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Lead Partner: Province of Noord-Brabant
Nine regions from the EU share experiences and good practices on smart health and care innovation, to improve active and healthy ageing of the population. A key aim is to refine regional policies in order to support innovative businesses, create growth and scale up the deployment of innovative health and care solutions. In the end, the result is smarter healthcare policies and stronger regional and interregional ecosystems for the benefit of European citizens. As you set out for Ithaca  hope the voyage is (...) full of adventure, full of discovery.                         - C.P. Cavafy 
Lead Partner: Vestland County Municipality (SFCM)(until 31.12.2019 Sogn og Fjordane County Municipality)
Young people are leaving rural areas because they do not find jobs answering their professional aspirations. There is therefore a need to boost innovation in these areas in order to develop knowledge-based or creative businesses, offering attractive jobs for well-educated and creative young people. The partners from Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Spain have identified that triple helix (3H) or quadruple helix (4H) cooperation is important to boost innovation in rural areas. Management of innovation tools must not copy lessons and solutions from metropolitan areas but be adapted to the specific features of rural innovation systems, which are characterised by asymmetric relations and uneven resources between public, R&D and SMEs actors, and by shortage of scientific disciplines. The overall objective of P-IRIS is to improve policies related to 3H / 4H cooperation in rural innovation systems. We want to increase the number of SMEs in innovative networks and the number of innovation projects including R&D. It is also an ambition to improve the skills of public authorities & support systems as managers and mentors of 3H or 4H networks, and the use of related innovation tools. A 3-step interregional learning process will be applied: Mapping challenges & opportunities of managing 3H or 4H cooperation in rural innovation systems. Exchange experience in thematic seminars and demonstrate potential good practice in study visits. Prepare regional action plans. Six policy instruments will be improved in terms of governance measures and new projects. 9,5 MEUR in Structural Funds, as well as 5,1 MEUR of other funds are estimated to be influenced by the project. The implementation of improved policy instruments are envisaged to improve the innovation readiness in rural areas by increasing the number of SMEs cooperating with R&D institutions and authorities, and raising the share of businesses based on advanced knowledge or creative skills - increasing green growth and eco-innovation.
Lead Partner: Economic Development Agency of Sabadell 
RELOS3 focuses on implementing regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) in a local context by actively involving local authorities, innovation actors and companies.  The local level is often overlooked, however it is crucial to involve this level in innovation strategies. Partnership The project has six partners from six countries: Tartu City Goverment (Estonia)Metropolitan City of Bologna (Italy)Malta Enterprise Corporation (Malta)Local authority of Emmen (the Netherlands)Wielkopolska Region (Poland)Economic Development Agency of Sabadell (Sabadell, Spain, Lead Partner) Most partners have a local ecosystem connected to industrial systems, advanced manufacturing, applied industrial design and ICT.   However, other industry-related specialisations are not excluded.   Main activities RELOS3 is an unique opportunity to develop and contrast local RIS3 strategies. The findings will contribute to improve the Operational Programmes of the European Regional Development Funds, specifically to promote delivery of innovation at the lowest (local) level. The partners will achieve this objective by: Demonstrating the importance of the role of local authorities' involvement in the RIS3 strategies implementation.Analysing the partners current situation by elaborating a detailed baseline and final study., including an evaluation survey and collection of good pratices.Producing RAPs on the basis of the transnational exchange and co-produced with the support of Local Stakeholder Groups. Involving the policy owners and the relevant local/regional actors and make them work together as a “local stakeholder group”.Undertaking capacity building activities for policy owners, policy makers and relevant stakeholders. Exchange and analysis RELOS3 project will divide the interregional learning exchange and analysis in the following themes: Alignment of local (supra local) economic development strategies to RIS3 strategies The participation of private sector in territorial innovation operations to pave the way of RIS3 deployment Promotion of cooperation between EU regions with similar or complementary smart specialisations Sustainability of Quadruple Helix Collaboration (Industry, R+D and Academy, public administration and citizens) beyond RIS3 strategy  A brochure of the project can be downloaded through this link.
