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DANUBE-INCO.NET, coordination and support action funded under FP7


Horizon 2020 Twinning project strengthening scientific and research capacity of the Institute of Economics Zagreb (SmartEIZ)

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European Union external action.  
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European Economic Area (EEA) / Relations with the EU.  
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Programme for Regional R&D and Innovation (VRI): The programme is designed to promote greater regional collaboration between trade and industry, R&D institutions and the government authorities, and to establish close ties to other national and international network and innovation measures such as the Arena programme, Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) and the Regions of Knowledge initiative.
website: Norvegian programme for Regional Innovation VRI  




Programme on Research-based Regional Innovation (FORREGION): The FORREGION programme aims to strengthen the connection between regional, national and international efforts to promote research-based innovation. The programme will continue the effort to make use of the country’s full knowledge infrastructure and resource base, as a means of enhancing value creation, competitiveness and restructuring capacity. The specific activities under the FORREGION programme will be based on the unique opportunities and challenges found in each region.
website: FORREGION Programme



Aiming at facilitating close cooperation with EU regions, the Smart Specialisation platform supports technically and methodologically strategic initiatives leading to implement the smart specialisation concept in non-EU countries. An open call to non-EU regions and countries is available.

OPEN CALL to Non-EU Countries & Regions: registration in the S3 Platform. Expressions of interest for becoming member of the S3 platform can be fulfilled here.  This call targets public authorities in charge of innovation and competitiveness policies at national and sub-national level.

More concretelly, the support of the S3 Platform to the implementation and adaptation of the S3 concept in Norway is linked to the following activities: 

  • Facilitating exchanges and contacts among S3 practitioners and stakeholders
  • Attendance of S3 Platform experts to workshops and conferences 
  • Dissemination and communication activities in several channels 
  • Membership to the S3 Platform (5 regions registered: Aust-Agder, Møre og, Romsdal, Nordland, Østfold and Vest-Agder )
  • Newsletter information 

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