participates to a large extent in the dynamics of regional economic development; the need to reduce dependence on tourism activity to the French clientele only; the importance of integrating the coastal destination with the interior and developing sustainable tourism products and more specific formulas; the relevance of diversifying regional tourism towards sustainable quality tourism and finding new markets through heritage development and seasonal expansion, developing new services for new clients. MOMAr will allow to expand the policy prism beyond the classic tourism approach, complementing it with the introduction of different management models of applicability to the Corsican heritage. Which partners are working on this? Corsican Regional Authority Sign up for the MOMAr newsletter Subscribe now We are MOMAr Discover MOMAr and its goals reading our brochure Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MOMAr Tweets by MOMAr Latest News See all project news 01/06/2021 MOMAr visits the Murero site in Zaragoza Province MOMAr scientific team of the Provincial Government of Zaragoza, made a technical visit to the Cambrian site of Murero Type: Project 20/05/2021 MOMAR Tour in Eastern Zaragoza The MOMAr scientific team of Zaragoza Provincial Government carried out a MOMAr tour through the eastern area of Zaragoza Type: Project 30/04/2021 Rural tourism to fight depopulation The Provincial Government of Zaragoza, together with some of the Spanish stakeholders, participate in a debate to explore the possibilities of rural tourism. Type: Project 22/04/2021 Cooperation, an improvement driver On the 22 of April, MOMAr organised an international meeting to share and debate about models of management and strategies for territorial improvement. Type: Project 25/03/2021 III MOMAr Interregional meeting, second session The second session of the III Interregional Meeting of MOMAr took place on 25 March. Type: Project 24/03/2021 III MOMAr Interregional meeting, first session The third interregional meeting of MOMAr took place on the 24 and 25 of Marc, on an online webinar attended by 70 participants. Type: Project 22/03/2021 Groningen works on the design of a Pilot Action Representatives from 7 different organizations from the Province of Groningen got together in an online event to discuss the chance to develop a Pilot Action. Type: Project 02/03/2021 Zaragoza, case of study on the Green Transition MOMAr scientific coordinator, Irene Ruiz, participated in the Green Transition under the European Recovery and Resilience Facility (ERRF) webinar. Type: Project 22/02/2021 Interview with Castles on Malše river association We talk with Radek Kocanda, the director of HNM, about near-future plans of Castles on Malše river association. Type: Project 08/02/2021 Third regional stakeholder meeting in Saxony-Anhalt The Ministry of Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt hosted its third meeting of the regional stakeholder group of the MOMAr project. Type: Project
This page has been created to present all the PURE COSMOS outputs and dissemination materials that present, promote and advance the rationale and aims of the project. Pilot action CeMaO-misme 27/01/2020 CeMaO aims at fostering digital transformation of Businesses. Type: Project 6th semester media appearances... 17/06/2019 6th semester media appearances and press releases Type: Project 4th PURE COSMOS newsletter 19/11/2018 Check the news of the 4th semester here Type: Project 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter 03/04/2018 Read about the news of the 3rd semester here Type: Project 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter 31/03/2017 Enjoy browsing! Type: Project 1st PURE COSMOS Newletter 13/01/2017 Enjoy browsing! Type: Project Expert paper 3 19/11/2018 The One Stop Shop - As a driving force to SME smart regulation Type: Project Expert paper 2 29/03/2018 Involving regional stakeholders in public administration activities Type: Project Expert Paper 1 29/03/2018 DIGITAL LOG BOOK: Connecting citizens and providers to public services digitally Type: Project PURE COSMOS good practice... 27/01/2017 39 good practices from PURE COSMOS partners Type: Project Peer review reports 20/02/2017 Here you can find the different reports of the partners' peer reviews. Type: Project Project brochure 13/01/2017 The PURE COSMOS project brochure has been created in all project languages. Type: Project 4th semester media appearences... 29/06/2018 PR4 - Press releases and media appearances Type: Project 3rd semester - media... 14/12/2017 Media appearences from project partners between 01/04-30/09/2017. Type: Project 3rd semester - press releases 14/12/2017 Press releases of project partners between 01/04-30/09/2017. Type: Project 2nd semester - media... 26/06/2017 Media appearances from project partners Type: Project 2nd semester - press releases 13/07/2017 Press releases from project partners. Type: Project 1st semester - media... 17/11/2016 Media appearances from project partners Type: Project 5th Semester media appearances... 19/12/2018 Media appearances from period 5 (01/04/2018 - 30/09/2019) Type: Project 5th PURE COSMOS Newsletter 14/02/2019 Check the news of PURE COSMOS project Type: Project 6th PURE COSMOS Newsletter 20/03/2019 6th PURE COSMOS Newsletter Type: Project Pure Cosmos Action Plans 23/09/2019 Eight signed Action Plans Type: Project Pilot action CeMaO-misme 27/01/2020 CeMaO aims at fostering digital transformation of Businesses. Type: Project See all Library Items Pilot action CeMaO-misme Copy Link Seminar agenda Pilot action CeMaO-misme Seminar agenda PDF (720.74KB) Download 6th semester media appearances and press releases Copy Link 6th semester media appearances and press releases 6th semester media appearances and press releases all partners' PDF (4.03MB) Download 4th PURE COSMOS newsletter Copy Link 4th PURE COSMOS newsletter - EN English version PDF (515.38KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter Copy Link 