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Lead Partner: Municipality of Enschede
The commercial UAS (unmanned aerial system) industry, commonly known as drones, is a rapidly expanding sector on a global scale, bearing large potentials for economic growth, jobs, innovation. Potential fields of application can bring broad social benefits, i.e. in public safety, logistics, environmental protection and monitoring, agriculture, etc. These potentials are also picked up by the European Commission through its Communication COM/2014/0207 that highlighted that UAS technologies offer huge potential for the development of innovative civil applications in a wide variety of sectors that benefit European society and constitute an emerging market that is able to significantly add to the creation of jobs and growth. Link to Aerial Uptake video The industry however faces some unique challenges within the EU, caused by a lack of unified European standards and a fragmented landscape of regulatory bodies & policies, as well as limited knowledge, awareness and low level of public acceptance of this emerging technology. Although many policies targeting UASs are made at national and EU levels, significant work can be done at local / regional level to exploit innovation potential of UAS applications, as well as economic and societal benefits particularly in an urban context. Regional development policies shall create a favourable environment, allowing a flexible framework for experimentation, demonstration and market uptake of drone technology. AERIAL UPTAKE brings together local / regional public authorities and key players of the UAS sector from 6 European regions, being pioneers in the creation of a single European drone market. They exchange and transfer knowledge to unleash the potentials of UAS technology for civil and commercial usages. Besides exploring and addressing the key needs and bottlenecks of innovation and commercialisation of UAS, partners investigate tailored solutions for increasing societal acceptance by enhancing and articulating positive social impacts of drone technology.
Lead Partner: Digital Nièvre Joint Authority
10 partners from 7 countries in peripheral, rural and emerging European regions are collaborating to help each partner develop inclusive digital innovation ecosystems and services that meet the current and future needs of their economies and society to become dynamic players in local and global development . The project will improve its 7 selected policy instruments to help them to become better enablers and deliverers of digital innovation. CARPE DIGEM will examine how the partners in close collaboration with their regional public, private and community stakeholders, can better communicate and enage their regions in improving strategies for digital transformation, predicting and developing new skills and competencies for the future. CARPE DIGEM is primarily about how to create functioning and sustainable Digital Innovation Ecosystems (DIGEMs) in regions considered to be outside the digital, economic and social core of Europe, traditional 'receivers' of innovation and change. CARPE DIGEM will show how we can collectively catalyse, lever, network and expand inter-regional digital eco-systems outside metropolitan Europe, to help provide universal access to the integrated digital solutions and eco-systems our citizens, public administrations and businesses need.
Lead Partner: BEAZ S.A.U.
COHES3ION aims to integrate a regional and sub-regional element into Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3), so developing greater consistency across each partner region. The intended outcomes of the project are to: increase the overall impact of each partner's S3improve the links between operational programmes in the RD&I environment and public and private sectorspromote a multi-level governance model The project includes 10 partners from 8 European countries (Spain, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland and Wales). It will work to align innovation policies from a macro to a micro regional level, spreading prosperity across each partner's territories.
Lead Partner: Foundation FUNDECYT Science and Technology Park of Extremadura (FUNDECYT-PCTEX)
The IMPROVE project brings together partners from 8 regions with the aim to improve the management and implementation of  Structural Funds Programmes in the participating regions and cities. Through the improvements the project wants to  ensure a better and more efficient delivery of R&D&i policies, with a special focus on the Smart Specialisation Strategies. The interregional learning process and activities in the IMPROVE project are designed to foster the exchange of practices, experiences and knowledge and increase the capacities of partners and stakeholders involved. The basis for the learning process  is the state of the art analysis each partner conducts on their chosen Structural Funds Programme (policy instrument) to be improved in the project. The objective of the state of the art analysis is to clarify the current situation in terms of management and implementation of the policy instrument. The exchange of experiences takes place by the means of  peer reviews, identification of good practices and interregional thematic workshops organised in the participating regions. Towards the end of phase 1 of the project the partners will develop action plans to transfer the knowledge and experiences to their region or city to improve their chosen policy instrument with concrete actions.    Expected results of the IMPROVE project are:  Innovative methodologies in the implementation of Structural Funds Solutions to specific issues that might hinder the proper deployment of policy instruments New tools (methodologies, good practices) provided to stakeholders for a more efficient management and implementation of their policy instruments Action plans designed, implemented and monitored in each participating region Transfer of knowledge collected through the  interregional learning process to stakeholders across Europe and with other Interreg Europe projects.
