Horizon 2020, How to best leverage on 2014-2020 structural Fund

Europe as a whole must advance significantly in research and innovation performances in order to make the EU the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy, as foreseen in the Europe 2020 strategy. H2020 is going to be a key programme for allowing countries to better leverage on knowledge and research. MIRRIS (Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems) aims at encouraging a better exploitation of European research and innovation programmes and a larger participation to the European Research Area of the 13 new EU countries by setting up a process of analysis, dialogue and mutual learning among key concerned stakeholders. More on the attached brief  

What to learn from Smart Specialisation Strategies: A case study from Italy

RIS3 Umbria at a Glance RIS3 identifies five main directions for change: i) research results valorisation; ii) innovative start-ups and knowledge intensive entrepreneurship; iii) openness towards international markets; iv) diversification of regional enterprises; v) quality of life and attractiveness of the region. RIS3 also selects green chemistry, agro-food and aerospace as areas for regional specialisation. RIS3 concentrates resources from all the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for a total of almost €300m. The planned policy interventions will promote clustering of firms to bring product to the markets while opening up to participants from outside the region and access to services (including ones related to creativity and design). Possibility to activate demand side initiatives (Pre-commercial Public Procurement) is also envisaged for the first time in a regional policy mix defined in the RIS3. Relevance for NEXT – Learning opportunities Focus on downstream activities in the research to market value chain The fragmentation of the production structure, a specialisation in low and medium-low technology sectors, the weakness of endogenous R&D at international level has suggested to concentrate interventions in facilitating access to R&D results wherever they are made available and to support knowledge intensive start-up creation (which was not present in the previous programming period) and demonstration activities. Being this focus a novelty and the knowledge intensive sector weak if not absent, there is a potential risk of some inertia, especially from the regional R&D actors to keep focusing on R&D carried out in co-operation with local SMEs rather than taking an opportunity to exploit possibility of market applications in Umbria and outside. Connecting demand for innovative solutions to entrepreneurial talents The need to diversify the regional economic structure moving towards more added value areas and access innovative solutions by endogenous SMEs and public institutions has led to the choice of investing the ESIF resources in company creation leveraging on the talents living in the region or willing to return back to Umbria. The detailed design of interventions connecting innovation demand (coming from citizens, institutions and existing SMES) with new solutions available on the market and entrepreneurial talents is going to be a key task for regional policy makers together with the integration of private service providers into the regional ecosystem. The proper implementation of the demand-side actions (pre-commercial public procurement) will also be crucial for the success of the intervention. Strategic projects to cluster SMEs in areas of specialisation Regione Umbria will finance few selected “strategic projects” bringing together big industries, SMEs and R&D actors with the two-fold objective of reinforcing competitiveness and excellence in the selected specialisation areas and boosting innovation at urban level. The strategic projects are supposed to be identified and defined with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders using the “programmazione negoziata” (negotiated planning) bottom-up approach. This, if, on the side, will ensure a true application of the “entrepreneurial process of discovery”, on the other may induce delays in the implementation of the measure with the risk of not achieving the planned results.

Business Relay and Innovation Center – BRIC

As Albania currently lacks a support body bringing enterprises fully into the innovation dynamics, a Business Relay and Innovation centre (BRIC) is being set up to fill the institutional gap in the Albanian innovation system and implement the programmes supporting actions of the Business Innovation and Technology (BITS) policy according to the Strategic Programme for the Development of Innovation and Technology of SMEs (2011-2016). Its purpose is to address the following tasks: 1. Awareness raising and promotion; 2. Provision of information; 3. Technology transfer and diffusion; 4. International technology and knowledge transfer; 5. Entrepreneurship, quality and process improvement; 6. Financial resources.
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Report form IV International Stock of entrepreneurial ideas

 

 IV International Stock of Entrepreneurial Ideas

  On Europe Day – 9th May, UDG was traditionally organized International Stock of Entrepreneurial Ideas, fourth in a row. The goal of the International Stock is to foster the development of entrepreneurship, and business ideas, first of all, of high school and university students from Montenegro and the region. International Stock of Entrepreneurial Ideas sends a message of awakening the entrepreneurial skills of students and young people in Montenegro. The International Stock brought together representatives of 30 of the most successful Montenegrin companies that, as a “demand” sides, bought up the ideas of young entrepreneurs. The International Stock is an event where high school and university students present their business ideas (“offer ideas”). This year 92 ideas were reported. The ideas are processed in accordance with the methodology established by UDG. The organizer has performed a preliminary selection of the applicants’ ideas and chose top 10. Accepted business ideas were presented at business ideas ranking, and according to the Rules and regulations of the business ideas ranking on the International Stock, they had the opportunity to be presented to “demand” sides. The ideas that did not qualify among top 10 are presented in the special edition of “The Book of Ideas” and presented companies had the opportunity to make a bid   for these ideas, too. All these ideas represent “Offers” at the stock market. The presentation of the IPA Adriatic project, NEXT Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer was held within The IV International Stock. The presentation introduced the goal of the project, the establishment of an international web platform that will enable communication between business and the research sector in the Mediterranean region, as well as future activities.  Bearing in mind that the participants of the stock, “demand”  sides, are Montenegro’s largest companies (which employ 11 000 people in Montenegro), and that on the “offers” side were faculties  from the region, the sole aim of the project is practically displayed here. All participants received a booklet of project. This event has taken on a regional and even European character, and  this year turnover at INTERNATIONAL STOCK OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS has reached 25,000.00 EUR.  The participation of sponsors and leading companies from Montenegro is an additional guarantee for the development vision of the event. You can find detailed report in attachment.  