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - HU Hungarian version PDF (469.13KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - DE German version PDF (514.13KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - GR Greek version DOCX (608.47KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - IT Italian version PDF (323.52KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - EN English version PDF (866.49KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - CZ Czech version PDF (507.14KB) Download 3rd PURE COSMOS newsletter - CAT In Catalonian PDF (335.06KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter Copy Link 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter - CA Catalan version PDF (606.60KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter - HU Hungarian version PDF (556.08KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter - IT Italian version PDF (529.00KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter - GR Greek Version PDF (350.89KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter - CZ Czech version PDF (463.50KB) Download 2nd PURE COSMOS Newsletter Read about the Peer Reviews, Study Visits any news about the project! 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Project summary Context: address the societal challenge of ageing society and to demonstrate that thermalism could be, by introducing innovative cures and care solutions, a sector having a huge potential in making healthcare more efficient. Healthy lifestyle and prevention are supposed to be more and more relevant making wider the target group perspective for the territories.   Partnership: 8 partners (1 Association, 3 Universities, 3 Regional Development Agencies and 1 Innovation centre) from 8 countries (FR, HU, LV, PL, RO, LT, PT, SI). When relevant, authorities in charge of targeted policies are committed to provide their support. Relevant stakeholders within each area will be strongly involved in the exchange of experience at interregional level and planned adaptation of policy instruments.   Objective Improve policies aiming at supporting knowledge transfer and strengthening opportunities for open innovation between the triple helix partners in the field of preventative health and thermalism in order to accelerate the launch on the market of innovative solutions for developing healthy lifestyle.   Approach Three-steps approach in Phase 1. Interregional exchange of experiences in that field and subsequent introduction into their policies of innovative health solutions for thermal spa regions (final purpose under Phase 2).   Main activities and outputs 8 policy instruments are addressed (1 per region), all related to structural funds programmes. Basis for exchange of experience: Reciprocal improvement analysis and 8 study visits. Newsletters and final dissemination event for an effective dissemination towards other territories in Europe.   Main expected results At least 16 good practices identified, 8 targeted policy instruments improved, 16 staff members will transfer new capacities in their intervention fields, 50 involved stakeholders with increased skills and knowledge from exchange of experience. Expected 20 articles in press including at EU level. €1,346,163.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Programme Auvergne ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 The main objective of the ROP is to improve economic competitiveness and social cohesion within the Auvergne region. Under the Axis 1 "Strengthening research, technological development and innovation " the investment priorities concerned by the project will be Investment priority 1b promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, with the Specific objective: Increase the number of innovative and collaborative projects implemented by the regional SME’s in the field of Smart Specialisation Strategy by the support of research projects, technology transfers and collaborative projects between searchers and SME’s and by the support of the public/private partnerships. The first strategic objective of the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Auvergne region is Preventative health and patients’ well-being. And the first Strategic Business Areas (SBA) of this strategic objective is “Accelerate the putting on the market of goods and services related to preventative health and well-being”.  The policy instrument adressed concerns the territory of Auvergne. The territory of application is also the territory of Auvergne even if the new region is the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Which partners are working on this? Thermauvergne association Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme The main priorities to mention according to the support of the topic of the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (GINOP) of Hungary is Axis 2. Research, technological development and innovation - NEC4.1. Improvement of R+I activity product, technology and service developement innovation ecosystem. The region needs a better process for integrated policy development in which health prevention and thermalism are taken into account. Only then societal challenges like healthy ageing can be tackled better and new innovative business development can be supported together with the project of the University of Debrecen and its public/private partners, which is the creation of Thermal based health industry economic zone totally in line with the priority of the National Smart Specialization Strategy titled "Healthy society and wellbeing" and the Europe2020 for a healthier EU programme. Special economic zones – connecting to the RIS3 – are not directly among the priorities now, that is why a development is required. Which partners are working on this? University of Debrecen Operational Programme “Growth and Employment" The Latvian Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' (OP) aims at achieving key national development priorities along with the "Europe 2020" objectives. By