Priority 1: Innovation & knowledge economy

The purpose of this programme priority is to enable regional and local authorities and other stakeholders at the regional level to improve their policies, methods and capacities in the area of innovation and the knowledge economy.

The 120 projects approved under this priority all contribute to reducing regional disparities throughout Europe by strengthening regional innovation potential. Their ambition is also to pool expertise in order to increase the overall level of regions’ competitiveness in Europe.

The following overview provides some examples of topics addressed by interregional cooperation projects under the priority ‘Innovation and the knowledge economy’. Under each sub-theme description you will also find some examples of interesting project publications.

Sub-themes

Innovation, research and technological development

  • supporting activities and actors involved in research and development
  • supporting research and innovation infrastructure such as science parks, innovation centres, incubators or support to clusters
  • strengthening creative interaction in the knowledge - businesses - public sector triangle
  • enhancing eco-innovation and the use of new environmentally friendly technologies and management approaches, such as public procurement for environmentally performing products and services
  • helping to restructure regions most heavily dependent on traditional industries
  • improving the capacity of regions for research and innovation
  • bringing innovative ideas to the market more quickly

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

  • Click to download examples of interesting project publications
    • ProjectPublications
      Bordwiis+ project logo

      Collaborative models report: view / download

      Regional ICT policies: view / download

      CCIC project logoState-of-the-art report: view / download
      ChemClust project logo

      Best practice guide: view / download

      Benchmark study: view / download

      Final report: view / download

      CLIQ project logo

      CLIQ toolkit:  view / download

      outlines ideas and examples on how to improve regional innovation performance and how to cooperate using the new quadruple helix concept

      CLIQ-o-Meter self-evaluation tool: view / download

      allows local government and innovation agencies to assess their current systems and effectiveness in supporting innovation

      Logo of project Cross-Innovation

      Cross-innovation matrix:  view / download

      Manifesto:  view / download

      Logo of project DISTRICT+Final publication:  view / download
      Logo of project ECREIN+Good practice guide:  view / download
      Logo of project ERIK ACTION

      Mainstreaming guide:  view / download

      for integrating aspects of successful initiatives into mainstream regional programmes

      Logo of project EURIS

      Open innovation toolbox: view / download

      Best practice guide:  view / download

      Policy recommendations: view / download

      Policy audit tools: view / download

      Handbook: view / download

      Logo of project Innovation 4 Welfare

      Practical guide for regional policy actions:  view / download

      Policy recommendations:  view / download

      Logo of project INNOHUBS

      INNOHUBS guidebook:  view / download

      on encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship based on innovation

      Model, pilot projects and road map: view / download

      Good practices: view / download
      Logo of project INNOPOLIS

      Guide to best policy practices: view / download

      helps policy makers design policies for knowledge exchange between universities, enterprises and cities in their regions

      Policy simulation manual:  view / download

      Building Bridges Between Universities and Enterprises: view / download

      Good practices catalogueview

      Good practice guide on Initiatives to Improve Regional Innovation Policies:  view

      Regional report on innovation needs: view / download

      Logo of project IPP

      Best practice guide: view / download

      Best practice inventory: view / download

      Good practices: view / download

      Knowledge network management transfer: view / download

      Knowledge network management toolbox: view / download

      Methodology booklet: view / download
      Logo of project Mini Europe

      Catalogue of good practices: view / download

      Good practices exchange: view

      Mainstreaming the results:  view / download

      Guidelines for nanotechnology and microtechnology research and technology centres for improvement of market-oriented strategies: view

      Good practice guide: view / download

      Policy recommendations: view / download

      Capitalisation project implementation guide: view / download

      Policy recommendations: view / download

      Policy recommendations for monitoring and evaluating the impact of regional innovation policy: view / download

      Good practice catalogue: view / download

Entrepreneurship and SMEs

  • promoting entrepreneurship and business start-up, especially in knowledge-based, innovation driven sectors
  • supporting regional business support structures and approaches to assisting SMEs
  • developing financial assistance to SMEs and development of non-grant instruments
  • strengthening the economic profiles of regions sharing an interest in a specific economic sector and reinforcing the global competitiveness of the sector
  • supporting regional business clusters 
  • supporting and promoting certain specific groups e.g. young and female entrepreneurs 
  • supporting the economic diversification of rural areas
  • enabling enterprises to internationalise and increase competitiveness
  • supporting of eco-innovations and environmental management systems in SMEs

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

  • Click to download examples of interesting project publications
    • ProjectPublications

      Good practice database on business development in natural areas: view / download

      Interregional approach to SMEs and entrepreneurship in natural areas: view / download

      Good practice guide: view / download
      Good practice guide on training for SMEs and logistic demand and supply business networking: view / download

      Best practice catalogue: view / download

      Policy recommendations: view / download

      Best practice handbook: view / download

      Good practice guide: view
      Final report on organising clusters for innovation: view / download
      Report on regional good practices: view / download

      Best-of CREA.RE: collection of the most important public works: view / download

      Comparative study on developing the creative sector as a component for growth: view / download

      Policy recommendations for developing cultural and creative industries: view / download

      Final report: view / download
      Corporate social responsibility: good practices & recommendations: view / download

      Recommendations for creating entrepreneurial policies: view / download

      Strategies for entrepreneurial awareness: view / download

      Guidebook: the process of good practice transfer: view / download

      Good practices guide: view / download

      Navigate change - public procurement guide: view / download

      Baseline study on policy and good practices in the screen and tourism sector: view
      Programming report: view / download

      Collection of good practices: view / download

      Joint Report on State of Play: view / download

    • ICER policy recommendation book on supporting tourism eco-investors
    • ICHNOS PLUS toolkit for establishing points of single contact  called One-Stop Shops for businesses
    • NEEBOR recommendations for more innovative external border policies
    • RURALAND strategic recommendations to rural development European policies
    • SEE policy booklet (1) on integrating design into regional innovation policy
    • SEE policy booklet (2) on realising sustainability and innovation through design
    • SEE policy booklet (3) on evaluating design
    • SEE policy booklet (4) on bringing innovative ideas to market using design

Information Society

  • developing ICT-based public services to increase the effectiveness and competition of businesses and entrepreneurs
  • promoting the development and use of ICT-based services and products (for example in public services e-government and e-health, bringing e-government to regions and businesses)
  • enhancing the participation of the public in the information society
  • establishing better ICT connections between regions

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

Employment, Human Capital and Education

  • improving qualifications for innovation
  • safeguarding and creating new employment opportunities in innovation and knowledge-based jobs and adapting local and regional employment policies to major socio-economic changes, notably globalisation and demographic change
  • developing local employment development (LED) initiatives
  • supporting capacity building and knowledge transfer for staff involved in business development and support
  • increasing investment in R&D related human capital
  • enhancing labour market participation of discriminated groups such as women and older workers
  • improving the adaptability of workers and enterprises, promoting a healthy workforce in healthy workplaces and expanding and improving education and training systems

For more information on approved projects, please visit the Approved projects database.

  • Click to download examples of interesting project publications
    • DART final report explores the challenges presented from Declining, Ageing and Regional Transformation (DART) in specific study areas within Europe
    • SolidarCity Manual on the role of local authorities, civil society and local communities in the creation of employment through entrepreneurship and culture
    • SolidarCity Civil Society Organisations Guide aims to facilitate communication and foster collaboration of key stakeholders when dealing with issues of reducing unemployment and fostering entrepreneurship
    • WINNET 8 Handbook for Women’s Resource Centres
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