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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 (for smart specialisation). Following the bottom-up approach, we are looking for examples to set a base for shared learning and to facilitate better connectivity between the R&I partners in different countries and regions. This survey is intended to gather information on successful and sustainable R&I collaboration partnerships – between national and/or regional authorities managing R&I policies and EU structural funds, implementing agencies, innovation centres, technology parks, research institutions, cluster organisations, SME networks and other. 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 be selected by the S3 Platform to be presented at various upcoming events organised by the S3 Platform and collaborating partners. The S3 Cooperation survey is available here.

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: 153
  • Non-EU Regions registered in S3P: 2
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Countries: 15
  • S3P Peer-reviewed Regions: 50
RIS3 Specialisation mapping
  • EU Countries with encoded S3 Priorities: 21
  • EU Regions with encoded S3 Priorities: 166
  • Non-EU Countries with encoded R&I Priorities: 4
  • Non-EU Regions with encoded R&I 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

Peer Review Workshop in Baiona (Vigo), Galicia on 6 November. We are pleased to announce that the following regions will be reviewed: Galicia (Spain), Burgundy (France), South Ostrobothnia (Finland) and Norte (Portugal). Special focus will be on transborder strategic cooperation in smart specialisation. More details and registration.

Workshop  to connect RIS3 in the Baltic Sea Region in Vilnius (Lithuania), 9 December, 2014. S3 Platform, the Priority Area Innovation of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region together with the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania welcome you to the second workshop to connect the RIS3 in the Baltic Sea Region, organised jointly with the international innovation conference in Vilnius. More details and registration.

Workshop on monitoring smart specialisation in Barcelona (Spain) on 11-12 December 2014. Jointly organised by the CITEK project, this constitutes the starting point for a more structured discussion on monitoring in smart specialisation. You can find more details here.

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