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  • Title: BRIDGING COMPETENCE INFRASTRUCTURE

    GAPS AND SPEEDING UP REGIONAL GROWTH

    T. Bartzanas & E. Katsaros

    N. Chaniotou

  • Partner: CERTH, PP9 ADVISORY PARTNER

    MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN https://www.interregeurope.eu/bridges/

    Bridging competence BRIDGING

    COMPETENCE INFRASTRUCTURE GAPS

    AND SPEEDING UP REGIONAL GROWTH

    gaps

    https://www.interregeurope.eu/bridges/https://www.interregeurope.eu/bridges/

  • Purpose and structure of the presentation

    1. To refresh the concept of RIS3 Strategies and the need for

    effective implementation

    2.To present methods applied within the BRIDGES project

    3.To introduce the concept of technological connectivity

    4. To present intermediate results and preliminary conclusions

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  • 31.8.2017

    RIS3 / Concept and Definition

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    ESIF / Thematic Objectives 2014-2020

    1. Research and innovation

    2. Information and Communication Technologies

    3. Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME)

    4. Shift to a low-carbon economy

    5. Climate change adaptation and risk management and prevention

    6. Environmental protection and resource efficiency

    7. Sustainable transport and disposal of congestion on major network infrastructure

    8. Employment and support for labour mobility

    9. Social inclusion and poverty reduction

    10. Education, skills and lifelong learning

    11. Increased institutional capacity and effectiveness of public administration inclu

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  • State of play. The ex-ante conditionalities for IP 1, 2 and 3

    Cohesion Policy

    RIS3

    Next Generation Access / Network

    Plan

    Small Business Act

    Late payment Directive

    All 3 smart growth elements are inter-linked:

    No socially & environmentally

    sustainable competitiveness without

    innovation Hardly any innovation & new business models

    without ICT SMEs are 99% of firms

    and offer 2/3 private sector jobs: they need to

    innovate!

    RIS3 / Concept and Definition

    1. Research and innovation

    2. ICT use and quality

    ICT access

    3. Competitiveness of SMEs

  • (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation:

    (a) enhancing research and innovation (R&I) infrastructure [] and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centres of competence, in particular those of European interest;

    (b) promoting business [] investment in innovation and research, and developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education, in particular product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation [] supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production in Key Enabling Technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies;*

    *) ICT, photonics, nano-electonics, nano- and bio-technologies, advanced materials, etc..

    Investment Priority 1 Council proposal for modifications

    RIS3 / Concept and Definition

  • RIS3 / Concept and Definition

  • RIS3 / Who does what

  • RIS3 Effectiveness Challenge

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    Regions across Europe face challenges deriving from the effectiveness of

    their RIS3 implementation. In some cases, challenges relate to the process of valorizing research results, while in other cases to the transformation and

    renewal of regional economies

  • Need is for better RIS3 implementation governance,

    (a) relatively weak impact of RIS3 on growth, jobs & regional economy renewal, linked to

    low upscale investments, research excellence absorptiveness, and exploitation

    of related variety potential, (b) mismatches between RIS3 productive and

    RDI bases distance from and better exploitation of research excellence as a path to further

    specialization, and (d) restricted resources towards RIS3 impact

  • BRIDGES Contribution

    BRIDGES project, which is funded under

    the Interreg Europe Programme, aims

    assist regions to benefit from policy

    learning and enhance industry-led Centers

    of Competence as RIS3 implementation

    units

    Within the project, the industry-led focus is

    on bio-economy

  • BRIDGES RIS3 & SMART GROWTH

    BRIDGES (contribution to sustainable growth and industrial development): (i) Addresses needed improvements in reference to RIS3 opportunities

    and related investments, leading to RIS3 paths, which bridge research-to-industry and accesses bio-economys huge potential for regional economy renewal;

    (ii) Examines the bio-economy industries and focuses on businesses that are truly showing growth dynamics;

    (iii) Adopts an excellence-led approach in policy learning, integrating state-of-the-art contributions,

    (iv) Invests in the European dimension of the Centers of Competence (highly promoted within Horizon 2020) as RIS3 implementation units, by sharing of experience and joint initiatives

  • RESULTS (Preliminary)

    Good Practices Identification, categorized into three themes:

    (i) industry-led Centers of Competence that facilitate RIS3 implementation,

    (ii) cooperation between industry and research institutes, and

    (iii) multilevel synergies to support innovation

    Those practices vary from strategical initiatives, such as the common use of large research infrastructure from universities,

    innovation agencies and SMEs within a region, to very specific/innovative services which are developed by research organizations and could be used/exploited by local/regional

    business companies

  • What do we mean by technological connectivity in the knowledge economy

    literature?

    Shift from traditional economies to ones where the production and use of

    knowledge in different disciplines are dominant

    Intra and inter regional knowledge relatedness between technological domains,

    with many variations existing

    How does technological connectivity or knowledge transfer, or interactions

    between university/research and industry differ, or not differ?

    Research institutes capacities to coordinate industrial collaboration

    Enhancement of both ways knowledge flows through long term commitments

    Funding analogous to long term collaboration (future) perspectives

    Creation of total business environment favoring exploitation of innovation

    potential (in industry and research institutes)

  • How does the notion of connectivity relate to RIS3?

    RIS3 may focus on knowledge-based development, BUT do not take into

    consideration connectivity concept during planning, neither at regional nor at

    national level, though indirect considerations are present

    Lack of existing methodologies on how to make connectivity core element of

    RIS3. Need for methodology to incorporate during RIS3 revision

    Intra-regional connectivity is important within the region to activate and

    optimize functioning of regional innovation system around an innovative and

    promising economic sector

    In cases of less developed regional innovation system, inter-regional

    connectivity can trigger the procedure (point 3)

  • At regional level, RIS3 does not coordinate connectivity actions planned and/or

    implemented by several actors

    Lack of operational capabilities by regional authorities personnel to coordinate

    efforts that will create a knowledge-based business environment that will support

    technological excellence and connectivity, diffusion of innovation and technologies,

    creation of spin-offs and key investments attraction

    Overestimation of businesses capacity to absorb external (imported) technology

    and incorporate it in a well planned, coherent strategy and action plan for

    innovation and growth

    Focus on regional promising businesses need for connectivity with centers of

    excellence at interregional level underestimating the positive effect at regional

    level of the reverse procedure: Connectivity of center of excellence of the region

    with businesses abroad

  • No clear link between the concept of technological connectivity and the

    physical connectivity between regions (e.g. transport and logistics hubs,

    transport networks)

    No clear role of Mega Regions in technological connectivity, meaning regions

    bordering or in proximity to work closely together even if they belong to other

    countries

    Lack of reliable KPIs, long term success indicators etc., to measure technological

    connectivity

    There is no alignment between national RIS3 and regional RIS3

    National technological clusters have no clear influence on RIS3 at regional level

  • Table 3 Project resources, activity, and funding suggestions

    Connectivity type Types of actions Project resources (good

    practices)

    Possible funding

    Type 1 Programme

    based

    Centre of competence &

    associated business

    application projects; 3

    regions have indicated

    committed interest in this

    Industry led centres of

    competence in Germany,

    Netherlands, Swt