Lead Partner: Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN)
MONITORIS3 Project aims to address the CHALLENGE on MONITORING of the Regional Specialization Strategies (S3) developed by Regions as ex-ante conditionality for implementing Structural Funds. The project´s MAIN GOAL is to facilitate the IMPROVEMENT OF S3 RELATED STRUCTURAL FUNDS POLICIES DELIVERY through promotion of exchange of experiences and policy learning on MONITORING STRATEGIES OF POLICY INSTRUMENTS among a consortium of regionally relevant actors on S3. MONITORIS3 is supported by the following specific ACTIVITIES and OUTPUTS: - ONE INTERREGIONAL MAPPING OF S3 MONITORING STRATEGIES AT INTERREGIONAL LEVEL (on 9 preselected POLICY INSTRUMENTS): Regional (partners) “Stay of play” analysis at the beginning of the project. - INTERREGIONAL POLICY LEARNING PROCESS through 8 INTERREGIONAL THEMATIC SEMINARS around 4 WORKING GROUPS to organize the 9 policy instruments addressed, with active involvement of regional STAKEHOLDERS GROUPS. - BEST PRACTICES (BBPP) SELECTION and PEER-TO-PEER process (7 STUDY VISITS) to ensure the best introduction of selected BBPP by each region and thus facilitate the exchange. - 6 REGIONAL ACTION PLANS ON S3 MONITORING elaborated on the basis of selected practices to be transferred to each region around the 9 policy instruments selected. To achieve these objectives, MONITORIS3 gathers 6 partners from 6 EU Regions and 1 advisory partner with competences on implementing and/or monitoring S3. 
Lead Partner: ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria
ClusteriX 2.0 is a project financed under the Interreg Europe programme that addresses the improvement of regional innovation policies by making better use of clusters. Over decades clusters have proven to be efficient policy instruments enabling cooperation between industry, research and policy, but ClusteriX 2.0 looks forward into new ways of facilitating intra and inter regional cooperation. This shall be done by focusing on the identification and structured use of complementary industrial and research competences and by introducing new models of innovation through the implementation of strategic cluster partnerships. New models of innovation are needed because globalization and digitalization cause rapidly changing value chains and business models. The policy makers need to be aware of such developments to keep the pace and be able to provide fast and flexible support for emerging industries in order to make/keep a region competitive at global scale.
Lead Partner: NICOSIA DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ANEL)
What is HoCare? Aging of the population is challenge for all EU regions. But it means at the same time also an opportunity for growth and jobs as there is created great potential to deliver innovative solution for home care. Common challenge in all HoCare regions is unlocked potential to delivery innovation it this field. In total, 3 International Thematic Workshops will be organized within HoCare project each covering one thematic sub-objective of the HoCare project. Watch video from 1st International Thematic Workshop (Funchal, 27 January 2017): Watch video from 2nd International Thematic Workshop (Budapest, 27 and 28 March 2017): Watch video from 3rd International Thematic Workshop (Slovenia, 7 and 8 June 2017): Quadruple Helix Approach Objective of HoCare project is to boost delivery of home care innovative solutions in regional innovation chains by strenghtening of cooperation of actors in regional innovation system using Quadruple-helix approach. Quadruple-helix is an innovation cooperation model or innovation environment in which users, businesses, research actors/universities and public authorities cooperate in order to produce innovations - government, industry, academia and civil participants work together to co-create the future and drive structural changes far beyond the scope of what any one organization or person could do alone. This model encompasses also user-oriented innovation models to take full advantage of ideas' cross-fertilisation leading to experimentation and prototyping in real world setting. Policy Change HoCare aims for improvement of relevant Structural Funds thanks to the international policy learning. These improvements are planned to be at strategical level (by governance improvement) as well as practical ones (by support of high quality projects). As result HoCare promises to improve management structures (governance) of 7 Funds. This improvements at strategical levels will be complemented at practical policy level by generation of 10 practical projects funded from tackled Funds. Expected results and Outcomes These results will be achieved mainly thanks to SMART outputs delivered and thanks to 4-dimensional international policy learning process. Initial content for it will be created by partners during Regional analysis, further investigated during 3 International Thematic Workshops. It will formulate 30 transferable Good practices and enable formulation of high-level outputs: 3x HoCare Policy Thematic reports and 3x HoCare Policy Transfer Reports. Collected knowledge will enable project to contribute to EU external policy learning by organizing 2 international and 8 National High-Level Policy Learning events. 800 participants will increase their proffesional capacities thanks to these events. 
