Useful Links Useful Links

This section includes a repository of links on subjects related to S3 in the framework of EU institutions and activities, and other organisations and projects.

EU institutions EU institutions

EU Regional Policy
EU regional policy is an investment policy. It supports job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments support the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Digital Agenda for Europe
The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to reboot Europe's economy and help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies.

Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO)/ Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility

The Joint Research Centre RIO is an initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at Country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe.


This support platform for the Public-Public-Partnerships (P2P) community building on the information and services, previously provided by ERA-LEARN, NETWATCH, and JPIs To Co Work, involves the main stakeholders engaged in designing and deploying the broad structures and functions for the coordination and cooperation of national and/ or regional research programmes.

Regional Innovation Monitor Plus
Based on the work of a network of experts, RIM Plus provides detailed information on regional innovation policies for 20 EU countries. The core of the RIM Plus service is a knowledge base of information on some 200 regions, including an online 'inventory' of regional innovation policy measures, policy documents, organisations, and a single access point for good practice dissemination on regional innovation policy in Europe.


The Economics of Industrial Research & Innovation (IRI) is a scientific project carried out within the Directorate B: Growth and Innovation of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).  The project aims at providing EU policy-makers and the business and academic communities with robust empirical evidence and analysis on the contribution of private-sector R&D to the growth and employment of the European economy.

INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community's territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Its overall objective is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies.

European Enterprise Network
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace. It works through local business organisations including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities and development agencies.

Innovation Union Information and Intelligence System
I3S, the Innovation Union Information and Intelligence System, is the European Commission platform for all Innovation Union stakeholders. Its principal aim is to ensure that all stakeholders are well informed on the implementation of the Innovation Union. It provides easy access to up to date and comprehensive and comparable information on the nature and implementation of all 34 of the Innovation Union Commitments presented in the Commission's Innovation Union communication of October 2010. 

Committee of the Regions - EDUC Commission
Throughout the European Union local and regional levels have key responsibilities for policies and activities related to education, culture, youth and sports. They are also key players in developing regional research and innovation strategies, and in harnessing the full potential of information and communication technologies to the benefit of society. The EDUC (Education, Youth, Culture and Research) Commission provides a forum for representatives from local and regional authorities to provide input to other European Institutions and exchange good practices in these fields.

Eco-innovation observatory
The Eco-Innovation Observatory is financed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment and has developed an integrated information source and a series of analyses on eco-innovation trends and markets, targeting business, innovation service providers, policy makers as well as researchers and analysts.

Library of the European Parliament
The Library of the European Parliament has developed a section on smart specialisation with a number of contributions from academia, policy makers and practitioners.

Other organisations and projects Other organisations and projects

European Assistance For Innovation Procurement

During the next three years (2015-2017), this new initiative will focus on promotion, training and assistance to public procurers with a concrete interest in implementing innovation procurements for ICT based solutions across the EU. It aims to promote the benefits of and best practices in innovation procurement across Europe to encourage public procurers of ICT solutions to start new PCP and PPI procurements.

KNOW HUB Encyclopaedia
This site collects useful information on innovation policy and strategic innovation policy management.

Metric is a FP7 funded project which will map regional transport innovation capacity and identify the competitive advantage of identified regions. Based on their strengths, guidelines for the preparation of regional innovation roadmaps (strategy plans) will be developed. The consortium of five partners is led by Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.

Innnovation Policy Platform (IPP)
The IPP is a joint initiative between the OECD and the World Bank to facilitate knowledge exchanges and peer-to-peer learning through an interactive, comprehensive and up-to-date platform with cutting-edge knowledge on innovation policy. The IPP sets out to help policy analysts and practitioners better analyse innovation systems and identify and prioritise good practice solutions. It mobilises a broad range of current knowledge and expertise on the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies that are appropriate to specific country needs and socio-economic conditions.

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) has a membership of about 130 regional development agencies from across the European Union.

ERRIN, European Regions Research and Innovation Network, is a dynamic network of more than 90 EU regions and their Brussels-based offices. ERRIN facilitates knowledge exchange, joint action and project partnerships with the aim to strengthen its member region's research and innovation capacities and enhance their success in EU programmes.

UEAPME is the employers' organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates around 80 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family.

The European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN) is the leading non-governmental pan-European network bringing together 200+ Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), and similar organisations such as incubators, innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the enlarged Europe.

The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation. It connects the professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation and provide services that drive growth and effectiveness for its members.

Being located along Europe's shoreline brings both advantages and specific difficulties, so some 160 Regions have come together to form the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR).

EU Cluster Portal
The EU Cluster Portal provides tools and information on key European initiatives, actions and events for clusters and their SMEs with the aim of creating more world-class clusters across the EU.

Compendium of Evidence on Innovation Policy
This project developed a compendium of evidence on the effectiveness of innovation policy. To present the evidence, it built a typology of innovation policy measures, based not only on the previous typologies of innovation policy (INNO-Policy Trendchart, Cunningham et al. (2008), Edler et al (2010) and Edler and Georghiou (2007)) but also on the availability of evidence. For each type of innovation policy, the evidence base is presented in a report with summaries of key sources.

SmartSpec (Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation)
An FP7 funded project that contributes to the work of operationalising smart specialisation. SmartSpec includes ten regional partners which are also used as living labs for empirical research. The consortium of eleven academic partners is led by Cardiff University.

BERST (BioEconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit)
An FP7 funded project that explores the bioeconomy potential of EU regions and provides a netwwork to promote the development of sustainable smart specialisation strategies based on regional bioeconomy potentials. The project will develop a toolkit to help regions in their trajectory of bioeconomy development, including a catologue of instruments and measures, a catalogue of good practices and case studies, and guidelines for elaborating regional profiles.