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Industrial Modernisation Industrial Modernisation

OPEN CALL: Expressions of interest for setting-up and co-leading new partnerships in specific thematic areas for industrial modernisation may be submitted here.

OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE

Regional authorities together with their industrial stakeholders across the EU are currently implementing their regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) and are investing in their identified priority areas. At the same time, there are clear opportunities for EU regions and member states for engaging in strategic interregional cooperation along shared RIS3 priorities to learn from each other, to better understand a region´s position within a value chain, complement each other's competences, share infrastructures, and develop joint investment projects. Regional efforts can be scaled up, and more regions, industries, business networks, research institutions, academia and civil society can be involved thereby providing greater impact.

The key objective of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation (S3P-Industrial Modernisation) will be to provide a platform for and support the efforts of EU regions committed to work together for developing a pipeline of investment projects connected to their RIS3 priority areas related to industrial modernisation.

The S3P-Industrial Modernisation will be co-developed and co-led by the regions themselves, ensuring an active participation and commitment of the so-called quadruple helix actors, i.e. industry and related business organisations such as clusters, as well as research institutions, academia and civil society.

As a result of the launch of the Platform at the Smart Regions conference on 2 June 2016, EU regions have been invited to propose a specific thematic area related to industrial modernisation that is linked to their RIS3 priority area(s) and in which they wish to collaborate on with other regions and stakeholders in perspective of starting a partnership for co-investment.

Proposing a partnership in a new thematic area

A partnership in a new thematic area can be proposed by any EU region or group of EU regions, which will act as leading region(s). A proposal can be launched by a regional authority and/or Managing Authorities of the ERDF Funds or other organisations mandated for this task.

Regions interested in leading a partnership should commit to provide the necessary resources for initiating and coordinating the set-up and self-organisation of a partnership and to inspire a common strategy for at least two years. It is recommended that such lead regions put in place a partnership secretariat by nominating a coordinator and back-up(s) to ensure the coordination.

The role of lead regions will be to steer the communication and discussion between regions, and facilitate the involvement of stakeholders towards the development of high-quality investment projects. They have to ensure that this work remains open and inclusive to all interested EU regions and are encouraged to organise calls to invite additional regions to join the proposed thematic area.

Any European region can participate in more than one thematic area as a 'participating region'. In addition, lead regions can coordinate several thematic partnerships (areas) provided that they can support these with the necessary resources.

The European Commission will be able to support (upon resources availability) the selected partnerships during the different phases of  their work through a number of existing and future EU activities.

Setting up a new thematic area

To qualify as a new thematic area, a minimum of three regions from three different Member States should be involved in the development of the new partnership, either as a leading regions or participating regions.

 

EU support will be designed and streamlined to facilitate the work under each thematic area, and adjusted and organised according to the following process:

1. Expression of interest for establishing a partnership in a Thematic Area under the Platform through the on-line form.

2. Selection and establishment of a partnership in a Thematic Area under the S3 Platform Industrial Modernisation.

The European Commission is to provide support services to proposals for specific thematic areas that are sufficiently mature and advanced according to the following four criteria:

1. Relevance and importance of the proposed thematic area for industrial modernisation (i.e. transformative and innovative idea, clear added-value, sufficient detailed focus, business interest, potential for synergies, etc.);

2. Ambition and commitment (political and resources) expressed by the leading and participating regions for the proposed collaboration. An official commitment letter signed by the representative authority of the leading region(s) should be submitted;

3. Number of regions involved, and level of participation within regions (e.g. envisaged involvement of regional stakeholders from industry including cluster organisations and business networks, academia, public authorities, civil society). Moreover, geographical balance as well as balance of representation of regions with different development levels;

4. Clarity of links and potential for synergies with RIS3 priority areas, especially for leading regions.

Possible linkages with and plans for the set-up of related European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments are encouraged and would be a particular asset.

All partnerships that comply with these criteria will be communicated through the S3P – Industrial modernisation website (upon agreement of regions involved).

Once the notification of interest has been checked against the common criteria, the S3 Platform managed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre will prepare a specific section under the S3P Industrial Modernisation web-page providing information about the partnership in the thematic area. The leading region(s) can then start organising the work under the thematic area and involve EU regions and regional actors willing to join the partnership.

Joining a thematic area as a participating region or associated stakeholder

If a region wishes to participate in an already established partnership under a specific thematic area, it should contact the leading region(s).

 

It is encouraged that the chosen thematic area corresponds to the smart specialisation priority area of the region wishing to participate. Similarly, any relevant industrial stakeholders, business networks, cluster organisations or knowledge institutions that would like to join as associated stakeholders and contribute to the development of joint investment projects with other partners should also contact the leading region(s) of the thematic area directly. 

INVESTMENT PIPELINE: FROM REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS TO JOINT INVESTMENTS

Phase 1 – Mapping competences and opportunities for cooperation

Specific activities are undertaken such as mapping of existing and missing competences, identifying concrete opportunities for cooperation between regions and their stakeholders.

 

All relevant stakeholders should be involved in this process in order to explore business opportunities and examine concrete areas for investment projects. European regions participating in a specific thematic area are encouraged to organise thematic workshops to concretise the areas for further cooperation for their stakeholders, leading to a scoping note[1].

This phase would generally include 3 steps:

  1. Scoping: by means of a scoping note that would develop the vision for this partnership, identify the opportunities and challenges in the targeted domain or value chain.

  2. Mapping: by means of a survey to collect original data in the participating regions about the business actors present in the different parts of this value chain, the strengths of the research and relevant available innovation infrastructure.

  3. Matching:  by means of analysis of complementarities and challenges and mobilisation of entrepreneurial actors.

Phase 2 – Industrial cooperation and design of projects

Regions and member states will work together with their stakeholders will identify and design concrete investment projects.

 

Such projects can be joint large-scale demonstrators, shared technology centres, other cross-regional projects, small projects bundled together in 'investment platforms', single cross-regional large scale projects, or large-scale individual projects to be developed across European industrial value chains. The organisation of partnering and matchmaking events for industrial partners will be important in order to discuss, facilitate and accelerate the development of joint industrial investment projects.

Phase 3 - Business Plan and funding mix

Industrial stakeholders supported by their regional authorities should develop a business plan and explore funding opportunities for financing their projects, looking at synergies among various funding sources. 

 

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Phase 4 - Investment projects

Discussions with private investment organisations. Final preparation including possible refinements of investment projects and submission for financial support.

 

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NOTES:

[1]  The European Commission can support a limited number of leading regions to accelerate the setting-up of a partnership in thematic areas by means of an expert support, providing advice and support services to develop a scoping note, i.e. to refine the mission statement, clarify the objectives and to prepare a draft action plan with milestones.

Upon request, the Commission services will assist regions to identify additional partners. Partnerships must remain open for new members.

To learn about the S3P Project on Global Value Chains in the context of Smart Specialisation, please visit the following web-page.

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