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Addressing the innovation gap: Lessons from the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project

Nida Kamil Özbolat & Nicholas Harrap
This technical report is a part of the Stairway to Excellence (S2E) project, which is implemented as one of the JRC's Smart Specialisation targeted support activities.

Good practices for Smart Specialisation in energy

S3 Working Paper Series No. 14/2018 Claire Nauwelaers, Isabelle Seigneur, Javier Gómez Prieto
This working paper is part of the policy support provided by the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) to EU regions and Member States in the implementation phase of their Smart Specialisation Strategies.

Guiding investments in place-based development. Priority setting in regional innovation strategies

S3 Working Paper Series no. 13/2018 Günter Clar
This report sets out to synthesise the dispersed knowledge on a range of issues relevant for the success of priority setting processes and practices in innovation policies and strategies. Outlining changing contexts, rationales and approaches of priority setting in Research and Innovation policies leads to the “new prioritisation logic” guiding RIS3 exercises. This is followed by two main lines aiming to facilitate improved priority setting: better understanding the wider innovation policy context of RIS3, and making better use of Strategic Policy Intelligence and other support tools (including learning from private sector strategies) to structure and guide policy cycles, and to implement place-appropriate policy mixes. Evidence on effective priority setting processes in RIS3-type exercises and policy recommendations complete the report.

Smart specialisation and social innovation: from policy relations to opportunities and challenges

S3 Policy Briefs Series No. 24/2018 Manfred SPIESBERGER, Javier GOMEZ PRIETO, Isabelle SEIGNEUR,
In the energy field, Social Innovation (SI) may evolve into a strong transformational function of the whole energy system. Citizens are in the focus of the European Union’s plans towards an energy transition based on citizen energy and a more decentralised energy system where the consumer is in focus. SI would in this sense not be any more an add-on to classical technology focused innovation, but driving the whole transition process in the energy field. This means also serious repercussions on the regional level, as a more decentralised energy supply system will open-up opportunities for usage of local resources and involvement of citizens and local businesses. With smart specialisation strategies in the implementation phase, clean energy is one of the main priorities for most EU regions.

Supporting an Innovation Agenda for the Western Balkans - Tools and Methodologies

MATUSIAK Monika; KLEIBRINK Alexander; ANDONOVA Elena; BODEN John Mark; CETL Vlado; DIUKANOVA Olga; DOSSO Mafini; DUSART Jean; GKOTSIS Petros; GNAMUS Ales; KLEIBRINK Alexander; KOTSEV Alexander; LAVALLE Carlo; MANDRAS Giovanni; MATUSIAK Monika; RADOVANOVIC Nikola; RAINOLDI Alessandro; SLAVCHEVA Milena; VESKOVIC Miroslav; HOLLANDERS Hugo; NDUBUISI Gideon; OWUSU Solomon; RADOSEVIC Slavo
This report gives an overview of the Western Balkans region, looking at challenges and emerging potentials for innovation. It also presents tools and methodologies available at the JRC to support an innovation agenda for economic transformation and inspired by Smart Specialisation. Each challenge is supported by a concrete implementation example.

Framework Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth puts high premium on innovation policies. European regions are playing an important role in this respect as they are seen as providing the territorial space for innovation networks. More precisely, regions are encouraged to develop regional innovation smart specialization strategies (RIS3) to foster endogenous development. Within RIS3, “entrepreneurial discovery processes” (EDP) are key to place‐based innovation by bringing together public authorities, knowledge institutes, business and civil society for creating new ideas and practices (Foray, David & Hall 2011). The 2014 reform of the EU cohesion policy has made RIS3 a strong political tool, linking the absorption of structural funds to the elaboration of regional priorities (McCann & Ortega‐Argilés 2016). The Interreg project “Beyond EDP”, launched in 2016 with 11 partners from nine European countries, seeks to take stock of the experiences European regions have made with entrepreneurial discoveries. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

Appendix FW Document on EDP

Klaus Detterbeck (Beyond EDP Interreg Europe project 2017)
List of Good Practices in the Regions. In a collaborative endeavour, the consortium partners are analysing the design and implementation of EDP in different regional contexts. The final objective of the Beyond EDP project is to provide the most efficient methodologies and practices to policy makers across Europe to enable them to implement effective RIS3 for their own region. In a nutshell, the project is about good EDP management practices.

10 Things to Know About Transnational Cooperation

Transnational cooperation underpins EU Cohesion Policy and other strategic EU priority areas, including environmental, transport, energy, social, and macro-regional strategies.

RIS3-PE: For a vision of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in selected innovative territories of the State of Pernambuco

Hugo Pinto
Reports on a study supported by DG REGIO in the framework of its cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry of National Integration. The study promotes the use of smart specialisation principles in the Innovation Strategy of the Brazilian State of Pernambuco. The study relied on advice from the JRC's project on Targeted Support to the Implementation of Smart Specialisation, including participation in one of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Workshops in Portugal.

Capitalising on Smart Specialisation and Interreg, the case of energy

Javier Gómez Prieto, Inmaculada Periañez-Forte, Manuel Palazuelos Martinez
This paper suggests that the promotion of inter-regional collaboration – during the implementation of the research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) –can be complemented by the experience gained by the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) instrument (also known as Interreg). In a moment where regions are focused on the implementation of their RIS3, this paper aims at illustrating how regions could capitalise on the Interreg experience and overcome barriers when promoting collaboration among regions in the scope of their S3 priorities.