This publication aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. Europe needs more partnering with collaborative power, creative thinking, ecosystems thinking, synthesis, and a stronger focus on outcomes and impact.
JRC88896 Jens Sörvik and Alexander Kleibrink
The Digital Agenda Toolbox provides support to regional and national authorities to develop a thorough understanding of the digital growth potential stemming from the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). It highlights the opportunities Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entails as a key element in their national or regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) and related Operational Programmes (OPs).
Regional benchmarking in the smart specialisation process: Identification of reference regions based on structural similarity
03/2014 Mikel Navarro, Juan José Gibaja, Susana Franco, Asier Murciego, Carlo Gianelle, Fatime Barbara Hegyi and Alexander Kleibrink
Regional benchmarking can be of great help in making strategic decisions within the process of the design and implementation of regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). It can help positioning a region with respect to other regions in Europe and facilitate policy learning based on the transfer of good practices across borders
Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes - Guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies
The guide on synergies between different EU R&I related programmes is an important new addition to the relevant guidance for policy-makers and implementing bodies.
Setting up, managing and evaluating EU Science And Technology Parks - An advice and guidance report on good practice (May 2014)
David N E Rowe
Science and technology park (STP) activity across the EU has approximately doubled over the last 11-12 years, driven by the growth of the longer standing parks and the emergence of new parks. There is now an estimated 366 STPs in the EU member states that manage about 28 million m2 of completed building floor space hosting circa 40,000 organisations that employ approximately 750,000 people, mostly in high value added jobs.
The objective of this guide is threefold. First, showing that investments in nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure are relevant for cohesion policy. Second, emphasising how investments in nature and green infrastructure can actually contribute to several policy objectives and deliver multiple benefits, in particular socio-economic development. Third, assisting authorities and stakeholders with practical recommendations to improve the delivery of cohesion policy programmes and projects.
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.
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.
A practical guide for ERDF Managing Authorities (November 2012) - The Europe 2020 strategy is built on the three objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to be implemented as 'three mutually reinforcing priorities'. In order to deliver on these goals and provide a response to the economic and financial crisis, it is of utmost importance that all involved actors connect these areas of action, involving all relevant stakeholders, developing synergies and boosting the added-value of public investments.
Dominique Foray, John Goddard, Xabier Goenaga Beldarrain, Mikel Landabaso, Philip McCann, Kevin Morgan, Claire Nauwelaers, Raquel Ortega-Argilés
This guide is targeted at Structural Funds Managing Authorities, policy-makers and regional development professionals. It sets out the concept of smart specialisation and provides orientations on how to develop research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).
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