The first five Thematic Areas have been developed as part of the Vanguard Initiative.
Advanced manufacturing for energy applications
Advanced manufacturing for energy applications in harsh environments (ADMA Energy) is one of the pilot actions inside VANGUARD INITIATIVE that was launched in June 2014.
Interregional cooperation on innovative use of non-food Biomass
The Bio-economy Pilot concerns the implementation of synergies in new bio-based value chains across regions based on their smart specialisations.
Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing
The main objective is to transfer to industry innovative solutions coming from research and exploiting the potential of smart specialisation in order to promote new efficient and high value-added supply chains.
High Performance Production through 3D-Printing
The key objective is to identify opportunities for joint-demonstration between regions, based on a solid mapping exercise and the detected complementarities between existing demonstration facilities and company needs.
New Nano-Enabled Products
The pilot project focuses on identify existing and missing value chains within nanotechnology across Europe.
Smart Regional Investments in Textile Innovation
Objective is to strengthen regional textile innovation ecosystems across Europe and enable Textile & Clothing SME’s to invest more in innovation
Medical technology offers new opportunities to address challenges by increasing the efficacy of healthcare and limiting the cost.
The goal is to identify the European photonic clusters that have unique and valuable propositions, capabilities and capacities in the various supply and value chains.
Incorporation of SMEs to the Industry 4.0 paradigm and their assimilation of specialised digital services.
The objective of this partnership is to involve SMEs to the Industry 4.0 paradigm by increasing their absorption of specialised digital services.
Sport can help specific business sectors to develop, depending on the characteristics of sport demand and supply in any country.
Digitalisation and Safety for Tourism
To enhance the competitiveness and fluent operations of businesses, to improve the productivity as well as to increase the travelers’ feeling of safety and security