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Lead Partner: Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology
The iWATERMAP project focuses on suporting the innovation policies in water technology sector, helping to increase the critical mass of innovation ecosystems in partner regions in this sector. The critical mass in innovation ecosystem approach means that all the necessary elements for innovation ecosystem are identified and put in place stage by stage, such as academia and business cooperation, cross-cluster fertilization, interregional networks and cooperation, science and education, thus ensuring stable and sustainable development of the system. The Project has selected the water technology sector as a focus area. The importance of the sector lies in its ability to help to address societal challenges related to water resource management - water scarcity, efficiency, use in other industrial sectors, resource recovery from waste water and waste water treatment etc. The sector has a large potential for generating innovative products and services which can be exported, thus also contributing to the creation of growth and jobs in the region. Overall Project objective is to improve innovation policies for enhancing the critical mass development of innovation ecosystems in the water technology sector. Reaching the critical mass in innovation will allow partner regions in future to rise above their own weight in innovation development, creating the conditions for raising competitiveness, growth and jobs in the regions. Project will address 7 policy instruments by assessments, learning sessions, roadmaps, action plan development, good practice identification and sharing and involvement of regional stakeholder groups. One of its main outputs will be preparation of roadmaps (3) for reaching the critical mass in ecosystem innovation in the sector. There are 9 partners and 7 regions participating in the Project from NL, LV, PT, ES, EL, RO and CZ, thus combining a leading regions in innovation (NL) with moderate (CZ, LV, ES, PT, EL) and modest (RO) innovators. Read here the joined iWATERMAP assasment methodoloy 
Lead Partner: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism
Context Many business intelligence surveys demonstrate that Digital Realities (Virtual reality and Augmented reality) are becoming a huge market trend in many sectors, and North America is taking the lead in this emerging domain. Tourism is no exception and the sector in Europe must innovate to get ahead of the curve of this technological revolution, but this innovation needs public support. Partnership In order to provide labs, startups and SMEs willing to take this unique opportunity with the most appropriate support policies, 9 partner organizations from 8 countries (FR, IT, HU, UK, NO, ES, PL, NL) decided to work together: regional and local authorities, development agencies, private non-profit association and universities. Objective Thanks to their complementary experiences and know-how, they intend to improve policies of the partner regions (structural funds and regional policies), in order to foster a tourist channelled innovation in the Digital Realities sector. Approach All partners will work together on policy analysis tasks before exchanging their best initiatives and transferring them from one country to another. This strong cooperation will allow them to build the best conditions to foster innovation thanks to more effective structural funds policies and regional policies.
Lead Partner: Thermauvergne association
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.
Lead Partner: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Region
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.
Lead Partner: Lithuania Innovation Centre
iBuy is a project dedicated to boosting innovation through public procurement. It aims at encouraging public authorities to start acting from the demand side for innovation as it has been conceptualised in the Europe 2020 strategy and the Innovation Union. iBuy aims at developing innovative models suitable to mobilise public and private stakeholders on the basis of the ‘entrepreneurial discovery process’ linked to the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation in the area of public procurement for innovation, while promoting a European perspective and ensuring the durability and transferability of the achieved results. The main project outputs are: 7 complete analyses of policy instruments (including benchmarking and peer reviews);the setting-up of an online tool linked to the programme’s platform to support the exchange of information and promote the e-learning process;35 meetings with stakeholders; 3 dissemination seminars;8 internal workshops;8 study visits linked to the project learning path, the continuous implication of the EU institution; 7 final action plans (including monitoring systems) for the policy instruments’ improvement.
Lead Partner: Regional Council of Lapland
REMIX Project encourages resource efficient and environmentally and socially acceptable production of raw materials, including critical raw materials. Growth and competitiveness of European industry is currently limited by the state of play in these two areas and policy instruments have been set up across Europe to address these important topics. REMIX Project brings together: 9 partners 1 advisory partner  9 countries  8 policy Instruments The selected regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The REMIX project will advance innovation in their regional mining value chains, of large and small scale companies. Regions rich in mineral resources have an important strategic role in Europe. Collaboration between European Commission (EC) and regional policy makers is needed to develop complementary approaches, which will boost EU competitiveness and stimulate sustainable development, growth, jobs and new SME industries. The REMIX Project contains: 5 Regional stakeholder meetings 5 in-depth international workshops targeted to specific topics9 Peer review study visits. 2 Mining Conferences (to help disseminate the results Europe-wide) Project partners and stakeholders take part in the activities together, to share knowledge and develop best practice guidelines. The results are used to improve the policy instruments in each region. Also, the project forms an investment platform and Smart and Green interregional mining cluster supporting the Industrial Modernisation. The project continues to phase two to ensure the outcomes are implemented. The project highlights will be communicated directly to the EC at the end of Phase one to help improve EC policy on raw materials. This is an outstanding opportunity to obtain pan-European in-depth consideration of smart and green mining policies.
