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.