Marche Regional Authority – Innovation, Research and Competitivness of productive sectors Unit – Lead Partner Next

imageInnovation, Research and Competitiveness of productive sectors Unit (I&R Unit) is one of the 6 units of the Industry and Craftsman Department of the Marche Region. It is composed of 7 internal staff members. Regarding the drafting and implementing of CB projects, the Unit can be supported by the regional development agency “SVIM”. This is a company (100% share owned by Marche Region) with a total staff structure of about 25 members covering all phases of project cycle. Both the Unit and SVIM headquarters are well equipped with all the office and web tools necessary for the successful CB projects implementation and joint partnership coordination. In the last 3 years, the I&R Unit has injected in the regional economic tissue about 100 ml Euro from EU and State funds stimulating private investments (for about 300 ml Euro) in research, technological transfer, innovative practice, creation of spin-off, etc. to increase regional enterprises international competiveness.

Metris, research in Istria

Schermata 2014-05-19 alle 10.28.36The research centre for metals in the Region of Istria – METRIS was established within the project Research Centre for Metal Industry in Istrian County – MET.R.IS. The contract of co-financing of the realization of the project , worth 740.000,00 EUR, was signed on 30th September 2008. The European Commission participated in the project with 485.440,00 EUR (65.60%) and the duration of the project was 14 months, i.e. until 30th November 2009. The project MET.R.IS. has been approved for co-financing within the New Adriatic Cross-Border Neighbourhood Programme  financed from the PHARE 2006 fund. It achieved the highest number of points on the ranking list of the projects evaluated by the committee and won the first place and the largest budget awarded to a project. The Partners in the project were the Istrian Development Agency (IDA) d.o.o., which is also the project leader, the Istrian County and the Italian Province of Venezia, with the support of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from Zagreb and the Technical School, Polytechnic Studies in Pula. The main goal of the project was the creation of an infrastructural basis for innovative research and development in the metals industry in the Istrian County with the purpose to improve the level of the research and development projects put into operation and to influence the competitiveness of the Istrian and Croatian metals industry on the global market. The specific goal of the project was to provide research and development services for the small and medium sized metals industry operators (SMEs) in the Istrian County. http://www.metris-research.com/index.php?id=28&L=1

AITA: Albanian ICT Association

imageThe Albanian Information Technology Association was established in 2007 on the initiative of some of the Albanian companies operating in the IT sector.

The organization works towards:

• Identifying, recognizing and addressing barriers to growth in the IT sector; • Being the leading voice of the IT sector in the country; • Promoting the Albanian IT products/services in and outside Albania; • Introducing and encouraging the expansion of internationally accepted IT standards in Albania; • Supporting innovation in Albania; • Driving IT education, and improving curricula in the sector of IT.

Agronomski i prehrambeno-tehnološki fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru – Partner NEXT

Agriculture and Food Tecaptfhnology is a higher education institute of the University of Mostar , which educates and develops human resources for the agricultural and food industries .

It began its work in 1994. , And was officially registered with the High Court ruling of the court in Mostar in Mostar number U/S.9/98 . The emergence of this college is the result of increased demand for education staff for agriculture as a very important activity within the development strategy of the region and beyond, as well as an important segment of the national economy .

At the first meeting of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Agriculture , University of Mostar in 1994. Was elected dean prof . Dr. be . James Cup , a decision of the Governing Council of the University and endorsed . On the way of development of the college , there were many difficulties in terms of accommodation , staff and equipment , and it gradually solved and completed the so Faculty now has a severe form and content capable of providing services that are meant to him .

Faculty development will go towards ensuring the best possible conditions for normal teaching process , as well as other supporting activities . The curriculum is projected study of the general direction , which in these conditions corresponds to real needs . Also planned is a postgraduate program that will provide an opportunity for further training of personnel who will partially tie their future work in this university.

Read More  to: www.apfmo.org

University of Donja Gorica -UDG Partner Next

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Research Units

http://visit-ceed.org.me/

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED), is the first economic think-tank established in Montenegro to support entrepreneurship and economic development. The mission of the CEED is—through its programs, projects, and advocacy activities – to promote and practically implement in Montenegro the ideas of a free market, entrepreneurship, and private ownership in an open, socially responsible and democratic society with the rule of law. Since its establishment more then 15 years ago, CEED participated in implementation of important programs and projects which resulted in improvement of business environment in Montenegro and policy development based on objective and reliable analyses.

Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognosis

http://issp.me/

The Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognosis (ISSP) is the leading independent economic think tank in Montenegro, serving as:

  •   An institution to set the agenda for advocating reform;
  •   A vehicle to communicate economic change through data, analysis and publications; and
  •  A training ground for a cadre of young economists, analysts, lawyers and other experts to understand the elements and analytical requirements for economic transformation.

Read More to: http://www.udgedu.me/en/

AZRRI: Agency for Rural Development of Istria Region Ltd, Pazin

imageThe Agency for Rural Development of Istria, Pazin is a limited company 100% owned by the County of Istria, and works closely with all county authorities and businesses, especially with the Department of Agriculture of the County of Istria, on joint projects especially for linking the public and private sectors, and projects that build the public infrastructure for the rural areas of the county. AZRRI was the first agency of this kind in Croatia with a specific purpose to coordinate production-wise activities into rural areas of Istria.