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Adrion starts

The Adriatic-Ionic Adrion Program, approved by the European Commission decision of 20 October 2015, has as its primary objective to support the European strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region (Eusair), to encourage integration between the partner states, relying on natural, cultural and human resources existing in the areas of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea and enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion of the area. The Program was launched in Bologna on 9-10 december. The four thematic objectives on which the program interventions are: ‘Region innovative and intelligent’, ‘Sustainable Community’, ‘Region connected’ and ‘Better governance for Eusair’. These thematic objectives are closely related to the four pillars of Eusair, namely Blue Growth, Environmental Quality, Region connected, Sustainable tourism.

Universities have problems with Horizon 2020

UWM, University World News, the newsletter on the global university, noted growing difficulties of universities with Horizon 2020. The success rate of applications is markedly reduced and the European University Association (EUA) attributes its responsibility to the austerity policies of governments. Of 73000 projects submitted in the first 18 months of the program, only about 13% was funded, compared to 18.5% of the 7th Framework Programme, and in some programs derived from the rate dropped to 10%. Sign of a deterioration in the quality of university research? Apparently not. The explanation that gives Thomas Estermann, EUA, the cause are numerous cuts to public funding as a result of the crisis; universities are turning so with increasing frequency Commission funding, to increase competitiveness. In addition, the reduction of funds available to the same program, which sold 2.2 MDI € the European Fund of Strategic Investments.

Continuous change and S 3

A research leaded by Politecnico di Milano researchers is investigating on continuous change. The Format project Format opens a line of reflection on two crucial issues for Regions, and more generally to anyone involved in innovation. The Smart Specialisation Strategy of the EU forces us to pose the problem of finding, along with areas of excellence to be developed, also future developments in these areas influenced by KETs (Key Enabling Technologies) and any such emerging technologies can be born from these developments. It’s a good guideline to follow

NEXT Open Book: data and benchmarking

Schermata 2015-07-14 alle 11.57.56 One of the expected outputs from the  project are the Open Books on the  partners territories.  Along with  NEXT trend and Country Outlook,  OBs are a set of information that  meet the requirement of accessibility  NEXT set out to accomplish. The publication of a set of essential  information on the territories, which  are important to understanding the    level of maturity and quality of  innovation, is for stakeholders (businesses in the first place, but also the financial world and public bodies) a way to obtain a quickly opinion on the situation. Partners were asked to provide an overview of innovation policy followed in the area, and a range of information on the structures of the research centers present, complete with financial data, types of services offered, the target sectors of the offer. If the information is updated in time, in addition to being a powerful marketing tool and showcase the state of innovation in the area, the OB is a benchmarking tool available to the business community. Here you can download the Open Book of Istria, which also contains a general section on innovation in Croatia: Croatia OB

Fast Track – Innovation Pilot

The Fast Track to Innovation Pilot, operational since January 2015, is a pilot project characterized by a “bottom up” approach that allows you to submit proposals in all the thematic areas of LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) whose main components are 6 Key Enabling Technologies (Micro and nano-elechtronic; photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing) and the Social Challenges of Horizon 2020, in particular those related to environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources. It is an action that promotes innovations “close to market” (starting from a level of “maturity” that coincides with the technological demonstration prototype field – TRL 6), with the obligation to come to market within three years after ‘beginning of the project. Proposals must be submitted by a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 partners located in at least three Member States or associated UE28 Program Horizon 2020.