NEXT Successful case studies

Successful case studies, success sTories, and besT practices from stakeholders, who have been actively involved in the project NEXT.
The project NEXT, co-financed by the Euro- pean Commission through the programme IPA Adriatic, has been promoted by Marche Region (Italy) as Lead Partner – together with 10 partners coming from 6 different coun- tries of the Adriatic basin (Italy, Albania, Bos- nia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia). Its general objective was to create a web platform and a set of services, supporting co- operation among public bodies, researchers, Research and Technology Transfer Centres (RTTCs), enterprises and investors. Accord- ing to the principles of transnational cooperation, open innovation as well as governance of the Adriatic-Ionic area as a whole, NEXT’s specific goal was to enhance technology transfer and applied research, innovation and foster internationalization of SMEs. Read more  

OECD: brain circulation

Schermata 2015-06-11 alle 13.18.54 The OECD has published a paper on factors that influence the international mobility of research scientist. The brain circulation was spread by globalization, and is becoming a competitive factor for territories. The OECD paper remarks that researchers mobility contributes to diffusion of knowledge, exchange of experiences and also inventors. Many countries are building policies to attract talents or to bring back scientist gone abroad; nowadays is better to focus more on brain circulation than on brain drain Many factors can influence brain circulation: research opportunities and career advancement, the research facilities quality, wages level, presence of prestigious researchers or institutions, freedom of research and speech. OECD uses an original methodology, bibliometric and changes in authors institutional affiliation reported in publications, a gravity-based empirical framework. Here you can dowload the report: (.pdf) Mobility

VJ ACCELERATION PROGRAM

  image001   VJ ACCELERATION PROGRAM 
JCube and Vertis are organising a startup acceleration program, aiming to train, assist and grow startups from all countries of the Adriatic. 

VJ Acceleration Program is the entrepreneurial acceleration program promoted by Vertis and JCube, thanks to the support of the project PACiNNO – Platform for trans-Academic Cooperation and Innovation – coordinated by the University of Trieste and co-funded by the European Union. VJ Acceleration Program comes from the experience of Vertis SGR and JCube, operators of reference in the world of business creation, incubation and venture capital. How to apply Applicants are asked to fulfill and submit the application form online within 30th June 2015. Who can apply Team with business projects or startups, based (or to be based) in the Adriatic Area. Participation in VJ Accelerator is completely free, reserved only for the best business ideas and startups that can bring important innovations in their markets. All other expenses are not included (ie: travel expenses, room and board, expenses to attend the training sessions etc.). An evaluation committee made up of operators of venture capital and incubation professionals will assess the applications as they arise: selections will close on 30th June 2015. Due to the limited number of places available and the high number of applications, it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.

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Monitoring S3 implementation and results

Here, I just copy and past a relevant news from RIS3 EC Platform. Enjoy the reading.

The European Commission has put strong emphasis on a more results–oriented approach for EU cohesion funding in its legislative proposals for 2014-2020. Relevant guidance documents can be found here. The S3 Platform is planning further activities to support regional and national authorities in the design and implementation of monitoring mechanisms. Future activities will build on our first indicators workshop in Groningen (NL) in January 2013 which lay the technical groundwork for a structured discussion on monitoring S3 implementation. A second workshop took place in Barcelona on 11-12 Dec. 2014 (more information can be found here). The next important event on the topic was the high level conference Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: Challenges and Monitoring Implementation  held in Seville on 6 March 2015. In the context of innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3), monitoring mechanisms perform three fundamental functions: (1) inform about what the strategy achieved and whether implementation is on track and making this information available to decision makers; (2) clarify the logic of intervention of the strategy and make it comprehensible to the broader public; (3) support the constructive involvement and participation of stakeholders through transparent communication and promote trust building. RIS3 monitoring focuses on tracking the developments related to policy interventions within the specific priority areas identified in the strategy. The monitoring mechanism should be able to capture and follow the relevant expected changes that are foreseen in each RIS3 priority by means of an appropriate choice of result indicators; it should also capture and follow the policy output that ought to make expected changes happen. Regions and countries with extensive experience in monitoring innovation strategies and territorial development policies in general should build on existing monitoring structures; those with limited experience in this field should begin to develop their own internal capacities and experience starting with simple indicator systems, following the practical guidelines of S3 Policy Brief 13/2015.

