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BRAND-NEW INTERACTIVE TOOL S3 Inter-regional Trade and Competition Tool --> link

The S3 Tools section of this website now features a fully interactive web-based application for the visualization and the analysis of inter-regional trade flows and the competitive position of regions in Europe. The purpose of the S3 Inter-regional Trade and Competition Tool is to improve our capacities to assess regional assets and analyse a region's economic position as a first fundamental step in the process of building place-based and evidence-based regional policies and Smart Specialisation Strategies.

S3P ONLINE SURVEY on Examples of Successful Inter-regional and Trans-national R&I Partnerships

The S3 Platform is launching an online survey on examples of successful inter-regional and trans-national R&I partnerships implementing past and current innovation strategies. Your proposals will serve for the establishment of a repository of cases which will then allow discussing practices applied in order to find possible supporting instruments and measures tackling the bottle-necks of trans-national R&I cooperation. The most inspiring and relevant examples will presented at various upcoming events. The S3 Cooperation survey is available here. We have extended the S3P online survey until 28 February 2015.

What we can do for you What we can do for you

We are the Platform established by the European Commission to provide professional advice to EU countries and regions for the design of their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). 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


Read more about the S3 Platform

Registered Country and Regions
  • EU Countries registered in S3P: 15
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 154
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 5
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 55
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded S3 Priorities: 24
  • EU Regions with encoded S3 Priorities: 175
  • Non-EU Countries with encoded R&I Priorities: 6
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded R&I Priorities: 18

What is smart specialisation? What is smart specialisation?

Smart specialisation is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support to Research and Innovation (R&I). It will be the basis for European Structural and Investment Fund interventions in R&I as part of the current Regional and 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 policy-makers and professionals developing such strategies as well as their partners from business, academia and the civil society.

Read the Smart Specialisation Fact-Sheet

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Event highlights Event highlights

The S3 Platform is organising a High Level Conference on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Monitoring Implementation in Seville, on 6 March 2015. The Conference in hosted by the Regional Government of Andalusia and will bring together experts, policy makers and EU, national and regional representatives. The European Commissioner for Regional Policy Ms. Crețu, has already confirmed her participation as well as Professor Dominique Foray from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. For more details on the agenda and information about the registration please check: here.

The S3 Platform is organizing the  next Peer-Review Workshop on Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies in Rzeszów (Podkarpackie, Poland) on 19-20 March 2015 in Rzeszów. The workshop is co-organised with the Marshal Office of Podkarpackie Region. The event will take place at the Rzeszów University of Technology. The main topic of this peer review is ECONOMIC TRANSITION OF REGIONS.

To obtain more information, click here. To register, use this form.

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