The EDP is not a once and for all process: it should be practically extended beyond the priority identification phase, namely the design phase of the S3. This can be done through targeted investment in collaborative projects with potential to involve more than one priority area.
The French region Franche-Comté which has been recently integrated in the broader entity Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region identified its S3 priority areas - including microsystems and micro-techniques for the luxury industries - through a process that combined both numerous interactions between the regional government and the industry and statistical mapping of the regional structures.
The regional government has been further pursuing stakeholder mobilisation within priority areas by stimulating and supporting new collaborative projects. Following a call for proposals and an evaluation completed by a committee of experts external to the region, three large scale projects involving firms and research partners were selected and are currently carried out.
While each of these projects operates its own way, they constitute platforms for supporting potential synergies and spillovers between their respective priority areas, in this way allowing for new cross-cutting activities to be discovered and possibly become new targets for policy support. One agent conveying these spillovers is the Femto-ST Research Institute of the University of Franche-Comté which is involved in all projects.
See the region’s ERDF-ESF 2014-2020 operational programme webpage (in French)
Entrepreneurial discovery process, continuous EDP, priorities, universities