Direct EU support actions Direct EU support actions

The different regional partnerships established under the Platform will benefit from a number of EU support actions along each of the three phases.

 

 

 

Preparatory steps for setting up a Thematic Area

  • S3 Platform Support CentreOpen or Close

    The Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform managed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre aims to facilitate an open process for interregional collaboration on business-driven investments, for agreed innovation themes within a number of strategic thematic areas including Industrial Modernisation. The specific role of the S3 Platform is to provide direct assistance to EU regions to initiate interregional partnerships as well as to structure the subsequent process.
    The S3 Platform offers direct analytical and technical support for the pre-selection of the regions, organises Calls for Expressions of Interest, guides through the development of a work phases and provides dedicated consulting support to each partnership throughout its operation. The support also includes the development of mapping and other intelligence methodologies and tools to be made available to the regions and more general to the community of policy makers. Due to its extensive expertise in the area of transnational and interregional mutual learning, the S3 Platform promotes exchange of information between regional authorities and regional actors (including clusters, businesses, and academia) by helping these develop new value chains through collaboration, matchmaking and joint investment.

    Further information on all support actions and contact details
  • Services by RIS3 expertsOpen or Close

    The provision of service contracts with experts working in a broad range of smart specialisation domains is a flexible instrument to help the regional partnerships under the S3P-Industry to develop their Thematic Area scoping note, and a first action plan that will be sequentially further elaborated and implemented with the support of other EU actions.
    Such expert contracts can provide free of charge short-term advisory support services limited to 15-30 days once a regional partnership has submitted their Expression of Interest and all requested criteria are fulfilled. The assignment is based on a list of experts that contains more than 350 pre-selected qualified experts who are selected through an open procedure. Such service contracts are a quick procedure to mobilise quickly expert support especially at the initial phase of a regional partnership.

Mapping of competences and matching of business opportunities

  • ReConfirmOpen or Close

    ReConfirm is designed specifically to assist European regions and industrial stakeholders working together to develop and implement their action plan under a Thematic Area of the S3P-Industry.
    Support actions to be provided through this project include:

    • • Mapping of common areas of interest in all regions participating in a Thematic Area on which they would be interested to design joint actions and there is potential to develop industrial investment projects;

    • • Organisation of matchmaking events between the regions involved in a Thematic Area to facilitate the elaboration of a joint implementation plan;

    • • Assistance to regions launching Calls for expression of interest to mobilise industrial stakeholders interested to work together on common or complementary challenges;

    • • Support collaboration between industry, clusters and other stakeholders to foster the development of EU value chains and investment projects;

    • • Targeted promotion and communication activities, notably in EU lagging behind regions.

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  • KETs ObservatoryOpen or Close

    During the course of 2017 and 2018, the KETs Observatory will issue 12 analytical reports on promising KETs based products in which Europe has to position itself to become/stay an innovation leader.
    These analytical reports will be based on value chain analyses and can nurture the S3P-Industry, providing intelligence in innovation areas where regions could team up and invest together.

  • European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial ChangeOpen or Close

    The European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change (that will follow-up from the European Cluster Observatory in summer 2017) will be a single access point for statistical information, analysis and mapping of clusters, cluster policy and industrial change in Europe, aimed foremost at European, national, regional and local policy-makers as well as cluster managers and representatives of SME intermediaries. The Observatory will continue to promote evidence-based policies for the development of more world-class clusters, facilitating SMEs' access to clusters and internationalisation activities, accelerate industrial modernisation and boost entrepreneurship in emerging industries as well as to promote mutual cluster policy learning and cross-regional collaboration.
    In the framework of the S3P-Industry, the Observatory will provide advisory support and analysis to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments.

    Further information
  • Interreg EuropeOpen or Close

    INTERREG Europe supports cooperation and learning among policy-makers at national and regional levels to develop joint agendas, prepare and coordinate ERDF projects (under national and regional operational programmes), allows to carry out studies, gather information, organise events, etc. in order to improve the performance of regional development policy instruments and implementation.

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  • Knowledge Exchange PlatformOpen or Close

    The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a co-operation between the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission's DG for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). Its main objective is to present new solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to the numerous societal challenges facing local and regional authorities (LRAs) in Europe today.
    Four potential areas of cooperation and knowledge exchange have mutually been identified by the DG RTD and the CoR: Bioeconomy; Key Enabling Technologies; Energy; Public Sector Innovation. The KEP can bring into the platform the Committee of the regions member that have signalled to be interested in re-industrialisation of their cities and regions.