Lead Partner: Hanze University of Applied Sciences
The TraCS3 project addresses challenges on regional innovation infrastructures. Regional innovation infrastructures and innovation capacities are the backbone of dynamic regional innovation ecosystems.  How to improve the support for regional innovation infrastructure?How to get better employment for the innovation infrastructure?Can there be more involvement in innovation value chains? TraCS3 also looks for solutions for regions to increase their innovation capacities. What is needed to build innovation and research excellence in regions?How to enable interregional collaboration?What do regions need to open up their innovation potential to the world? SMEs rely on research and innovation institutionsTo innovate, industry partly relies on research and innovation institutions. This is especially true for SMEs. The capacities of research and innovation institutions provide access to the necessary technology infrastructures. This is needed for upscaling, prototyping and validation of new solutions before an enterprise can enter the market. Gaps and opportunitiesThe project partners will look for ways to stimulate the development and utilisation of innovation infrastructures. What are the gaps and opportunities? TraCS3 aims to support further collaboration between existing infrastructures to increase innovation capacities. More innovation through interregional collaborationThe project partners seek to strengthen regional innovation potential through the interregional collaboration. They will explore opportunities to establish and improve financial schemes for use of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) outside the area of the programme.
Lead Partner: Sports and Technology Foundation
Inno4Sports places itself in the context of socio economic transformations in Europe that open up new dimensions for the capitalisation of sports ecosystems. The potentials of Sport ecosystems have started to be been recognized at EU level as drivers for innovation and growth with a high potential for cross-sectoral spill-overs and interlinkages with various societal and economic fields. Still, at regional levels, they remain underdeveloped, due to existing inconsistencies and an underrepresentation of the potentials created by sports innovation within RIS3 and regional development programmes. Inno4Sports brings together five regions that all share the ambition to address a common objective, namely to improve the performance and efficiency of development programmes that are able to support sports clusterisation processes based on quadruple helix cooperation, and by doing so, promote the innovative value chains of sports. Taking into account the different regional contexts (e.g. development levels, available expertise on clusterisation processes), specific points to address have been identified by focussing on 4 thematic sub objectives; the creation of opportunities for market access, the exploration of cross-over cooperation, the development of harmonisation processes with regional development programmes and the creation of interlinkages with consumer needs and societal trends. By deepening cluster integration, through an intensive process of interregional learning, knowledge exchange and lasting inter-cluster cooperation processes, all partners set out to reach their ambitions. As a new initiative, Inno4Sports, targets a topic that has not yet been tackled before in such concreteness. With the inclusion of EPSI as Advisory Partner to the project, a strong dissemination platform is included that will bring the project’s findings closer to the attention of not only regional, national, but also EU level policy makers to generate a multitude of future spin-offs.
Lead Partner: i-Trans / Transports Terrestres Promotion
Europe has always been a step ahead regarding sustainable transport mode in comparison with the rest of the world and Europe has developed valuable expertise and innovation in the railway sector. That is why, railway is identified in many RIS3. However due to a fierce competition in particular from emerging industries, the whole sector and especially SME are facing big challenges regarding their competitiveness (pricebased vs. innovationbased competitiveness). To tackle this challenge, regions with the help of the EC, put efforts to encourage R&I joint activities (triple helix concept) by offering innovation delivery support in the ERDF OP (direct fundings, cluster policy...). Other initiatives have been launched towards the railway sector but it has been pointed out that SME have specific issues due to the way public transport works, the specificities of its value chain and its market structure (few big companies with thousands of SMEs, few profit margin, low innovation culture, etc.). Taking this into consideration, the RECORD project aims at helping SME to invest more and better in innovation activities by redesigning the regional policy instruments. To do so, we plan individual work to be compared with partnering regions and analyzed. Benchmark and brainstorming sessions with local stakeholders will help draw provenoriented conclusions and develop new approaches together. To have comparability and to be able to share experiences and learn from each other, it is key to admit regional policy structure, industrial environment and clusters differences. Stakeholders engagement in this project is very important as it will be the first time managing authorities, clusters, businesses, universities, other funding organizations, regions etc. are working together early in the political process in the railway sector. This lends credibility and builds solid foundation to develop a framework that will be accepted for implementation.
