European Commission guides related to S3 European Commission guides related to S3

In addition to the Smart Specialisation Strategy guides -  for both the Design and Implementation phases - ,  the European Commission has published several other materials related to S3, including the role of universities, broadband investment, the use of incubators and a guide on funding opportunities for research and innovation.

General research & innovation system building & policy tools

Regional Innovation Ecosystems - Learning from the EU´s Cities and Regions

This publication aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. Europe needs more partnering with collaborative power, creative thinking, ecosystems thinking, synthesis, and a stronger focus on outcomes and impact.

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes - Guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies

The guide on synergies between different EU R&I related programmes is an important new addition to the relevant guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies.

Setting up, managing and evaluating EU Science And Technology Parks - An advice and guidance report on good practice (May 2014)

Science and technology park (STP) activity across the EU has approximately doubled over the last 11-12 years, driven by the growth of the longer standing parks and the emergence of new parks. There is now an estimated 366 STPs in the EU member states that manage about 28 million m2 of completed building floor space hosting circa 40,000 organisations that employ approximately 750,000 people, mostly in high value added jobs.

The Guide to Multi-Benefit Cohesion Policy Investments in Nature and Green Infrastructure

The objective of this guide is threefold. First, showing that investments in nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure are relevant for cohesion policy. Second, emphasising how investments in nature and green infrastructure can actually contribute to several policy objectives and deliver multiple benefits, in particular socio-economic development. Third, assisting authorities and stakeholders with practical recommendations to improve the delivery of cohesion policy programmes and projects.

Innovation - How to convert research into commercial success?

The report includes two studies on the commercialisation process and innovation successes in EU-funded projects in the field of industrial technologies, as well as an innovation management guide for practitioners. A section analysing EU-funded research projects in the field of industrial technologies looks at the various routes to innovation and analyses the impact factors of successful commercialisation in EU-funded R&D projects in industrial technologies. Case studies on knowledge transfer and market oriented exploitation are also provided.

Connecting Smart and Sustainable Growth through Smart Specialisation

A practical guide for ERDF Managing Authorities (November 2012) - The Europe 2020 strategy is built on the three objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to be implemented as 'three mutually reinforcing priorities'. In order to deliver on these goals and provide a response to the economic and financial crisis, it is of utmost importance that all involved actors connect these areas of action, involving all relevant stakeholders, developing synergies and boosting the added-value of public investments.

Guide on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3 Guide)

This guide is targeted at Structural Funds Managing Authorities, policy-makers and regional development professionals. It sets out the concept of smart specialisation and provides orientations on how to develop research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

How can cultural and creative industries contribute to economic transformation through smart specialisation?

Cultural and creative industries are in a strategic position to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities. While some EU regions have been very good at tapping into this extraordinary potential as a way to promote socio-economic development - including through the use of EU Structural Funds -, it however appears that many others have not been making most of this potential.

Driving energy efficient innovation through procurement

This guide has been drafted for the Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry by the SMART SPP consortium, c/o ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and is aimed at assisting public authorities in becoming "innovation-friendly" – that is achieving the most innovative, energy efficient solutions within their procurement actions, particularly through increased dialogue with suppliers and producers.

Connecting Universities to Regional Growth: A Practical Guide

This guide is intended to help improve the contribution of universities to regional development, with a view to strengthening the economic, social and territorial cohesion, in a sustainable way. While the primary target users of the guide are the Managing Authorities, it is expected that Regional Authorities and other bodies engaged with local and regional development will also find it of value.

Digital growth

Enhancing Access to, and the Use and Quality of ICT

Member States that are providing investments into ICT through ESIF funds are obliged to develop a specific Strategy Policy Framework for Digital Growth if the aim is to develop different ICT products and services; and to enhance the demand for ICT.

Broadband Investment Guide

The broadband investment guide will help local, regional and national authorities to develop long-term development plans to bring fast internet to their communities

The Digital Agenda Toolbox

The Digital Agenda Toolbox provides support to regional and national authorities to develop a thorough understanding of the digital growth potential stemming from the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). It highlights the opportunities Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entails as a key element in their national or regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and related Operational Programmes (OPs).

Assessment Grid for Evaluating Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth & Next Generation Network Plans

This assessment grid follows a step by step approach to evaluate Strategic Policy Frameworks for Digital Growth and Next Generation Network (NGN) plans.

Governance structure and stakeholder involvement

Smart Guide to Cluster Policy

This practical guide is for public authorities and stakeholders interested in how to make better use of clusters for promoting regional industrial modernisation, supporting the growth of SMEs and encouraging smart specialisation. It explains what cluster and cluster policies are and what they are not, what makes them successful, why they matter, and presents eight Do's and Don'ts. Further, it showcases four Smart Cluster Stories, several cluster programme examples and practical instruments of modern cluster policies.

Priority setting

Smart Guide on Regional Transport Innovation Strategy

This policy document builds on the RIS3 Guide and the Digital Agenda Toolbox and provides useful guidance for analysing different innovation areas in transport by giving specific examples and roadmaps how they can be implemented.

Regional analysis of preconditions for RIS3

New Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation (Funding opportunities until 2013)

This Guide provides potential recipients of EU funding for research and innovation with the practical information they need to access this funding. It also provides decision-makers with a full picture of all the funding opportunities available until 2013.

SME innovation

Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation

This guide is addressed to national, regional and local stakeholders interested in promoting regional innovation and competitiveness through the use of information and communication technology (ICT), with a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Guidance for public authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation

The European Union is actively supporting Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) through a number of policies, linked to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Supporting the internationalisation of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. Within the EU they account for 99 % of all businesses, 67 % of all jobs in the private sector, as much as 85 % of all newly created jobs and some 59 % of the value added by the economy.

Regional policy for smart growth of SMEs

The purpose of this guide is to extract policy lessons from the past decades of Structural Fund, national and regional support for SMEs into a comprehensive guide with the aim to help ERDF managing authorities and regional penholders of any RIS3 design a policy mix that supports enterprises in maximising objectives and opportunities.

Building Entrepreneurial Mindsets and Skills in the EU

Transversal competences like creativity, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship are vital for innovation to reach the market. Entrepreneurship skills and attitudes should therefore be fostered in students and researchers to develop their proactivity, flexibility, autonomy, the capacity to manage projects and achieve results.

The Smart Guide to Innovation-Based Incubators (IBI)

Innovation-based incubation is not the most recent subject in Europe per se. it is over a quarter of a century that the European Commission has triggered the phenomena through the establishment of policies and actions aimed at boosting innovation within Europe as a method to support regional development practices and SME competitiveness.

European Assistance for Innovation Procurement

eafip will assist public procurers (ministries, local authorities, universities, hospitals, public utility companies, etc.) to implement innovation procurements (PCP / PPI) for ICT based solutions across the European Union.

Service Innovation

The Smart Guide to Service Innovation

The guide aims to illustrate how strategic regional public support can offer small and medium-sized enterprises a favourable environment and support them to better capitalise on service innovation in view of staying competitive in global value chains that include both manufacturing and services.

Social Innovation

Guide to Social Innovation

Social innovations are new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (care, education, employment, work organisation, urban, environment …) more effectively than alternatives and create new social relationships or collaborations. Social innovations are social in both their ends and their means (user-driven, co-creation, civil society involvement, …). They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance society's capacity to act.

Strategy development

Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies: A Handbook

The handbook aims at taking stock of the Smart Specialisation experience and presenting its current state of the art, both in terms of conceptual developments and practical implementation.