  • TAIEX Regio peer-2-peerOpen or Close

    TAIEX Regio peer-2-peer is a tool designed to share expertise between bodies that manage funding under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund. It helps public officials involved in the management of these funds to exchange knowledge, good practice and practical solutions to concrete problems thus improving their administrative capacity and ensuring better results for the EU investments. Only Public institutions involved in the management of the ERDF or Cohesion Fund can request support for expert missions, study visits and single or multi-country workshops.

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Industry cooperation and design of projects

  • European Cluster Collaboration PlatformOpen or Close

    The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is the European hub facilitating cluster cooperation within and beyond the EU. The Platform provides networking support for over 500 cluster organisations and their members aiming to increase their competitiveness through the stimulation of trans-national and international cooperation. It offers unique services to map and profile themselves, exchange experience and search for potential partners across Europe and increasingly worldwide – either by sectors, emerging industries, technologies or smart specialisation (S3) priority areas.
    The Platform promotes international cooperation through updated information on the cluster landscape in strategic third countries and organise international cluster matchmaking events bringing delegations of European clusters to meet peers from third countries and initiate cooperation for the benefit of their SMEs in the context of major international trade fairs.

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  • European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-S3)Open or Close

    This action will pilot the implementation of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments in the context of the S3P-Industry. A call for proposals with a budget of 2.8 million Euro will be published in the first half of 2017 to support at least eight Partnerships.
    It aims to boost the collaboration of enterprises, notably SMEs, across regions towards generating joint actions and investment projects in common thematic priority areas linked to industrial modernisation and help to improve their business environment. A call for expression of interest has already been published under the European Cluster Collaboration Platform to facilitate the partnering of cluster organisations and shape such Partnerships.

    Further information
  • European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial ChangeOpen or Close

    The European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change (that will follow-up from the European Cluster Observatory in summer 2017) will be a single access point for statistical information, analysis and mapping of clusters, cluster policy and industrial change in Europe, aimed foremost at European, national, regional and local policy-makers as well as cluster managers and representatives of SME intermediaries. The Observatory will continue to promote evidence-based policies for the development of more world-class clusters, facilitating SMEs' access to clusters and internationalisation activities, accelerate industrial modernisation and boost entrepreneurship in emerging industries as well as to promote mutual cluster policy learning and cross-regional collaboration.
    In the framework of the S3P-Industry, the Observatory will provide advisory support and analysis to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments.

    Further information
  • Horizon 2020 innov. actionsOpen or Close

    The main aim is to develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.
    The projects will contribute to regional smart specialisation strategies by capitalising upon concentrated and complementary competences for the development of new industrial value chains and emerging industries with a clear EU added-value.
    The coordination and facilitation is led by cluster organisations and other intermediary organisations, by following a systemic approach that combines different resources, tools and instruments.
    Overall budget for 2014-2020: around EUR 130 million. Each project is co-funded between EUR 2.5-5 million.
    For each INNOSUP funded project, at least 75% of the total proposed budget shall be allocated to support innovation in SMEs directly.

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  • WATIFY awareness campaignOpen or Close

    Watify is an awareness raising campaign for the modernisation of Europe's Industry (2016-2018) that supports the digital transformation of Industry and enterprises and their uptake of Key Enabling Technologies. The campaign specifically targets SMEs in manufacturing, healthcare, finance and creative industries as well as mechanical engineering, construction, tourism, retail and agro-food that can drive economic and/or social value by creating and using novel digital and advanced technologies.
    40 matchmaking events will be organised that bring together public and private stakeholders from different regions to explore how they can translate their national and regional policies and priorities for smart specialisation and technological transformation into joint high-quality projects and smart investments in industrial modernisation and new value chains. WATIFY is also co-organising some 240 awareness raising events with European, national, and regional partners with a specific focus on those areas that are lagging behind in the uptake of new technological solutions.
    The campaign is being promoted and supported through a dedicated website (watify.eu) and through extensive use of social media, notably WATIFY Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • (Digital) Innovation HubsOpen or Close

