Smart Specialisation

Smart specialisation strategies (RIS 3 or S3) are about enabling regions to turn their needs, strengths and competitive advantages into marketable goods and services. They aim to prioritise public research and innovation investments through a bottom up approach for the economic transformation of regions, building on regional competitive advantages and facilitating market opportunities in new inter-regional and European value chains. They help regions to anticipate, plan and accompany their process of economic modernisation.

The S3 approach is thus characterised by the identification of strategic areas for intervention based both on the analysis of the strengths and potential of the economy and on an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) with wide stakeholder involvement. It embraces a broad view of innovation supported by effective monitoring mechanisms. Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3 or S3) set priorities at national and regional level to build competitive advantage by developing and matching research and innovation own strengths with business needs, to address emerging opportunities and market developments in a coherent manner, while avoiding duplication and fragmentation of efforts. They are also a backbone of national or regional research and innovation strategic policy frameworks in Europe.

Since 2011, the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3 Platform) acts as a facilitator for regions and countries in the uptake and incorporation of the smart specialisation concept and methodology in their research and innovation strategies. The community is continuously growing. (Source: EC-JRC).

Smart Specialisation has already been in focus of the WBC-RTI.info newsletter in 2016 and 2018.  You can find the related articles here and here.

 

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  • Regional Innovation Impact of Universities in Europe

    The event will bring together national and regional policymakers, higher education institutions and international experts interested in exploring how universities can increase their regional engagement...

  • Regional Innovation Impact of Universities in Europe

    The event will bring together national and regional policymakers, higher education institutions and international experts interested in exploring how universities can increase their regional engagement...

  • Smart Specialisation for Blue Economy Workshop

    The Joint Research Centre and DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), in cooperation with DG Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), are organising a dedicated workshop as initial step to develop...

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  • Serbia - General Framework Related to S3

    Serbia registered on the Smart Specialisation (S3) platform on November 4, 2015. The Smart Specialisation process in Serbia started in 2017, with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development...

  • Kosovo* - General Framework Related to S3

    Kosovo registered in the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in September 2018. The Smart Specialisation (S3) process in is currently in preparation. Once begun, Kosovo's S3 process will follow the Joint...

  • Montenegro - General Framework Related to S3

    Montenegro registered on the Smart Specialisation (S3) platform in August, 2017. The Smart Specialisation process in Montenegro started in 2017, with the Ministry of Science taking charge of the coordination...

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