Lead Partner: 'Nello Carrara' Institute of Applied Physics - National Research Council of Italy
Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe’s areas of key industrial competence. They have huge potential to address a number of today’s grand societal challenges, in particular health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies. However, this potential will be wasted if public polciy fails to address the gap between space research and its application on the ground. A long-term challenge is to ensure that R&I investments exploit the opportunities offered by space (e.g. huge availability of data and signals) by ensuring that applications and services are produced to address societal challenges and that they reach the market. Recognising the role played by EU regions in space policy, both in strategic development and territorial impact, STEPHANIE brings together 8 partners from 7 areas to exchange knowledge on how to ensure that policy is designed to guarantee real benefits from space technology based on photonics, particularly in space and earth observation. Partners have recognised two pilars that their ERDF policy instruments can focus on to support this R&I delivery: - using quadruple helix cooperation along the technological value chain at regional and interregional level; - coordinated and simplified funding schemes for the development of marketable and society orientated products and services. Partners and regional stakeholders cooperate over three years of interregional learning, leading to regional Action Plans that detail concrete measures for policy improvements. They continue to cooperate while implementing these measures, using interregional exchange for further stimulus and monitoring. Policy changes will deliver long-term impact to regional competitiveness and socio-environmental well-being, thanks to collaborative innovation and innovative products addressing socio-environmental needs. They will open new markets for enterprises and improve capacity of regions to direct European space policies and strategies.  
Lead Partner: Regional Government of the Basque Country
What is CREADIS3? CREADIS3 addresses the issue of innovation driving territorial development through non-technological forms of innovation. To tackle economic, social and environmental challenges, innovation is needed, not only based on the technological sectors but in allying these sectors to culture-based creativity.  The main objective of CREADIS3 is to align territorial public policy agendas to support the development of more efficient CCI policies in territories aiming to generate innovation and economic development in European regions. It is declined in 6 sub-objectives along 2 priority themes: Improving institutional governance and Boosting CCIs contribution to regional development.
Lead Partner: ART-ER Stock Joint Consortium (unitl 30/04/2019 ASTER Stock Joint Consortium)
The goal of INNO INFRA SHARE (Sharing Strategies for European Research and Innovation Infrastructures) project is to improve the accessibility and the exploitation of local Research and Innovation infrastructure (RII) assets by SMEs. RIIs have the potential to serve as enablers of competitiveness and growth for local SMEs and foreign users, especially in the areas of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). To unleash this potential, project partners will jointly work towards adding a market-driven dimension to the research and technological one, by networking and promoting collaboration opportunities at the regional and international level and by addressing national and regional RII relevant policy instruments. Partnership The partnership covers 8 European regions from Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic and Sweden, all of them with common RIS3 smart specialization priorities. Partners will undertake a joint learning and collaboration process, involving regional and national stakeholders, that will contribute to the design and implementation of 8 Action plans in their respective territories to improve policy instruments that will positively affect RII and improve their accessibility by SMEs. Results SMEs in partner regions will benefit from a better access to RIIs and an increased collaboration with research organizations to improve their innovation performance. A more precise and detailed picture of local RII ecosystems will be available for regional and national policymakers and SMEs. National and regional policies addressing RII will be improved thanks to the contributions provided by the Action Plans. Partners will gain an opportunity to benchmark their RII ecosystems with other EU hubs of RII excellence.
Lead Partner: Innobasque - Basque Innovation Agency
Evaluation of innovation policy-mixes goes beyond traditional monitoring and innovation systems as it involves evaluating instruments interactions and overlaps from an integrated view. This is a challenge for regions and especially with regards the implementation of their Research and innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3), as an innovation policy-mix has to be designed and implemented oriented towards a thematic priority. 4 Regions with Advanced Manufacturing (AM) identified within their RIS3 strategy; The Basque Country, Lithuania, Piedmonte and West Wales and the Valleys have joint the MANUMIX consortium to learn best practices through the exchange of experience in the evaluation and monitoring of their current innovation policy-mixes, a common challenge in the implementation process of RIS3 priorities. The Interregional learning approach of the first phase of the project will have as the main result an ad-hoc action plan for each region to implement. During the second phase of the projects, each partner will monitor the implementation process in the region. The Consortium will have the expert support of Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness (Deusto Foundation) (Advisory Partner), an institution expert on the study of competitiveness and regional development, that will support all the partners through the learning process, providing advice on the definition of their action plan and further monitorization of the implementation. Thus, the general objective of MANUMIX is to strengthen and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation policy-mixes for AM at regional level through evaluation. This involves evaluating interactions of AM instruments, trying therefore to assess both the complementarities and the overlaps among them. Improving and strengthening the current evaluation systems, partners and later other EU regions will enhance the implementation of regional development policies and programmes that support the delivery of innovation in the AM smart specialization area.