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The S3P website is enriched by an important new interactive tool on Regional Benchmarking which helps identifying structurally similar regions across Europe with a simple click. The interactive tool will be progressively integrated with the Eye@RIS3 tool and with the dedicated S3P regional/country pages that have been produced for each of the regions/countries registered in the S3 Platform.
Please note that the main menu has changed by introducing the S3 Tools section under which you may now find the Regional Benchmarking tool, the Eye@RIS3 and a section containing additional Data Sources for regional comparison.

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: 14
  • EU Regions registered in S3P: 151
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 2
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 7
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 50
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 9
  • EU Regions with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 116
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded RIS3 Priorities: 17

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 future 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

Event Highlight Event Highlight

REGISTRATION OPEN: The S3 platform together with DG CONNECT and the Regional Authority of Central Macedonia, Greece arranges a thematic event "Digital Innovation for Regional Growth", in Thessaloniki (GR) on 29 April 2014. For more information and registration click here.

REGISTRATION OPEN: The S3 platform and the Government office for Development and European Cohesion Policy of the Republic of Slovenia organise on 15-16 May 2014 in Portoroz (SI) the Peer-review workshop of the National RIS3 strategies. The RIS3 strategies of the following four countries will be peer-reviewed: Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Cyprus. For more information and registration click here. 

S3 for DANUBE: Developing Danube R&I Projects across Borders – How to Make the Joint Use of EU-Funds a Reality? - Presentations now available!
The Directorates General DG REGIO and DG JRC have organised the workshop on mobilising EU instruments for the financial design of transnational R&I projects in the Danube region. The workshop was held on 03 April 2014 in Brussels (BE). The presentations from the workshop are now available and may be found here. Should you have questions, please contact Dr. Ales Gnamus.

REGISTRATION OPEN: Connecting RIS 3 in the Baltic Sea Region, 20-21 of May in Tallinn (EE). This event will explore cooperation opportunities within smart specialisation across the Baltic Sea Region, both vertically in specific areas as e-Health, food technology, open innovation platforms etc and horizontally related to funding mechanisms and synergies with H2020. The event is a follow up to the Malmö conference in November 2013 and organised together with Estonian authorites. Further information here.

SMART SPECIALISATION IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: The S3 Platform is organising a special session at the Annual Conference of the APDR (Portuguese section of the European Regional Science Association) in Évora, Portugal in July 2014. Please see call for proposals. New deadline for submission of abstracts is 24 April.

The Kingdom of Smart The Kingdom of Smart

RIS3 Guide RIS3 Guide

RIS3 Guide