We are the Platform established by the European Commission to provide professional advice to EU Member States and regions for the design of their innovation strategies for smart specialisation. Our services include:
- Providing guidance material and good practice examples
- Organising information sessions for policy makers and participating in conferences
- Providing training to policy-makers
- Facilitating peer-reviews
- Supporting access to relevant data
- Participating in high quality research projects to inform strategy formation and policy making
Registration on the Platform is open to all EU regions and Member States. Find out more here.
Smart Specialisation is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for Structural Fund investments in R&I as part of the future Cohesion Policy's contribution to the Europe 2020 jobs and growth agenda.
More generally, smart specialisation involves a process of developing a vision, identifying competitive advantage, setting strategic priorities and making use of smart policies to maximise the knowledge-based development potential of any region, strong or weak, high-tech or low-tech.
This site offers a unique resource and platform for regional development professionals developing such strategies as well as their partners from business and academia.
NEW CALL FOR REGISTRATION: National level peer review will be held on 24-25 June in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop will allow four member states to present their national level RIS3 for reveiw by critical friends from national and regional level. Further information, including registration can be found here.
NEW CALL FOR REGISTRATION: Peer review workshop - 'Tourism as a RIS3 priority' to be held on 4-5 July in Faro, Portugal. Keynote speaker Professor Philip Cooke to reflect on regional path dependency and how to break regional lock-in. Further information, including on registration can be found here.
The report of the pilot workshop on priority-setting and collaboration in ICT is now online.
New call for proposals for demand-side actions for innovations: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/funding and http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/contracts-grants/calls-for-proposals/index_en.htm.
New call for proposals which invites applicants to develop and implement strategic roadmaps of demand-side policy measures with the objective to increase the market uptake of innovations in any market or sector.
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