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HESS exploratory meetings in Severen Tsentralen (Bulgaria)

As a key first step in a HESS case study, focussed on strengthening the involvement of universities in the definition of local development...

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The latest region to register is the Ruse Province (BG).

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The latest region to register is North Rhine-Westphalia (DE).

Watify webinars in November

Webinars organised this month on Digital Transformation in Olympic Games, AI and Robotics for the Digital Age, HPC and Social Innovation and...

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Albania has registered to the S3 Platform.
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S3 Targeted Support S3 Targeted Support

Supporting the refinement and implementation of national and regional RIS3s

The design and implementation of research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation are complex and challenging undertakings. Appropriate structures and practices for the governance of research and innovation must be in place, and can combine existing tools, procedures and knowledge with more novel approaches.  Working in close cooperation with regional and national administrations, a number of S3P activities seek to support RIS3 processes, and their interaction with other research and innovation funding processes.

Combined with analysis of relevant national and regional characteristics, this strand of activity involves more "hands-on" engagement with national and regional stakeholders, working in close collaboration with the "quadruple helix." Consequently, trust and commitment among stakeholders are at the core of this work, and underpin the sustained impact of its positive outcomes. Specific activities focus on addressing bottlenecks to RIS3 implementation, identifying and seeking to overcome administrative, legal as and technical barriers and are tailored to particular needs, such as those of less developed and rural areas. 

By carrying such out activities in selected national and regional contexts over several months, this work aims to provide a robust basis for wider application of the tools developed and the lessons generated, as well as building local capacity for S3 implementation and the use of different funding combinations to achieve desired objectives. The practical orientation of these activities also puts to the test more theoretical perspectives on smart specialisation. 

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Digital Innovation Hubs and Smart Specialisation Workshops

On the 28th the S3 Platform organised a workshop on the topic of Smart Specialisation and Digital Innovation Hubs in the Brussels EIT House. Around 30...

Università, Alta Formazione e Smart Specialisation in Puglia: i progetti HESS e Targeted Support

The JRC and Regione Puglia have been collaborating on a set of activities, as part of the JRC project of “Targeted Support for RIS3 Implementation” since...

Third meeting of the working group on RIS3 monitoring in lagging regions

This event concludes a set of three meetings in which the partner regions of the project RIS3 Support in Lagging Regions have discussed and advanced their...

Seminar on synergies between funding in the aeronautics field

Seminar with the Member States and Regions on Synergies with ESIF in Aviation/Aeronautics

RIS3 in Warminsko Mazurskie

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Publications Publications

Reconciling Smart Specialisation Strategies with State aid – Not an Impossible Mission

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal Péter Staviczky, Fatime Barbara Hegyi
This article highlights the relevance of State aid law both for policy makers and aid grantors when implementing smart specialisation strategies (S3).

Smart specialisation, seizing industrial opportunities

Antonio Vezzani, Marco Baccan, Alina Candu, Alessio Castelli, Mafini Dosso, Petros Gkotsis
This study offers a novel analytical approach to inform the regional search for new industrial opportunities, as promoted by Smart Specialisation within...

Higher Education for Smart Specialisation: The Case of North East Romania

Elisabetta Marinelli, John Edwards, Cosmina Mironov

Higher Education for Smart Specialisation The Case of Navarre, Spain

Igor Campillo, Eskarne Arregui-Pabollet, Javier Gómez Prieto
This report gathers the main findings extracted from the Navarre case study carried out in the framework of the Higher Education and Smart Specialisation...

Digital Innovation Hubs: Mainstreaming Digital Innovation Across All Sectors

Roundtable on Digitising European Industry Working Group 1
DEI Working Group 1 focuses on Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) as a means of supporting businesses, and notably SMEs and non-tech industry, in their...
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