The S3 Platform assists EU countries and regions to develop, implement and review their Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). Established in 2011 following the Communication "Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020", the role of the S3 Platform is to provide information, methodologies, expertise and advice to national and regional policy makers, as well as promote mutual learning, trans-national co-operation and contribute to academic debates around the concept of Smart Specialisation.
Registration on the S3 Platform is open to regional and national administrations of EU, candidate, neighbouring countries and to any other non-EU third country national or regional administration that wish to be involved and participate in the S3 Platform.
The Platform is hosted by JRC's Growth and Innovation Directorate (Dir. B) in Seville.
It is made up of three main parts:
- A project management and research team at the JRC.
- A Steering Team gathering representatives of several Commission Services.
- A Mirror Group composed of leading academics and experts in the fields of innovation and regional development, as well as representatives of networks such as EURADA, ERRIN, EBN, OECD, European Cluster Observatory and European Cluster Alliance).