Regional Strategy on Research and Innovation in Western Balkan countries

In order to strengthen regional cooperation, there is a two-year project aimed at making “Regional Strategy for Research and Development for Innovation in the Western Balkans “. The aim of the project is to develop a strategy that will interconnect through research institutions, pooling of resources and the creation of funds, training, research and knowledge transfer throughout the region, to encourage cooperation at regional level, with the aim of increasing its competitiveness. The future strategy will represent an effective mechanism for the active participation of countries in the region in ERA. www.min.gov.me

Establishment of the First Science and Technology Park in Montenegro

It will contribute to: connecting science and business sectors; Improving the competitiveness of SMEs and promotion of entrepreneurship; and Support for start-up companies. It was conceived as a networked structure that will have your based in Podgorica and three decentralized units (“Impulse Centre”) in Niksic, Bar and Pljevlja. STP will be multidisciplinary and focus on some sectors that in the best way determine the economic and research potential of the country, such as ICT and electronics; technology for the production of green energy; agriculture and food production (green biotechnology); metallurgy and mechanical engineering; wood processing … www.min.gov.me

Montenegro participation in South East Europe and Mediterranean programme

    FORSEE (Regional Forecasting in the field of ICT for South Eastern Europe) The overall objective of the project is nnhancing regional cooperation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) research, development and innovation, strengthening the role of Southeastern Europe in a changing global economy and the readiness of the region to meet the challenges nformation Age and the impact of investment in research and development of the ICT sector policy. Partner in Montenegro University of Montenegro The lead partner in the project University of Patras, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Laboratory of Applied Electronics, Greece Total number of partners: 13 Partnership: Austria, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia   CAPINFOOD (Improving the environment and raising public awareness of the innovation in the food sector in South East Europe through transnational cooperation) The overall objective of the project Creating favorable conditions for innovation in the field of food production, So what will be through transnational cooperation to improve coordination mechanisms for increasing innovation, facilitate the strengthening of institutional framework and through the promotion of advanced IT solutions to reduce barriers to the field of innovation in this sector and increase awareness of the benefits of innovation. Partner in Montenegro The Capital city of Podgorica The lead partner in the project Bay Zoltan Non-profit Ltd., Hungary Total number of partners: 13 Partnership Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine   FINNO (The mechanism for encouraging innovation in South East Europe) The overall objective of the project The establishment of a sustainable mechanism for encouraging innovation and enhancing innovation in South-Eastern Europe, through joint methodologies for measuring and monitoring the innovation company (“Technology Innovation Assessment Scoreboard” – TIAS). Partner in Montenegro Ministry of Science The lead partner in the project Public Agency for Technological Development of the Republic of Slovenia Total number of partners: 16 Partnership Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, France, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia www.southeast-europe.eu www.programmemed.eu

ITU AWARDS : review

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a public competition for awards to individuals most responsible for improving the quality of life through ICT innovation through the implementation of projects and promoting the goals of the International Telecommunication Union. To this end, the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro invited all interested parties, representatives of government, ICT sector, the scientific community and civil society, to March 1st, nominate a candidate who, through their work in the field of telecommunications and information society, deserves to be found in the international competition for these awards. Commission for the evaluation of applications received by the public invitation has decided that for the “ITU 150 Awards” nominated: Prof. dr. Igor Djurovic Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Montenegro with the application Research Center: BIO -ICT Center is a newly formed scientific research center whose purpose is the increasing use of ICT and the use of technology in the areas of sustainable agriculture, monitoring of crops, ecosystems water / sea and forests, the development of techniques for control and reduce air pollution, analysis and standardization of food products, quality control and land improvement of the public health system.   Prof. Dr. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Montenegro with the application Research Center: Research Center is a newly established ICT research center and laboratory at the University of Montenegro. Center has already become recognized in ICT research in the country, in areas such as advanced solutions for the info-communications infrastructure, smart applications and e-services, as well as recognized partner in the international arena.   Milica Vuletic from the Tax Administration of Montenegro with the application “Citizen involvement in the fight against the gray economy”: The project is made of applications and portal www.budiodgovoran.me, which was expanded range of communication channels between citizens and institutions involved in the fight against the gray economy, on the basis of which were issued misdemeanor warrants in total monetary value of over 1.1 million, and even enabled the financing of 11 projects of general public importance ( in the areas of procurement of medical equipment, children and social welfare, environmental protection and planning, youth and sports) with a total value of around 550,000 euros. Final selection and awards will be delivered on the Final event in Geneva on 17th of May 2015.