combining support from the ERDF, the CF, the ESF and the specific allocation for the YEI, the OP will provide a significant support to the economic growth and employment, with a particular focus on the competitiveness of Latvia's economy. The priority Axis 1 supports RTD and innovation in Latvia. In particular, the OP contribution is expected to increase Latvia's innovation potential by having the share of innovative SMEs increased to 40%. Latvian OP (2014-2020) underlines the importance of spa and preventative health care development, which is also underlined by the Latvian National Development Plan (2014-2020) and reflected in several strategic documents, such as Development strategy of medical tourism in Latvia. The ERDF support should help to ensure valuable use of the preventative health and thermal offer by implementing in the national level of Latvia the measures for the promotion of Latvia as an international and local health prevention and health destination. There is a potential for the development of thermal resorts and new health offers in Latvia. Which partners are working on this? University of Latvia Regional Operational Programme of Warmia and Mazury for 2014-2020 The analysis of the Regional Operational Programme of Warmia and Mazury 2014-2020 supports research and innovation activities, particularly, the Priority 1 linked to the Thematic objective 1 ‘Strengthening research, technological development and innovation’ . The measures that should be improved are related to spa infrastructure, packaging of products and services and active and healthy ageing. Warmia and Mazury Regional Development Agency (WMRDA) would like to pay more attention to preventative health and thermalism in the Regional Operational Programme of Warmia and Mazury 2014-2020. Warmia and Mazury is called “polish green lungs” and „land of 1000 lakes”, has places with unique microclimate and mud decks. In recent years, many spa centers have been established to offer rehabilitation, slimming and health care courses at the highest level. The unique microclimate, the cleanest air in Poland in Gołdap Sanatorium, as well as the infrastructure give the region the opportunity to develop in this direction. Which partners are working on this? Warmia and Mazury Regional Development Agency JSC in Olsztyn Regional Operational Programme 2014 – 2020 The Regional Operational Program (ROP) 2014 – 2020 is an Investment for Growth and Jobs Program in Romania, financed by the European Commission from the European Structural and Investment Funds, respectively the European Regional Development Fund. ROP 2014-2020 aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth in all regions in Romania making them more attractive places in which to live and work. The programme addresses the major development challenges for Romania: regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, the low-carbon economy, and economic and social infrastructure at regional and local level.  Within this project, the Regional Development Agency Centru (RDA Centru) will address ROP 2014-2020, Priority Axis 1 (PA1) – “Promoting technology transfer”. PA 1 corresponds to the thematic objective 01 – “Strengthening research, technological development and innovation”. RDA Centru would like to set-up the suitable environment for the local SMEs active in the health and thermalism sectors to develop through innovation. The major focus is therefore to address bottlenecks to innovation and increase investment in business research and development through close collaboration between public and private actors in the field of health, preventative health and thermalism sectors. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Investment priority concerned - PRIORITY AXIS 1 - STRENGTHENING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION, INVESTMENT PRIORITY 1.2 of Lithuanian OP - Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies. This policy instrument does not currently include the specific focus on preventative health and thermalism issues. It lays the basis for some of the areas being analysed in the project (cooperation, open innovation), but it is not explicit in its support for the preventative health and thermalism issues angle. The Lithuanian Innovation Centre and the Managing Authority feel that the preventative health and thermalism issues angle could generate more impact in relation to invested capital. Which partners are working on this? Lithuanian Innovation Centre NORTE 2020 (2014–2020 North Portugal Regional Operational Programme) Norte 2020 is composed of an integrated set of priorities and funding instruments addressing the main challenges and opportunities of Portugal’s Norte region. The Life and Health Sciences priority is concerned. The goal is to strengthen the articulation between, on the one hand, regional research on tissue engineering, cancer, neuroscience and surgical techniques and, on the other hand, industries and services in the health sector (e.g. pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health services, health and wellness tourism, and cosmetics). Improved policies and facilitation of triple-helix cooperation will promote the creation and development of innovative startups, health prevention new products and services. Encouraging smart investments in health care and thermalism will also facilitate the improvement in the health industry. Which partners are working on this? Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the period 2014-2020 The first priority of the Slovenian Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the period 2014-2020 “International competitiveness of research, innovation and technological development in line with smart specialisation for enhanced competitiveness and greening of the economy" will be improved. The policy instrument will be implemented in consistence with “Slovenia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy”. The project will contribute to priority area Health - Medicine: objective “enhance the development of new product directions related to natural substances and spa tourism (natural medicines, dermatological cosmetics and cell therapeutics and rehabilitation)”. Which partners are working on this? Development Agency of Savinjska Region (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); InnovaSPA Tweets by InnovaSPA Latest News See all project news 25/11/2020 The 5th Study Visit of InnovaSPA - a virtual journey The 5th Study Visit of InnovaSPA - a virtual journey Type: Project 10/08/2020 Futuristic Spa opened in Debrecen Thermalism is continuously developing in the area of Debrecen, with the support of the EU & national funds Type: Project 30/06/2020 InnovaSPA 3rd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen 3rd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen to adapt to the changes caused by the COVID-19 Type: Project 23/06/2020 InnovaSPA 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in Debrecen 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in Debrecen to adapt to the changes caused by the COVID-19 Type: Project 13/12/2019 InnovaSPA 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen to share information among the stakeholders and with the Managing Authority about the Good Practices to improve the policy. Type: Project 12/12/2019 Debate on development of thermalism in Centru Region Debate on the improvement of the policies that support the development of thermalism in Centru Region, during the 2nd stakeholder meeting of InnovaSPA project. Type: Project 11/12/2019 InnovaSPA 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen 2nd Stakeholder meeting in Debrecen to share information with the Managing Authority about the Good Practices to improve the policy. Type: Project 02/12/2019 2nd Stakeholders meeting in Latvia Stakeholders’ workshop on the innovative solutions for health in thermal SPA regions in the framework of the InnovaSPA was held at the University of Latvia. Type: Project 01/11/2019 Study Visit in Portugal The 4th international exchange of experiences session gathered the partners and stakeholders of the InnovaSPA project in the Norte Region of Portugal. Type: Project 22/08/2019 Study Visit in Lithuania Specialists in thermalism and preventative health from eight EU countries got together in Lithuania, in July, to take part to the 3rd Study Visit of InnovaSPA. Type: Project
Project summary Nine European institutions collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of HIGHER. The project has the objective to improve the innovation framework and the smart specialization strategy of different EU regions. HIGHER will analyze and exchange experiences and good practices on the management and implementation of regional policy instruments designed to promote the innovation projects under the collaboration between research centers, industry and public authorities. The HIGHER project is addressed to achieve innovative models of public private partnerships suitable to mobilize investment in related smart specialization areas and fostering an entrepreneurial discovery process in driving innovation process of the policy instruments. This will be achieved through the analysis of nine policy instruments from one of each region involved in the project to promote the innovation projects under public private partnerships. The partners of the project will evaluate these instruments and try to identify which are their main weaknesses, developing a learning process to overcome the main obstacles around them and enhancing a better and more efficient implementation.  Thought basic methods, as workshops, study visits and thematic summits and developed ones, as joint analysis, peer reviews and e-learning modules, the different regions will exchange the experiences and good practices for the future improvement of the policy instruments of each region. €1,498,656.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Comunitats RIS3CAT (RIS3CAT Communities) This instrument is intended to promote the innovation projects under public-private partnerships. Through a co-financing methodology (private companies must invest too) some communities (in different sectors) are being created in order all the stakeholders they include (companies, universities, research centres, public administrations, business associations, etc.) to present a list of actions, projects, methodologies and strategies to work together to develop high innovative projects, promoting the cooperation science – industry. These actionsare developed thanks to the ERDF and also the co-financed part of the communities’ partnerships. The main problem is how to promote the involvement of the companies in these initiatives, for attracting private capital becomes more complicated. Additionally, the collaboration science – industry present special characteristics that must also be studied and addressed to make sure that efficiency is promoted. Which partners are working on this? UAB Reseach Park Promotion of new innovation markets This policy instrument aims at speeding up R&D paths in relation to “new social Challenges” (people ageing, climate changes, etc.) through mechanisms which sees the public administration as innovation demand’s driver (e.g. innovative public procurement, vouchers, ICT innovation platforms). This has been a great change in the SF Operational Program approach which needs to be tested, constantly improved and which will greatly benefit of the exchange of experiences with highly developed regions.  The instrument provides co-financement, through innovative procurement procedures, the development of innovative goods and services (not present in the market) produced through the cooperation of SMEs and universities/research centers (public and private), being an example of collaboration among public administration, enterprises and universities/research centers where the public administration has the role of innovation demand driver.  