North-West Regional Development Agency

North-West RDA is the coordinator of the Smart Specialization Strategy for the North-West Region of Romania, being in charge of its continuous updates, monitoring and assistance to maturation stages of the innovative projects portfolio continuously developing in the region. North-West RDA is strongly embedded into the regional development ecosystem, including public, business and academia components, by continuous collaboration within joint initiatives and projects. The embedded INNO Platform - - assists foreign investors to invest in North-West Romania, for both corporates and promising startups. Acts also as a business accelerator and of promoter of innovations from the regions across EU and beyond.

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North-West Regional Development Agency

S3 Strategy

The smart specialisation sectors of the North-West Region of Romania are clustered in three main pillars:


  • Agri-food
  • Cosmetic industry & food supplements
  • Health


  • New materials
  • Advanced production technologies


A policy mix of sectors supports the NW Region S3 main pillars, such as circular economy/ green & environment technologies, smart city & smart villages integrating urban/rural development with digital solutions and creative industries.

Strategic R&I Projects

TitleBISNet Transylvania - part of ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK

Assisting companies for boosting competitiveness, internationalization and innovation.


Digital transformation of advanced manufacturing SMEs.


Vouchers schemes for Industry 4.0 solutions.

BOOST - Boosting Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Facilitating the creation of a fast-lane interregional collaboration framework between innovation-related stakeholders from five European regions and designing a joint Action Plan supporting innovation for the next five years.


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  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Be.CULTOUR Project wraps up a successful journey on circular cultural tourism

In a dynamic two-day event held on 5 – 6 May in Naples, Be.CULTOUR, project in which ERRIN is a partner, successfully hosted its final event 'Beyond Cultural Tourism: Beautiful, Circular, Human'. The results of the project, the tools developed, and the materials and guides produced to inspire and accompany any other regions interested in boosting their sustainability and entrepreneurship of local cultural tourism are available on the Be.CULTOUR website.

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

Join the second European Heritage Youth Residency in Romania | Apply by 22 April 2024

Europa Nostra, the largest European network of heritage organisations, Tășuleasa Social and Asociația Monumentum, both winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, will organise the second edition of the European Heritage Youth Residencies from 27 June until 3 July 2024 in Romania.

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

Be.CULTOUR peer-learning visit – Policy recommendations on circular cultural tourism

The Be.CULTOUR community gathered in Sciacca, Italy, on 21 -22 September, for the second Be.CULTOUR peer-learning study visit.  The event, organised by ERRIN and hosted by The 5 Senses Open-air Museum of Sciacca, one of the 16 Be.CULTOUR mirror ecosystems, provided an excellent opportunity for 50 participants coming from different countries in Europe to share inputs for the Be.CULTOUR policy recommendations on circular tourism and engage in knowledge-sharing and best-practice discussions.  

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

ERRIN members get Saltaire Inspired: Be.CULTOUR study-visit & Local workshop in Saltaire, Bradford

International partners from Be.CULTOUR project community traveled to West Yorkshire from 27 to 30 May to learn more about key events and destinations in the district, including Bradford 2025, exchange successful approaches and build collaborations. The visit was organised in the frame of the peer-learning activities of Be.CULTOUR, where Saltaire Inspired, an arts charity creating contemporary art events in Saltaire Industrial Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the 16 mirror ecosystems. Among the visitors, 3 ERRIN members took part in the event, presenting their innovative approaches toward circular cultural tourism and experience as Capitals of Culture: the City of Leeuwarden, APT Basilicata and the City of Savonlinna.

  • By Anonymous

Partner search for Interreg Europe call on legal instruments for S3 and improving cooperation

Madrid and Northern Transylvania region (through ADR Nord-vest) are searching for partners for an Interreg Europe call. The project aims to contribute to solving some of the obstacles of R+D+i in the European Union by transforming research results into profitable innovations that generate new economies, wealth and jobs.

  • By Ioana Dragos

MIND4MACHINES Open Call for Industry 4.0

The MIND4MACHINES Open Call launched on 14 February 2023 targets SMEs (including micro-enterprises or startUps), which develop innovative solutions for improvement and efficiency of the manufacturing industry, such as: ICT software or hardware-based technologies, cybersecurity, cloud computing,  artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, robotics, industrial automation, machine learning.