A regional and local perspective – why place-based innovation ecosystems are important

To achieve and maximise impact of EU programmes related to research and innovation, regional and local innovation ecosystems are crucial. Innovation takes place in a precise location and there are specific local conditions which make such innovation ecosystems flourish.

A wide range of stakeholders – academia, industry, the public sector, and civil society – need to be involved in collaborative projects. Ecosystems bring together stakeholders from different sectors and with different skills to improve the sourcing of new knowledge, allow for the development of more relevant products and services, and to provide space for the testing of new technologies to build acceptance.

Our expertise lies in the close collaboration with our members and in our ability to provide concrete input based on experience and expertise.

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ERRIN contribution the Horizon Europe strategic planning process

The present contribution to the Horizon Europe strategic planning process is based on input from our members and especially from our Working Group leaders in the respective thematic clusters. The work has been coordinated by a dedicated taskforce in our Policy Working Group.

Our position


Blue building

In short we advocate for:


A collaborative approach

To fundamentally change the way that local and regional actors work together in the quadruple helix model focusing on the wider regional development agenda and ecosystem thinking.

A coherent approach

To increase the impact of research and innovation policy and programmes, place-based innovation ecosystems should be part of Horizon Europe to better coordinate research and innovation priorities, practices, and funding at all governance levels.

A complementary approach

There should be complementarities between Horizon Europe and other EU programmes such as ERDF, Digital Europe, and Creative Europe.

Horizon Europe - place-based innovation ecosystems

Our short policy paper outlining the importance of place-based innovation ecosystems in the next framework programme for research and innovation.

Our Policy Work

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

EU Circular Economy Action Plan adopted

The Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan which aims to protect the environment by further implementing measures on the life cycle of products. The action plan is an integral part of the EU Industrial Strategy announced yesterday and one of the main parts of the European Green Deal.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The European Industrial Strategy announced

The Commission has announced a new strategy that focuses on a new approach to European industrial policy. The new industrial strategy aims to drive competitiveness and strategic autonomy by supporting all players of European industry.

  • By Hilary Webb

RegioStars Awards 2020 focusses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

The 13th edition of the RegioStars competition is now accepting applications. This year the awards will celebrate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

  • By Magdalena Pacholska

Three fully-funded PhD studentships for Higher Education Research at Coventry University & Aarhus University

Coventry University and Aarhus University have collaborated to design a joint PhD studentship programme and are inviting applications from suitably qualified UK or European graduates for three fully-funded PhD studentships for research into higher education.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Joint message on Interregional Innovation Investments

As the MFF 2021-2027 negotiations are coming to a crucial point, we, as key European regions, interregional smart specialisation partnerships and other innovation stakeholders, would like to raise your attention to the new instrument proposed by the European Commission.

  • By Hilary Webb

Managing authorities and intermediate bodies to participate in pilot action on engaging citizens with cohesion policy

DG Regio has launched a call for expressions of interest for managing authorities and intermediate bodies of Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund programmes wishing to explore closer cooperation with citizens in the implementation of cohesion policy.