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.

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 …

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

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, 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.

Editorial: Innovation is the best way

Innovation is the best way to strengthen Marche Region production system. The first regional calls on the new European Operative Plan (Por Marche ERDF 2014-2020) were introduced by Marche Region Research and Innovation office to the business and academic world during a meeting held at the auditorium of iGuzzini ( in Recanati on 12.03.2015. These first calls are three opportunities, said Ms Sara Giannini, Regional Minister for Industry Research and Innovation, to support priority sectors according to Marche Region Smart Specialization Strategy . “By granting vouchers to local SMEs, Marche Regions intends to support the ability of companies to exploit the opportunities offered by digital technology and the creation of partnerships between highest level consultants and our small and micro enterprises in order to participate to European projects” . By stimulating networks between large , small medium enterprises and research and innovation centers , we aim to facilitate the contamination between large and small business in order to keep production chains in the territory and offsetting globalization with production specialization,” said Mrs Sara Giannini. “Marche Region is going to a direction of great quality. The crisis, which is coming to the conclusion, has imposed to synthesize our objectives, our priorities and focus on those resources that we have. There are all the necessary conditions for our Region to intercept the economic recovery and allow companies to make a leap forward in the direction of quality, innovation, research and implementation of new production systems. ” These actions will have a significant impact on employment: “The transversality of sectors that are touched by the three calls, especially activities that will be funded and which relate mainly to product innovation, the financing of patents and the aggregation of business networks – said the regional Minister – need very qualified professionals, but also a production capacity equally qualified, so I think that what we offer is definitely a challenge for the university system, for technology transfer centers, for companies, as well as an opportunity for the qualification of the workforce, that will be largely supported by the European Social Fund. ” According to Adolfo Guzzini (Chairman iGuzzini Lighting), “we need to think global and act local”. Addressing to the audience, Mr Guzzini argued: “ladies and gentlemen, the crisis has passed, because today we have a situation favorable overall, despite everything. Euro-dollar parity, pushing exports; low cost of oil; low cost of borrowing , ever had; reforms of the Renzi government that go in the right direction. We have broadband, an airport that connects us with the world. We have all the resources to do it. The associations are working to make the team, because the success of a business goes through the quality of human resources and lifelong learning. ” To the event took also part the General Director for Industrial Policy and Competitiveness of Ministry for the Economic Development, Stefano Firpo who outlined the new facilities for national research projects and smart specialization, which can count on a budget of 5 billion euro. Finally, Prof. Fulvio Esposito, Italian Delegate for the European space for research, highlighted the opportunities offered by the Italian Research Plan in order to synchronize public and private research to Horizon 2020 challenges. Regional Minister for research and innovation and productive activities Mrs Sara Giannini.

Adriatic Investment Forum @ GEC2015

Analysis and thoughts Last month, on 18th March 2015, the first Adriatic Investment Forum took place during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015. GEC ( is an annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and researchers from all over the world, and this year hosted inspiring talks from, among others, Andrea Illy, Oscar Farinetti and Bob Dorf. So, all the partners from the NEXT Project flew to Milan, for meeting with stakeholders coming from more than 150 countries in the world. Partners attending the Congress had the opportunity to promote the NEXT-IS platform, and to highlight the entrepreneurial ecosystem of their own region, thanks to a dedicated booth, located inside the exhibition area, and dedicated to the NEXT Project. During the Congress, from Tuesday 17th March to Thursday 19th March, almost 10.000 attendees visited the exhibition area.   Prior to the event, NEXT partners selected the best entrepreneurs from every country participating in the project, willing to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. At the end of the process, fourteen entrepreneurs took the chance to present their entrepreneurial ideas and activities, directly from the stage of the Adriatic Investment Forum. Business angels and investors, invited at the Forum, gave their feedback to the entrepreneurs right after the presentation. This represented a unique opportunity for them to hear tips and suggestions, directly from professionals involved in the venture capital industry, gaining experience and improving their presentation skills. While the first part of the Adriatic Investment Forum was dedicated to entrepreneurs, the second part hosted a fireside chat on the state of entrepreneurship in the Adriatic Region, sharing experiences and best practices among NEXT partners and key stakeholders operating in the region. GEC2015 and the Adriatic Investment Forum have represented a big opportunity for NEXT partners: the chance to meet other professionals, involved at different levels in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, operating in the Adriatic Region (and even in other regions).

NEXT Project’s pitching event for entrepreneurs and investors

Goals and description of the event Next May, looking forward the conclusion of NEXT Project, and in order to achieve the best results, Marche Region will organize an exclusive pitching event, showcasing to professional investors and business angels the best entrepreneurial ideas from the Adriatic Region. After having promoted the NEXT-IS Platform among stakeholders operating in any country participating to the project, the best entrepreneurs will be selected and gathered to Ancona, for an intesive two days event. The first step will be a crash course on investor readiness and how to pitch, organized by META Group. The course will be splitted into two different strands, a common part to sum up do’s and don’ts for attracting investments, and one to one meetings for customizing presentations on the needs of every single entrepreneur. The goal will be to refine all the presentations, making them more attractive before meeting potential investors. The second step will be the pitching event of the entrepreneurs trained, followed by a networking lunch and B2B meetings with potential investors (previously invited to attend the event). The goal will be to bridge the gap between investors and entrepreneurs, helping the raising of innovative ideas and the match-making process.

REDASP Workshop – Support for using the online platform

Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje in the framework of Next Project (Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer) organized the Workshop – Support for using the online platform.   The workshop was held on 10th March 2015 in Business Innovation Centre (Kragujevac, Serbia). The workshop presented the strategic framework and infrastructure for support innovation at national and regional level, through the use of the NEXT collaborative platform.   In the first part of the workshop REDASP emphasized so far implemented the project activities and services offered by the project NEXT and its important implications in helping companies who want to invest in the Adriatic territories.   After that, REDASP has presented the possibility of networking in order to develop project ideas and apply for international funds, and using the platform, through to the introduction of objectives, potential users, the process of registration and all services, as well as to exchange news, events and other materials in the field of innovation technology transfer.   The NEXT platform is web tool platform, so participants are directly able to see all the sections and the entire set of services that the platform offers, as well as users who are already registered. In addition, participants were introduced with support user guide for independent registration process.   Participants were representatives of local authorities, University, Business Innovation Centre, companies and clusters who were very satisfied and expressed interest in the services of the NEXT platform and the development of the project NEXT.