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

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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 Hilary Webb

European Week of Regions and Cities

Brussels' biggest event dedicated to regional policy, the European Week of Regions and Cities, will take place in Brussels from 12th - 15th October 2020.

  • By Hilary Webb

European Research and Innovation Days 2020

The dates for this year's European Research & Innovation Days have been announced as 22nd - 24th September 2020. The annual policy event brings stakeholders together to shape the future of the research and innovation landscape.

  • By Hilary Webb

WIRE 2020: XI - Week of innovative regions of Europe

The dates for 2020's Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) have been announced as 22nd - 24th April 2020.

  • By Anna Tranberg

Horizon Europe - place-based innovation ecosystems

ERRIN's one-pager on the importance of place-based innovation ecosystems in the next framework programme for research and innovation.

  • By Hilary Webb

Place-based innovation ecosystems: why context matters

A science for policy workshop on 'placed-based innovation ecosystems: why context matters', will take place in Brussels in March. The workshop will present 5 case studies before an open debate with policymakers.

  • By Hilary Webb

EU Digital Policy Discussion: Digital Europe for All

CoR invites you to attend this discussion that will consider how to strengthen local and regional dimensions in an inclusive digital single market.