Call for Expression of Interest for Thematic Partnerships to Pilot Interregional Innovation Projects
On 18th July, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Strengthening innovation in Europe's regions: towards resilient, inclusive and sustainable territorial growth strategies" (COM(2017)376 final) which called for intensified efforts to reform regional innovation systems, including through making better use of policy instruments such as clusters or digital innovation hubs to support research and business collaboration. In the frame of this initiative the Commission proposed launching two pilot actions by the end of 2017 on "Interregional innovation projects".
The EU has a crucial role to play in supporting all regions and Member States to activate their potential for innovation, competitiveness and sustainable jobs and growth.
In recent years the Commission has called on national and regional authorities to develop smart specialisation strategies for research and innovation. The aim was to encourage all European regions to identify their specific competitive advantages, as a basis for prioritising research and innovation investment under cohesion policy in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Deadline: 31 October 2017, 23:00h CET