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Lead Partner: Emilia-Romagna Region - General Directorate for Knowledge, Labour and Enterprise Economy
INKREASE - Innovation and Knowledge for REgional Actions and Systems - aims at improving innovation delivery capacity of participating regions. The project's main goal is to mainstream, into the different regional strategies of partners, policies and tools to increase the capacities of the various innovation ecosystems, reinforce the collaboration between research and business communities and exploit the economic valorization processes of research results. INKREASE learning process tackles aspects related to: Management of structured innovation networks and clusters;Appropriate tools and mechanisms to leverage business investments in research and innovation;New and more effective governance models;Sector specific needs. INKREASE has a clear focus on the challenges emerging from RIS3 and the identification and development of new value chains to support research-enterprise cooperation. Good practices on governance models, industry-science relations management schemes, business clustering and networking experiences are taken as inspiration for the regional Action Plans. UPDATE : The project entered its "Phase 2" in April 2019 After 3 years of sharing experiences, good practices, policies and visits of European Innovation Ecosystems. Partners have presented their Regional Action Plans during the Mid-Term Conference in Bologna in March 2019. Those plans have been inspired by partners good practices and designed to fit regional needs and ambitions. They will be implemented the next 2 years, until the end of the project.
Lead Partner: Digital Nièvre Joint Authority
ERUDITE partners had all successfully extended High Speed Broadband infrastructure to reach increasing numbers of urban and rural communities and enable all stakeholders to contribute and benefit from the digital economy and society. Our aim in the project was to create new community partnerships to create new services that would fully exploit the economic and social potential of these networks and respond to real public, private and community needs. ERUDITE partners have created these new services through a tailor made methodology combining open innovation and social return on investment processes which has enabled partners to build partnerships between businesses, citizens and public administrations, empowering them to innovate and plan together to optimise value and benefits. ERUDITE has defined sustainable business models for digital service development and deployment by involving multiple stakeholders in design, delivery and ownership of services, reassuring investors by demonstrating wider and most importantly, measurable social, environmental and economic benefits ERUDITE partners recognised that whilst digitalization and development of innovation capacity are essential elements of current policy instruments, the exploitation of new digital opportunities to support employment growth, quality of life and territorial attractiveness had been insubstantial. ERUDITE partners concluded that the development, design and implementation of effective digital services in Europe required an innovative re-thinking of all the processes involved in their creation and through integrating digital demand stimulation with digital education and training raising the capacity of all European communities to digitally innovate and deliver social and economic growth. ERUDITE in 1 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwjAneu9D9c
Lead Partner: The Baltic Institute of Finland
EU industry renewal, competitiveness and internationalisation through industry-led interrregional coooperation In the S34Growth project, 10 European regions from 8 countries develop an innovative interregional element to their structural fund policy instruments, supporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness. Within Vanguard Inititiave - New Growth through Smart Specialisation, the S34Growth partners have been pioneering a new approach to European industry-led interregional cooperation since late 2013. Key messages Supporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitivenessEmphasising the importance of industry-led interregional collaborationNew kind of interregional cooperation linking value chains across Europe and improving commercialisation and product & service development
Lead Partner: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
SmartPilots' objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy. The bio-economy adresses societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable economic growth and energy independence. The bio-economy enables the sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceutical products, materials, food, feed and energy from renewable raw materials. Shared pilot facilities (SPF) are open access test sites that bring bio-economy innovations from the laboratory into industrial practice. They are open to all companies and research institutes, and can thus be seen as shared investments in innovation equipment. They have proven to be successful in helping innovators, especially SMEs, to bridge the so-called Valley of Death, i.e. the innovation phase between between laboratory and successful market introduction, that comes with a high technological and financial risk. Typically, initial funding from governments is available to build a Shared Pilot Facility, but it is a challenge to safeguard their long-term existence, especially since bio-economy is relatively new and dedicated policies are currently lacking in many regions. SmartPilots aims to improve regional policies to provide support in a cost-effective and impact oriented manner. This will be done by: Optimizing direct support for shared pilot facilitiesOptimizing indirect support i.e. direct support for users of shared pilot facilitiesFacilitating interregional cooperation regarding Shared Pilot Facilities. The Shared Pilot Facilities and regions involved are Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation from Flanders (Belgium), Centre for Process Innovation from Tees Valley (UK), VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd from Helsinki (Finland), Bioprocess Pilot Facility and Provincie Zuid Holland (the Netherlands), Innovhub SSI from Lombardy (Italy) and ARD (France) and Fraunhofer CBP (Germany) as Case Studies.