    The Digitising European Industry Strategy aims to ensure that any business in Europe should have access to a Digital Innovation Hub at ‘a working distance’ (i.e. within a form and location convenient for their day-to-day business). Digital Innovation Hubs can be instrumental for industrial modernisation. If they already exist within a region, they can be seen as a support service for the S3P-Industry. However, if they do not exist they could be the intended outcome of the investment project.
    A Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) helps companies become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products (and services) by means of digital technology. DIHs achieve this by offering services to the companies based on the expertise and facilities related to certain technologies (e.g. robotics, photonics, High Performance Computing, Data analysis, Simulation, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, Cybersecurity, 5G…) or a combination thereof and offer companies possibilities to test and experiment with these technologies, or to manufacture innovative products, also exploiting leading edge scientific and technological advances. They act as broker between user companies with certain needs and technology suppliers that can address these needs, respecting the intellectual property of the participating companies in the innovation experiments. Apart from a focus on technologies, a DIH may be focusing as well on certain sectors, for instance on agriculture, textile, construction, etc. The catalogue of Digital Innovation Hubs can be found here: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/digital-innovation-hubs-tool

    I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs) is an initiative in the context of the Factories of the Future H2020 programme. Through a call for proposals several Digital Innovation Hubs have been set up. These hubs are launching smaller call for innovation experiments where a value chain of SMEs can work together to master test out new digital technologies for improving their production processes or business processes. Call for experiments may be found on http://www.i4ms.eu.

    In addition, an online map of EU technology centres sharing their equipment and expertise in key enabling technologies with companies is publicly available and can be used by (1) Public authorities and national or regional innovation support services to SMEs and clusters, to get an overview of the technology centres and expertise available to SMEs, (2) SMEs, to find the right contact person for getting technology services and expertise anywhere in Europe and (3) Technology centres, to promote their expertise and service offer and explore opportunities to collaborate with other centres.

    SMEs' Access to Key Enabling Technologies Digital Innovation Hubs I4MS
  • European Pilot Production NetworkOpen or Close

    The European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) is being established as coordination platform in the area of nanotechnology and advanced materials upscaling and pilot actions. EPPN will help exploiting on the synergies and maximising the impact of the various investments into innovation from H2020, starting with the "Pilot project" investments of the NMBP programme, but with the aim to reach further.
    The aim of the European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) is to provide infrastructure and advisory services to industry, with access for SME's and start-ups under favourable (subsidised) conditions, hereby boosting investments, maximising the impact of the ongoing upscaling activities and facilitating market access.
    EPPN activities are planned to include mapping current pilot line projects, identifying specific needs and coordinating joint actions in a number of areas addressing finance, market, training, technical collaboration, dissemination and Policy. The EPPN activities will provide practical examples of relevance for implementing the S3 philosophy. EPPN will especially help on the creation of regional Innovation Hubs and their value-chain and cross-border networking.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Advisory servicesOpen or Close

    The aim of this action is to establish a virtual European advanced manufacturing support centre which will:

    • provide to manufacturing SMEs practical information, advice and support on how to transform their company towards a smart factory having a more competitive and sustainable manufacturing production process;

    • set up learning networks of next-generation of "factories of the future" to become the inspiring examples for other manufacturing companies.

    The support centre will be established at the end of 2017 and work closely with clusters and regions that are active under any relevant Thematic Area of the S3P-Industry.

Business Plan and Funding mix

  • ERDF technical assistanceOpen or Close

    Technical assistance budgets are available to help stakeholders implement ERDF-funded programmes and projects. Each ERDF Managing Authority has such technical assistance budgets to pay for preparation, management, evaluation, monitoring, audit and control or ERDF projects.
    Further information can be obtained by contacting the relevant ERDF Managing Authority.

    ERDF Managing Authorities
  • Financial assistance facilityOpen or Close

    The action will set up and manage a 3-year EU scheme providing technical and financial assistance to cross-regional networks of businesses to overcome obstacles on the path to investment readiness.

  • IPR HelpdeskOpen or Close

    The European IPR Helpdesk is a project funded by the European Commission under the current Horizon 2020 programme that supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and IP assets at an EU level.
    Offering a broad range of informative material, a Helpline service for direct IP support and on-site and online training, the European IPR Helpdesk's main goal is to support IP capacity building along the full scale of IP practices: from awareness to strategic use and successful exploitation. This strengthening of IP competencies focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates in EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for an increased translation of IP into the EU innovation ecosystem.

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  • EIB advisory servicesOpen or Close

    The European Investment Advisory Hub is Europe’s gateway to investment support! A joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank under the Investment Plan for Europe, the Hub offers a single access point to a 360 degree offer of advisory and technical assistance services with the aim of strengthening Europe's investment and business environment.

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