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Lead Partner: Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation
The competitiveness of SMEs and their resilience with respect to the global economic turmoil is certainly strongly linked to their capacity to innovate. However, innovation dynamics aren’t only dependent on R&D and technological change, but often rely on less evident, less formalized and more difficult to assess factors, mainly involving organizational and relational dimensions. This is relevant both for those regions in which medium and low-tech sectors and very small/micro businesses lead the local economy and for those territories with a strong presence of economic sectors related to social innovation, less dependent on formal R&D. The common challenge faced by project partners, coming from 7 regions across Europe, is that of devising new tools and indicators that allow them to better understand and assess non-R&D-driven innovation dynamics, with a strong emphasis on the direct involvement of the policy beneficiaries in the process of policy design, monitoring and evaluation. The overall project objective is therefore to improve the capability of public policy-makers to develop efficient policies supporting non-formal, soft and open innovation processes in the regional actors, with a focus on non-R&D -driven and social innovation.   The main outputs are: • 7 Study Visits, 4 Thematic Workshops, 1 Interregional Learning Meeting; • 7 policy instruments improved through the development and implementation of 7 Action Plans; • 14 Good Practices shared in the Policy Learning Platform, 4 Brief Technical Notes, 5 videostorytelling, 2 videos presenting the project and its results, published on the project website. Here is a video presenting the project.
Lead Partner: Ministry of Economy, Sciences and Digitalisation Saxony-Anhalt
The promotion of innovation in chemical related areas is an important objective of the partner regions, which have highlighted these topics in their RIS as basis for ERDF innovation funding from 2014 until 2020. Chemical innovations are important for many downstream industries and help to find solutions for societal challenges in areas such as new materials, energy, alternative feedstock, etc.   The project wants to improve the implementation of RIS with focus on chemical related topics with the help of interregional exchange of experiences and mutual learning between public authorities from seven European chemical regions. Chemical companies and relevant research institutions should be supported to better access ERDF innovation funding. The governance of the RIS in the chemical related innovation areas should be improved in close cooperation with triple helix clusters and networks. The partners will change the strategic focus of their policy instruments based on good experiences from the whole partnership. The main beneficiaries of the project will be responsible public authorities (e.g. ministries of economy) that will improve policy instruments for innovation funding in chemical related sectors, based on the good experiences from European partners. Furthermore companies and research entities working in these areas will also benefit from better regional funding for promotion of R&D and Innovation. The main outputs of the project's first phase are: 12 Interregional working group meetings, 8 site visits, 6 peer review workshops, 40 regional innovation stakeholder meetings, 5 thematic studies focussing on RIS development, stakeholder involvement, project generation, financing instruments and monitoring. Finally, 7 action plans have been developed to describe concrete improvements of policy instruments. Their implementation will be monitored in the final 2 years of the project duration.
The aim of this GP is to showcase National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre as a leading institution for industry-science collaboration in Lithuania
Location: Lietuva, Lithuania (Lietuva)
Project: INKREASE
Lower Saxony provides venture capital for technology orientated start-ups in the region.
Location: Hannover, Germany (Deutschland)
Project: FFWD EUROPE