Lead Partner: SPRI - Basque Business Development Agency (until 12/11/2018, SPRI - Society for Competitive Transformation S.A’)
Project background - WHY? Regional authorities across Europe are aware of the challenges and issues regarding SMEs dimension. And they know the importance of the contribution that can be expected from competent cluster organisations supported by a cluster policy. CLUSTERS3 project engages seven regional and national authorities. All of them are willing to learn and improve their practices from this project. Participation of TCI Network of practitioners and experts as advisory partner reveals also the interest of this issue at a larger scale. Project objective - WHAT?  CLUSTERS3 main objective is to improve the implementation of cluster policies and their coordination with other competitiveness related policies, in the framework of RIS3, boosting Growth and Job creation through the insertion of SMEs in Global Value Chains. Project methodology - HOW? Watch the video to know more about Clusters3 project!
Lead Partner: Ministry of Economy, Sciences and Digitalisation Saxony-Anhalt
The promotion of innovation in chemical related areas is an important objective of the partner regions, which have highlighted these topics in their RIS as basis for ERDF innovation funding from 2014 until 2020. Chemical innovations are important for many downstream industries and help to find solutions for societal challenges in areas such as new materials, energy, alternative feedstock, etc.   The project wants to improve the implementation of RIS with focus on chemical related topics with the help of interregional exchange of experiences and mutual learning between public authorities from seven European chemical regions. Chemical companies and relevant research institutions should be supported to better access ERDF innovation funding. The governance of the RIS in the chemical related innovation areas should be improved in close cooperation with triple helix clusters and networks. The partners will change the strategic focus of their policy instruments based on good experiences from the whole partnership. The main beneficiaries of the project will be responsible public authorities (e.g. ministries of economy) that will improve policy instruments for innovation funding in chemical related sectors, based on the good experiences from European partners. Furthermore companies and research entities working in these areas will also benefit from better regional funding for promotion of R&D and Innovation. The main outputs of the project's first phase are: 12 Interregional working group meetings, 8 site visits, 6 peer review workshops, 40 regional innovation stakeholder meetings, 5 thematic studies focussing on RIS development, stakeholder involvement, project generation, financing instruments and monitoring. Finally, 7 action plans have been developed to describe concrete improvements of policy instruments. Their implementation will be monitored in the final 2 years of the project duration.
Lead Partner: Region Vasterbotten
The OSIRIS-project improves design, rapid delivery and implementation of open and social innovation policies and action plans. Each partner in the project will create an action plan. This plan should address how open and social innovation should be utilised when creating and implementing regional development strategies. This especially concerns strategies aimed at increasing inclusion. During the course of the project, partners learn from each other, exchanging experiences regarding the methods and models that can help this happen. OSIRIS addresses essential challenges of seven public bodies in Europe: North (SE, FI), South (IT, PT, GR), East (SK) and West (NL). The challenges are referring to: employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy. They all run Good Practices (GP) on Open and Social Innovation (OSI). Policy Instruments (PIs) need implementation of more effective Smart Specialization Strategies enhancing border-crossing interregional media solutions, visualizing and disseminating improvements and changes, increasing involvement for regional growth and employment. OSIRIS aims at improving design, rapid delivery and implementation of OSI policies and Action plans through co-creative regional eco-systems for innovation, inspired by the Lead Partner co-creative cyclic GP, the Innovation Loop. Policy-makers’ innovation management skills and co-creativity will be accelerated by interregional collaboration in focussed sectors and disciplines, adopting the penta-helix model (Government-Research-Business-Citizens-Society), empowering the Public Information Sector. A set of co-creative workshops for participatory policy design and exchange of knowledge, ensure individual, organizational and stakeholders involvement and learning, resulting in identification and implementation of desirable changes in the seven PIs, supported by ERDF/ESF. The 54 months project develops policy-makers’ capacities to: • exploit and optimize the potential of OSI methods and tools for delivering innovation policies addressing real life issues and societal challenges • get shared visions for designing new projects, services and products • make regional and local governments driving co-design enabled innovation. Outputs from the co-creative workshops, the export of successful GPs and the strategic policy recommendations iteratively developed and intertwined with proactive research and innovation will enhance the evolution of powerful Action Plans (AP) boosting societal quality of life And here is a video to give you an overview of the results and long term impact of the project.
