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    T. Bartzanas & E. Katsaros

    N. Chaniotou


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

    Bridging competence BRIDGING





  • 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


  • 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







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

    Cohesion Policy


    Next Generation Access / Network


    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


    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


    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


    Within the project, the industry-led focus is

    on bio-economy


    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


    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


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


    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


    Possible funding

    Type 1 Programme


    Centre of competence &

    associated business

    application projects; 3

    regions have indicated

    committed interest in this

    Industry led centres of

    competence in Germany,

    Netherlands, Swtizerland;

    Helsinki university

    innovation services;

    Kantola cluster.

    This activity belongs, to ESIF

    Thematic Objective 1

    (innovation and research, and

    infrastructures) and Thematic

    Objective 3 (improvement of the

    competitiveness of SMEs).

    The required action is to allow

    eligibility of non-programme

    area actors to be part of

    regional multi actor projects.

    Non programme area actors

    are research institutions with

    expertise missing at regional

    and national levels from the

    implementation regions.

    Technological connectivity within the BRIDGES project State of play today (findings from the innovation maps):

  • Type 2 Access to

    research services

    2.1) Screening of needs &

    awareness raising

    2.2) actual access to

    research services missing

    locallly/nationally, through

    innovation vouchers with

    interregional eligibiltiy.

    BRIDGES project

    proposes such solutions in

    some of the good practice

    contributions in GP theme

    3. Application of Article 70

    of the CPR and / or

    national innovation funds.

    Methodology: Baltic TRAM

    project (access of SMEs in

    the periphery to analytical

    research infrastrcutrs and

    macro.-regional base of


    Funding: ESIF provisions

    in Poland; experience with

    innovation vouchers and

    cross border innovation

    vouchers from Slovenia

    and Hungary respectively.

    2.1) Local structural funds,

    local consultant; innovation


    2.2) Through generalised

    application of innovation

    vouchers to seek research

    services at national level,

    including interegional eligibilty

    where the naitonal level is not


    Type 3

    KET applications

    3.1) screening of needs &

    awareness raising:local

    consultants; 3.2) actual

    KET application projects

    Funding: ESIF provisions

    in Poland; experience with

    innovation vouchers and

    cross border innovation

    vouchers from Slovenia

    and Hungary respectively.

    3.1 Local / national expertise

    3.2 As above, any lacking

    expertise could be accessed

    add hoc through innovation


    Technological connectivity within the BRIDGES project State of play today (findings from the innovation maps):

  • Type 4 TRL

    improvement /


    Systematic way to

    address these issues

    needed in five out of six


    Methodology & funding:

    ESIF 2014-2020 Poland National funds, national

    innovation funds, ESIF

    2014-2020; interegional

    connectivity not required.

    Type 5 Innovation

    management chain

    5.1 R&D council, 5.2

    Proof of concept, 5.3

    Prototype, 5.4 Scaling

    up, 5.5 Business plan,

    5.6 Branded marketing

    Helsinki University

    Innovation Services;

    TEKES programme for

    proof of concept

    National funds, national

    innovation funds, ESIF

    2014-2020; interegional

    connectivity, in principle, not

    required, but good to not

    exlcude it, allow for

    innovation vouchers with

    interregional eligibility

    Type 6 Constant

    renewal services

    upstreaming and

    downstreaming, Annex I

    of the CPR):

    No GPs National funds, national

    innovation funds, ESIF

    2014-2020; interegional

    connectivity not required

    Technological connectivity within the BRIDGES project State of play today (findings from the innovation maps):

  • Type 7

    Commercialisation of

    research, cross border

    7.1) Awareness raising

    7.2) Cross border,


    Methodology and funding:

    ZIM programme

    (considered as GP also by

    the VINNOVA report)

    7.1: National funds, national

    innovation funds, ESIF 2014-

    2020; interegional connectivity

    not required.

    7.2: Bilaterally earmarked

    national and /or ESIF funds

    Type 8 Direct research

    to business


    8.1) regular awareness

    raising within the partner

    areas and

    8.2) support project

    preparation actions.

    EEN certified intermediary

    (CEEI Burgos, good

    practice from Spain).

    AIKO funding in Finland

    (project preparation).

    Reference outisde the

    projec programme area:

    Cross-border Collaboration



    8.1 Task of regional innovation

    intermediary & linkages to EEN

    is relevant.

    8.2 Small, bilaterally earmarked

    funds for setting up such

    partnership based options. Can

    national and / or ESIF funds.

    Technological connectivity within the BRIDGES project State of play today (findings from the innovation maps):

  • Future Challenges:

    Create an applicable technological connectivity methodology for

    pilot testing within BRIDGES that will optimize certain aspects of

    RIS3 and promote a favoring innovative business operating

    environment through well planned, effective, efficient and reliable

    Action Plans

    Technological connectivity within the BRIDGES project


    The BRIDGES project addresses a relative gap in the RIS3, that of tactical level implementation. It

    tackles, ultimately, a classical challenge of the knowledge-based economy, i.e. how research can provably and deliberately be a manageable change

    agent for regional, non-core economies

    During its 5-years duration, the project is expected to significantly improve the participating regions RIS3 implementation governance and the delivery

    of the structural funds

  • www.interregeurope.eu/BRIDGES

    T. Bartzanas, E. Katsaros, CERTH / N. Chaniotou Kainuun Etu

    Thank you