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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.
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.
A mechanism which enables public sector to connect with innovative ideas and technology businesses to provide innovative solutions for specific challenges
Location: Border, Midland and Western, Ireland (Éire)
Project: DEVISE
Clusters as drivers of regional innovation, SME competitiveness and interregional cooperationAre you interested in interregional cluster cooperation? Or what clusters can do for innovation and technology transfer in regions? Or how clusters may support and engage SMEs in contributing to regional competitiveness? If so you need to attend our interactive and participatory workshop on the role of Clusters as drivers of regional innovation, SME competitiveness and interregional cooperation. The workshop is an opportunity to engage with other Interreg Europe partnerships, discuss project complementarities, exchange good practices on successful cluster policies, and generate ideas for future common activities “beyond the horizon of your own project”. In the workshop, you will also learn about the latest developments and initiatives in cluster policy at the European level, and services for cluster cooperation provided by DG GROW and DG REGIO of the European Commission, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform and the Policy Learning Platform. This workshop is “by invitation only” and will ensure attendees are all active players in the thematic community and bring maximum value to the exchanges between project partners. We look forward to seeing you at the Flemish Administrative Centre in Leuven! Who should attend?Two participants per project are invited from the partners most relevant to the topic addressed. The participation of Managing Authorities is strongly encouraged. Associated travel and accommodation costs are eligible under the project budget.   #policylearning Join the buzz Practical information If you have received confirmation of your registration, it's time to start planning your trip to Leuven. You will find information about the nearest airports, hotels and the venue. Check now Related News 19/04/2019 5th REMIX Newsletter is out Join us for the final stages of phase 1 in the REMIX project. Type: Project 08/02/2018 Business Breakfast “Controls in business” are the subject of the first "Business Breakfast" in 2018, which took place on February 8 at the headquarters of Park Przemysłowy Ł... Type: Project 16/05/2019 Working for a greener Europe Transnational programmes have collected 24 stories of Interreg projects for EU Green Week 2019. Type: Other 03/07/2017 Exchange to change! Last week the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform held its first events. Four thematic workshops brought together 40 Interreg Europe projects, and EU level Type: Platform 14/10/2015 Check out the Open Days networking ideas market A real ideas market created during Interreg Europe networking at Open Days now is transformed into a virtual one. Do not miss your chance to check it out. Type: Programme 28/11/2016 SUPERproject What exactly does Eco-innovation mean? Let´s stop for a moment and consider what actually can be understood by term eco-innovation and how it affects all of us every day. Type: Project 29/12/2020 SUPER Project - BIC MURCIA As we reach the end of the project, we have asked the project partners to summarise their main learnings and results from the project and how they have benefite... Type: Project 15/03/2018 The 4th project meeting - Lublin, Poland ELISE project will hold 4th project meeting focusing on R&I environment in Lublin particularly on functional foods. Type: Project 16/04/2019 Voglia d’impresa The Voglia d’impresa event took place in the Environment Park of Turin on the 25th and 26th of March 2019. Type: Project 31/01/2018 Workshop "Valuing Digital Communities in Europe" A INTERREG Erudite workshop on co-creating smart digital eco-systems and territories and evaluating socio-economic and environmental impact. Type: Project Oops, an error occurred! Code: 20210127163844d94dc92e
A good practice: EnTranCe EnTranCe offers an inspirational setting, state-of-the art facilities and technical support for product research, development and testing. These facilities include an interconnected energy bridge where energy applications can be tested as part of an integrated system. Commissioning parties are SME's and research projects. The expertise and network of the parties that cooperate at EnTranCe mean that development of promosing ideas can be accelerated. Energy transition involve challenges dealing with influx of new energy sources and systems that need to be connected to existing energy infrastructures and systems - the evolution of hybrid systems at different scales and paces. There is a need for field lab facilities that allow testing and demostation of innovative solutions. Solutions can be stand alone or integrated into existing systems. New energy concepts can de tested and developed at the EnTranCe premises. Another aspect of energy transition is the scale and volume of innovation needed in varying degrees of complexity and timing. A lot of this work involves als laborious work that is costly if done by business/staff. Student involvement in energy innovation projects allow for accurate and high quality work without the costs whilst providing practical application oppurtunities for learning for students. Business and educational partners, regional, national and international, are invited to participate in its ambition to become an international facility for energy education, research and innovation. Why is this practice considered as good? The facility started out with natural gas players (located in Groningen) who were significant at the national level. EnTranCe has national recognition and is attracting international projects as well as regionial and national parties that participate in open innovation. The test facilities are not only physical but also societal aspects of energy transition - economic, behavioural and legal aspects are also included. The test facilities offer physical integrated systems testing. In addition research groups that focus on integrated and complementary fields of studies are present. Number of projects: annually 20 Partners: 25 Types op project: Large scale hydrogen production and storage, societal impact of hydrogen, e-mobility, consumer behaviour, business models Link to where further information on the good practice can be found http://en-tran-ce.org Sign up for the TraCS3 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')); TraCS3 Tweets by TraCS3
The DIL is the Innovation skills training programme for the youth of the city that aims to give the necessary soft skills to our future workforce.
Location: País Vasco, Spain (España)
Project: ecoRIS3
The RE-SEARCH ALPS project aims to gather, consolidate, harmonize and make available data about laboratories and research and innovation centers.
Location: Abruzzo, Italy (Italia)
An Innovation Platform that allows educational technology industry, schools and educational institutions co-develop better educational technology for learning.
Location: Etelä-Suomi, Finland (Suomi)
Project: MARIE
Methodology on assessment of financial risk in uncertainty environments for micro credits aiming at entrepreneurs and SMEs.
Location: Castilla y León, Spain (España)
Project: ATM for SMEs
Portugal Ventures is a public venture capital fund, that leverages on European Structural Funds to address a market failure in the support of SMEs in Portugal.
Location: Norte, Portugal
Project: Innova-FI