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The goals of Smart Specialisation

01/2013 Dominique Foray and Xabier Goenaga
Smart specialisation is an innovative policy concept which emphasizes the principle of prioritisation in a vertical logic (to favour some technologies, fields, population of firms) and defines a method to identify such desirable areas for innovation policy intervention.

EU-Latin America Cooperation on Regional Innovation Systems in the Framework of Regional Policy

DG REGIO
This report summarises the main outcomes and conclusions of EULAC-RIS project whose objective is to diffuse the EU regional policy experience and best practice and exchange experiences between regional institutions on regional innovation policy by supporting the implementation and management of new instruments and practices, with particular attention to clusters and SME innovation policies.

EU-Latin America Cooperation on Regional Innovation Systems in the Framework of Regional Policy

DG REGIO
This report summarises the main outputs and conclusions derived from the implementation of EULACRIC Project

Energy Technologies and Innovation

EC
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS. COM(2013) 253 final

Guide to Social Innovation

Social innovations are new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (care, education, employment, work organisation, urban, environment …) more effectively than alternatives and create new social relationships or collaborations. Social innovations are social in both their ends and their means (user-driven, co-creation, civil society involvement, …). They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance society's capacity to act.

Universities and Smart Specialisation: challenges, tensions and opportunities for the innovation strategies of european regions

2013 John Goddard, Louise Kempton, Paul Vallance
A paper written by leading researchers on universities and regional development, published in the Basque Economic Review.

New Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation (Funding opportunities until 2013)

This Guide provides potential recipients of EU funding for research and innovation with the practical information they need to access this funding. It also provides decision-makers with a full picture of all the funding opportunities available until 2013.

Innovation - How to convert research into commercial success?

The report includes two studies on the commercialisation process and innovation successes in EU-funded projects in the field of industrial technologies, as well as an innovation management guide for practitioners. A section analysing EU-funded research projects in the field of industrial technologies looks at the various routes to innovation and analyses the impact factors of successful commercialisation in EU-funded R&D projects in industrial technologies. Case studies on knowledge transfer and market oriented exploitation are also provided.

Building Entrepreneurial Mindsets and Skills in the EU

Transversal competences like creativity, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship are vital for innovation to reach the market. Entrepreneurship skills and attitudes should therefore be fostered in students and researchers to develop their proactivity, flexibility, autonomy, the capacity to manage projects and achieve results.