In this context, what must be improved is the qualification of the public administration innovation demand as mean to improve the number of highly innovative companies in regional smart specialisations, but it is also important to improve the quality of project funded and the effectiveness of public expenditures in innovation. Which partners are working on this? Marche Region Programme for strategic innovation collaboration between public and private actors in Stockholm Programme aimed at stimulating the innovation projects in the Stockholm region, based on co-financed structures for the support of strategic collaborations between higher education institutions, research centres, public authorities and the industry. Main activities that are to be funded under the present instrument are related to collaboration to develop new products and services (fostering mobility between different sectors to address cross-sectorial challenges), infrastructure, innovation-related pre-commercial procurement and the development of open data sources in this framework, always related to the smart specialisation strategy.  It is important to increase the innovation efficiency of investments in the new ERDF-period, in terms of new strategic collaborations and development of new innovative products and services in both private and public sector. Stockholm does not have a history of cluster policy and increased knowledge among regional actors about incentives and activities to stimulate innovation collaboration is needed. There is also need for more knowledge on how regional governance initiatives can support these activities. Better policies are also needed to reach the expected targets under the 2020 strategy for innovation (regional, national and European). Which partners are working on this? Nordregio Scientific and Technological Knowledge Transfer - Collective Actions This instrument aims to promote business R&D investment, enhancing the cooperation between companies and regional S&T organizations, and stimulating knowledge intensive activities and value creation based on innovation (priority 1.2.1). Specific projects are funded by ERDF (Regional Operational Program – Norte). A collective approach is privileged; consequently the projects should be oriented to answer to common risks and opportunities of an enlarged group of companies, promoting positive externalities, especially under the challenges established by the regional RIS3. The call for project will be established under subsidies with a co-financing rate. The instrument should be improved in the following areas: participation of the industry, attraction of private capital to R&D projects, and promotion of a clustering approach (linked to RIS3). Which partners are working on this? CEiiA - Center for Excellence and Innovation in the Automotive Industry Innogeb LT – Instrument for the development and implementation of innovation support services in Lithuania The objective of Inogeb LT is to strengthen the Lithuanian innovation system by creating environment for the spread of knowledge and technology that get enterprises more actively involved in research and development and innovation activities. The main applicants for this instrument that will deliver the innovation support services are public legal entities (i.e. innovation support agencies, centres, technology parks) and the final beneficiaries are companies, especially newly established technology companies. In the last programming period the funds for the instrument have been used to partly compensate the expenses related to the provision of the following services: promotion of innovation, innovation partnership, and building demand for innovation support services; technological audits; new product marketing; technology transfer, partner search; provision of advice on innovation process etc. The need to improve this policy instrument is twofold. On one hand, the Ministry of Economy feels that more impact could be generated from the funds that have been allocated. On other hand, evolution of businesses and their needs clearly indicates that traditional public support services should be more dynamic and versatile. Drawing from the past experience and existing data, the main future challenges for this instrument is related to being relevant to the business, science and society needs and increasing the efficiency and impact of the innovation support services. Which partners are working on this? Lithuanian Innovation Centre Sustainability of the collaborative R&D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies. Products and technologies This policy instrument aims at co-financing, through Abruzzo’s region ERDF allocation, the realisation of activities in collaboration between the industry and the research institutions and universities, mostly through the involvement of already existent public-private aggregations, such as the Technology Districts, the Public-Private Laboratories, and the Innovation Poles, which are the beneficiaries of the instrument, as well as the industry. Therefore, the projects co-financed are to be developed in a collaborative way in which the applied research industry-science is the base. With this initiative, the regional authority intends to continue the promotion of the support for the Innovation Poles, the business networks, the clusters, and other similar ventures in order to favour the development of new innovative projects, enhancing the business economic growth after the crisis. Additionally, the instrument intends to foster the construction of international partnerships to work on cutting-edge innovative technologies, enhancing the participation of companies and research institutions from Abruzzo in European projects, such as those under Horizon 2020. Which partners are working on this? Abruzzo Region Slovenian Innovation Hub - Developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centers This policy instrument supports strengthening of links and synergies in the innovation system and reinforce cooperation between the knowledge