Lead Partner: Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. Government of Andalusia
Data has become a key asset for the food industry which is leading to innovations in technology and the development of new tools and skills. However, the large volume and diverse nature of food value chains data and actors call for specific integration and management procedures to make the most of new economic opportunities based on information, data and cognitive technologies and promote innovation-driven growth. Join efforts to face new challenges For this purpose, 7 regions have decided to join efforts to face new challenges by developing an exchange of experience approach and work plan which allow them to create synergies and opportunities by identifying good practice implemented in other territories. Partners will work in close cooperation with stakeholders to interconnect regional innovation ecosystems. Best practices for each region will be integrated in their action plans in order to improve the targeted policy instruments governance or to implement projects that will contribute to achieving the above-mentioned goal.  Outputs and results • 7 action plans to improve policy instruments selected by project partners according to their relevance in terms of better exploiting ICT’s potential and deliver innovation to food industry and hence, smart progress and growth. • Support capacity-building at all levels, that is, staff, organisational and regional but also beyond the partnership considering most project partners are members of the S3P Agri-food on Traceabiliy and Big Data. • Reinforcing cooperation between research and business sectors and therefore, to improve the economic exploitation of R&D results. • Delivering strategic guidelines for new programming period.
Lead Partner: Ministry of Finance
Industry 4.0 (I4.0) affects innovation activities of companies throughout Europe to a dynamically increasing extent. Failing to turn production or service provision adapted to I4.0 results in losing clients and markets. In our project it will be primarily SMEs that we intend to assist so that they can better address the challenges this new paradigm imposes to increase their competitiveness. Partners’ experience suggests that policy instruments (PIs) targeted to SME innovation often struggle to support I4.0 related projects efficiently. With 8 partners from 5 regions INNOPROVEMENT aims at improving SME PIs targeting innovation activities and adapting them to requirements set by I4.0. This overall objective will increase the share and number of SMEs successfully implementing I4.0 related innovation projects in the partners’ regions and countries. 7 thematic issues will be explored by partners through intense experience exchange: Innovation in software development; Effectiveness of public money used to support industrial R&D under I4.0; Introducing I4.0 to traditional industries; Definition of I4.0 public policy initiatives; Adjusting calls to I4.0 requirements; Market price assessment methodologies;Definition of an I4.0 maturity evaluation matrix. Sharing transferable good practices from these 7 thematic issues will be central among project activities. Using the outcomes partners will elaborate action plans to improve their PIs. Improvements of the addressed PIs (mainly calls for proposals) will take place primarily at the level of management of the instruments. The composition of the partnership contributes substantially to durability of project results since the 7 action plans will be elaborated by MAs and IBs directly responsible for the management of the addressed PIs. INNOPROVEMENT’s approach ensures 4 levels of learning. The project lies on a sound project management and implements a targeted communication strategy.
Lead Partner: Government of La Rioja
The agri-food sector has great potential to contribute to regional economic growth and the industrial renaissance of the EU. However, its complexity, the limited innovation and the fragmentation of the R&I resources call for a tailored combination of policy and funding instruments. Interregional cooperation based on RIS3 can enable the creation of value chains throughout the EU as well as the generation of synergies in the regions so as to prevent duplication in investment. The overall objective of AgriRenaissance is to improve regional development policies and programmes under the Investment for Growth and Jobs goal in order to increase R&I resources and capacities of the agri-food sector, stimulate collaboration and foster its hybridization. The interregional learning process will take place around three thematic areas: R&I infrastructure & capacities,R&I public-private collaboration,hybridization of the agri-food sector with other sectors within and across regions. Existing methodologies for updating the RIS3 will also be mapped, as recommended by the Committee of the Regions. The main outputs of the project will be: Method Guide, Diagnosis reports of the regional agri-food sectors, Good Practice Guide, Policy Road Map, Regional Policy Briefs and Regional Action Plans with recommendations for integration into RIS3. Stakeholders benefiting from the project will be all actors in the agri-food sectors at the regional, national and EU level: R&I organisations in the agri-food, ICT, health, biotech and environment/ circular economy areas; Industrial and service companies in the agri-food, ICT, health, biotech and environment/ circular economy; Public authorities and policy makers; Networks of interest and NGOs and consumers in general.