Lead Partner: Agency for the development of the Empolese Valdelsa
NMP-REG aims at improving regional policies for delivering innovation in NMP to manufacturing by focusing on policy actions that can support it, using a coordinated action from key players. NMP-REG achieves this through exchanging experiences and Good Practices in a context of interregional activities, communication and stakeholder engagement. Partners develop Action Plans that result in improved policy instruments, more and better-targeted funding, with leverage effect in mobilising private funding; new or better models for innovation delivery thanks to cooperation across the regional innovation chain.
Lead Partner: UAB Reseach Park
Nine European institutions collaborate in the framework of the Interreg Europe Program for the implementation of HIGHER. The project has the objective to improve the innovation framework and the smart specialization strategy of different EU regions. HIGHER will analyze and exchange experiences and good practices on the management and implementation of regional policy instruments designed to promote the innovation projects under the collaboration between research centers, industry and public authorities. The HIGHER project is addressed to achieve innovative models of public private partnerships suitable to mobilize investment in related smart specialization areas and fostering an entrepreneurial discovery process in driving innovation process of the policy instruments. This will be achieved through the analysis of nine policy instruments from one of each region involved in the project to promote the innovation projects under public private partnerships. The partners of the project will evaluate these instruments and try to identify which are their main weaknesses, developing a learning process to overcome the main obstacles around them and enhancing a better and more efficient implementation.  Thought basic methods, as workshops, study visits and thematic summits and developed ones, as joint analysis, peer reviews and e-learning modules, the different regions will exchange the experiences and good practices for the future improvement of the policy instruments of each region.
Lead Partner: Regional Council of Kainuu
Overall objective Overall objective of BRIDGES project is to significantly improve partner regions’ RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery of the structural funds; to benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led Centres of Competence (CC) as RIS3 implementation units. The industry-led focus is Bioeconomy, an industry common to partners’ RIS3. Main challenges BRIDGES partnership is from Finland, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. It combines RIS3 diversification and specialisation regions, contributing to the achievement of the objectives in complementary and synergetic way. BRIDGES regions face challenges deriving from the effectiveness of their RIS3 implementation. In some cases challenges relate to the process of valorising research results, while in other cases to the transformation and renewal of regional economies. The overarching improvement need is for better RIS3 implementation governance, to deal with: 1) relatively weak impact of RIS3 on growth, jobs and regional economy renewal (linked to low upscale investments, research excellence absorptiveness, and exploitation of related variety potential), 2) mismatches between RIS3 productive and RDI bases, 3) distance from and better exploitation of research excellence as a path to further specialisation, 4) restricted resources towards RIS3 impact. Problem addressed BRIDGES wants to primarily break the vicious circle of regional lock ins, dominant in less advanced regions, and restricting the RIS3 impact. By addressing knowledge asymmetries through networked solutions it also contributes to the uptake of commercially unexplored excellence results of the more advanced regions. Thus the RIS3 performance is improved in both types of regions. And thus awareness, methodological and resource gaps between advanced and less advanced regions are bridged, concretely and for the long run. Thus we create or upscale existing paths, i.e. upscaled sources of increasing returns for all the regions. BRIDGES methodology
Lead Partner: UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN - Uni-HB
The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field. Project Goals Establish policy roadmaps that will improve the regions’ innovation ecosystem of advanced materials.  Improving policy instruments that support the innovation ecosystem of advanced materials Improving policy instruments related to the implementation and evaluation of smart specialization strategies Coordinating/aligning regional policies and strategies between sectors to facilitate innovation ecosystems that go beyond administrative regional boundaries The project aims at real changes, and that needs more than simply sharing good practices. For example, one of the project deliverables – the limited mapping tool will soon help different regions align development strategies by reducing overlaps and gaps, and by finding complementarity and opportunities for European collaboration. P2L2 is an Interreg project with the European Commission. For that reason, P2L2 supports the EC’s National/Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). These strategies, among other things, focus on enhancing each region’s particular strengths, competitive advantages and potential for excellence. The project has a budget of 1,748,206.00 Euros. It will last for four years, running from the 1st of April 2016 until the 31st of May, 2020. During this time, partners form each region will compare, collaborate and consult each other on how to improve their respective policy instruments. Each will create an action plan which will be executed and monitored during the latter half of the project’s duration.