institutions (Universities and research institutes) and economy. The purpose of the instrument is in the areas where Slovenia has recognised comparative and competitive advantages such is: promote knowledge-based development to support productive connection with the research community and industry with the aim of diversifying into new technologies, products and services (the creation of start-up, spin-off, spin-outs, split-off companies and diversification of production in existing enterprises) and, consequently, the creation of jobs with higher added value. The policy instrument will be implemented also through Slovenian Innovation Hub, the new platform that will create new connections and synergies between different knowledge institutions and companies and will create new value chains in different sectors, selected as a priority in the Smart Specialization Strategy, that are to work together under co-financed projects to develop better projects and initiatives. However, given the still low rates of private investments, governance for a better implementation must be developed in order to achieve the expected results. Which partners are working on this? Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia Strengthening research, technological development and innovation programme The instrument is developed under the operational programme for ERDF for Central Macedonia 2014 – 2020 based on promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies. Therefore, under a co-financed scheme, and with the goal of leading to economic growth and jobs creation, public-private partnerships will be developed in order them to establish projects to promote the science-industry collaboration to develop new products, services and processes. This instrument, recently approved, is being finally shaped right now at a regional level due to the circumstances that led it to take more time to be implemented. Given the contextual situation, especially related to the low rates of investment in innovation, it is obvious that the strategies and instruments of the past were not properly implemented, so learning on better governance models, as well as strategic ones, are needed to make sure that the present policy instrument achieves its objectives. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia Support for research and innovation in Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough (cancelled) The instrument aims at promoting business investment in research and innovation between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications (PCP), demand stimulation, clusters and open innovation through RIS3, supporting technological and applied research, early product validation actions, and advanced manufacturing capabilities, in particular in KETs and diffusion of general purpose technologies. The objective of the call is to increase investment in research and innovation by companies, particularly in sectors and technologies identified through RIS3. Taking into account this framework, funds will be allocated in projects that work in one or more of these main fields:  • Support for RIS3 collaborative and contract research and development including initiatives stimulating and facilitating productive innovation partnerships • Initiatives simulating the demand for new or improved services, processes and products including business-led and public procurement programmes • Collaborative and contract research and development programmes • Technology support programmes and demonstrator projects and programmes for current and future technologies The minimum amount of every application (for every project) must be of GBP 400.000 (EUR 560.000 aprox.). Which partners are working on this? Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership Sign up for the HIGHER newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); HIGHER Tweets by HIGHER Latest News See all project news 02/02/2021 Video of HIGHER Final Event If you missed the conference "Getting higher with innovation", in which we presented the results of the project, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. Type: Project 11/01/2021 Getting higher with innovation On January 28, HIGHER will present experiences and good practices on the management and implementation of regional policies designed to promote innovation. Type: Project 08/01/2020 Design thinking as a strategy of innovation Within the framework of the action plan for Catalonia, UAB Research Park organized a laboratory of ideas to address the challenges of smart food. Type: Project 20/10/2019 Inauguration of the Ideas Generation Program On Wednesday 16 October the Ideas Generation Program on Smart Food began with thirty participants. It is an initiative of the action plan of UAB Research Park. Type: Project 07/10/2019 Innovation camp: an innovative participation process An action plan oriented to increase the presence of social challenges in catalonia Communities policy instrument. Type: Project 30/09/2019 A good practise of designing RIS3 Region of Central Macedonia participated in the thematic workshop "Better Monitoring, Evaluating, and Designing RIS3". Type: Project 25/07/2019 Presentation of a HIGHER good practice The Regional Scientific Council for R&I of Region of Central Macedonia will be showcased during the next workshop of the Interreg Policy Learning Platform. Type: Project 13/05/2019 Inspiration for Innovation The HIGHER partners have engaged in identifying existing good practice cases of Smart Specialisation Strategies, focusing especially on policy instruments. Type: Project 10/10/2018 HIGHER project participates in the #EURegionsWeek The workshop focused on Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Type: Project 25/07/2018 Slovenia Innovation Policy Summit The event was organized on 3rd and 4th July 2018 in Ljubljana by Association of Slovenian Urban Municipalities and Slovenian Business and Research Association. Type: Project
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