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02/04/2021
Last 18th March, the European Commission launched the European Innovation Council (EIC).
Type: Project
A programme that supports SMEs in developing innovative and new to the market, products, services or technologies.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Project: RECREATE
17/09/2020
Research and innovation don't only have an economic impact but also a social impact. Discover how social innovation can stimulate social impact.
Type: Platform
20/11/2019
Find out how can cooperation make the access to innovation for SMEs more efficient.
Type: Programme
15/12/2017
Project partners have made the first steps to shape their local Action Plans during the Peer Review meetings.
Type: Project
20/09/2018
The EU Circular Economy Package and its implementation will be key issues during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Type: Project
Steps to Organic is voluntary program for all private and public kitchens. The purpose is to help to increase the use of organic products.
Location: Etelä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi)
Project: SME ORGANICS
09/11/2020
ART-ER (Italy) started to implement their action plan.
Type: Project
Lead Partner: Province of Fryslân
European island regions face several challenges: loss of population, isolation, vulnerable environments and limited economic activity, which is often small scale and focuses on few economic sectors, such as agriculture and tourism, due to the island regions' territorial characteristics. One of the largest threats islands faces, is the loss of popolation due to limited work opportunities, especially the young people and talent. However, the islands have their advantages compared to mainland: they have to be more self reliant, with stronger community involvement and isolation situation that can trigger innovations and provide a distinct, resourceful environment for experimental implementation of innovations.  Therefore, insular regions in this project want to address the opportunities of diversification of their economies by improving their innovation policies. Our project focus is to investigate and improve public policy measures in order to turn the islands into innovation "test-beds":  islands as innovation-promoting, experimental "probing and learning" environment which can keep and attract young, innovative and entreprenuerial people and activities to the islands.  This will be done through policy improvement, learning sessions, action plan development, good practice identification and sharing and active work on the islands with involvement of regional stakeholder groups. The project will collect and disseminate the knowledge gained in good practice directory and innovation guide for island regions. The project partnership consists of geographical islands or island regions/archipelagoes from The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Estonia, France and Greece.
Lead Partner: PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University
What is Design for Innovation? Design for Innovation (Design4Innovation) is a collaborative project of eight European partners working together to promote design as a tool for user-centred innovation. Design4Innovation aims to help small and medium enterprises create more desirable products and services, be more profitable and grow faster; ultimately  enhancing competitiveness of European SMEs. The project corresponds with the European Commission’s ‘Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation’ (2013),  which states that: "A more systematic use of design as a tool for user-centred and market-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy, complementary to R&D, would improve European competitiveness. Analyses of the contribution of design show that companies that strategically invest in design tend to be more profitable and grow faster." Policy change The Commission encourages all EU Member States and Regions to develop Design Action Plans. However, the route to building capacity for design-driven innovation in SMEs is not clear for policy-makers. Through interregional knowledge exchange, we will identify best practice in design support mechanisms for SMEs and engage with policy-makers to integrate support instruments for design into the ERDF operational programmes.  Our objective is to integrate design-driven innovation for SME competitiveness into the ERDF operational programmes of eight countries/regions and consequently for 2,000 SMEs to benefit from the policy instruments for design by the end of 2021. Our main outputs will be: 9 thematic workshops using hands-on methods to facilitate shared learning among policy-makers,3 Policy Booklets for governments to integrate design into ERDF policy instruments,4 video explaining design for innovation,8 Design Action Plans,1 high-level conference. Our anticipated impact To better inform evidence-based policy-making, we will monitor the impact and evaluate effectiveness of implemented mechanisms during 24-month monitoring phase. We are working towards ambitious targets of: 2,000 SMEs accessing vouchers, grants and mentoring programmes, 80% of beneficiary SMEs implementing new products/services, 80% of beneficiary SMEs with increased in turnover, 50% of beneficiary SMEs creating new jobs. We will share our results during a high-level conference in Brussels in 2021.