Lead Partner: County Administrative board of Östergötland
We aim to improve SMEs uptake of Environmentally Sustainable Innovations (ESIs) into their business. For that the regions need to work further on how to develop models such as the cooperative business support model, where the focus should be on possible measures for business development and how companies can evolve towards an Environmentally Driven Export Market (EDEM) while working together with the whole chain of support and in close interaction with the SMEs themselves. Herein lays a need to create an international network of contacts concerning how public and private bodies can work on these issues in order to improve policy delivery for an Environmentally Driven Business Development of SMEs. EDBD implies an instrumental meaning; the purpose is to develop the businesses by developing the environmental dimension in their use of technology, in their business dealings, and their markets, i.e. the environmental aspect is a tool to develop business. As such, EDBD does not only include Clean Technologies, but also product development in other fields of business that utilize an environmentally friendly approach. The above will be accomplished thru exchange of experiences and practices, benchmarking and analysis of challenges and needs.
Lead Partner: Municipality of Prato
The textile and clothing sector in Europe includes 173,000 companies with a turnover of €165 billion, employing 1.87 million people. The sector’s competitiveness is linked to innovation and technology development and more recently, sustainability and environmentally-friendly production. Production uses high levels of raw materials, water, energy and chemicals and often generates air, water and soil pollution through untreated effluent and waste, which can have a big impact on the environment. New, sustainable approaches are being developed and adopted by textile and clothing companies across the EU. Informing stakeholders and policy makers about these good practices would allow those solutions to be adopted in other regions. What is RESET? RESET is an Interreg Europe project which aims to change the way European Structural Fund policies and programmes are implemented in the partners’ regions. Its key objective is to improve regional policies and promote a more sustainable approach to production in the textile and clothing sector. This includes the creation, management and enhancement of the Research and Development and Innovation infrastructures required to develop greener and more sustainable textile and clothing products and processes which will different these regions from their competitors. RESET addresses 6 key themes: Recycling in textile and waste disposalWater consumption and energy saving, sustainable company organisations New sustainable chemistry, including reduction of chemical substances Smart textiles and new ways of production Eco-creativity, natural fibres, short value chainsNew materials and new applications  What will RESET do?  Each RESET partner will develop an Action Plan detailing how policy instruments are to be improved in each region, indicating the actions, timeframe, players, possible costs and funding sources required. They will be embedded into the participating regions’ National and Structural Fund Programmes with the aim of significantly reducing the environmental impact of textile and clothing production across Europe whilst increasing the competitiveness of the sector.  </iframe><br></span><br></p>
Lead Partner: Brainport Development N.V.
A challenge for us all Innovation is a game-changer. And innovation in healthcare  is not only a life-saver, but it improves and enhances the quality of people’s lives.The result is a population in Europe whose proportion of  citizens aged 65 and older is projected to double over the next 50 years. Paradoxically, then, this innovation has also presented us with the considerable societal challenge of today and tomorrow: how can healthcare systems be made sustainable in the face of an exponential rise in longevity, taking account of the need for care, affordability and management of scarce resources?It is a challenge that affects us all – from government to citizen, from industry to hospital ward. And the solution is one that requires the engagement and participation of all parties.