South Moravian Region

The Smart Specialization Strategy effectively targets funds (European, national, regional and private) towards activities that strengthen innovation capacity and towards the priority-marked areas of those specializations striving to increase the competitiveness of the Czech Republic. In the Czech context, the output from fulfilling these preliminary conditions has been the Regional Innovation Strategies, the regional dimensions of which are provided in the 14 regional appendices, focused on the specifics of forming a regional innovation strategy for the regions in question. One aspect of these regional appendices is to detail with greater precision the national priorities in relation to science and research, and the innovation potential of that particular region. The Regional Innovation Strategy of the South Moravian Region 2014–2020 (RIS SMR) is a fundamental strategic document of the South Moravian Region and the statutory city of Brno for implementing policy to support competitiveness, founded in particular on innovation and maximizing the economic benefits of public investment into research and education. The RIS SMR was established to create the conditions for competitive, knowledge-intensive business, in particular through investment in raising standards in education and research, improving the image of the SMR and through direct support of entrepreneurial activities.

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South Moravian Region

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The South Moravian Region is situated in the southeast of the Czech Republic, bordering on Austria and Slovakia. Its area of 7,188 km2 covers approximately 9 % of the Czech Republic's territory. The region is further divided into seven districts (Blansko, Brno-City, Brno-Country, Břeclav, Hodonín, Vyškov and Znojmo). The region consists of 673 municipalities. Region has great economic potential. The number of businesses in computer technology, telecommunications, software development and other hi-tech fields has been increasing significantly, particularly in recent years. The South Moravian Region offers significant support to the development of technology and biotechnology incubators designed for new companies. It is a home to a number of research and innovation centres. The biggest ones are: CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology); CzechGlobe (Global Change Research Centre); FNUSA-ICRC (International Clinical Research Center); JIC (South Moravian Innovation Centre).

Strategic R&I Projects


The aim of STARGATE (reSilienT fARminG Adaptive microclimaTe managEment) is to create and implement a framework that will improve the resilience of farming to variable climatic conditions and extreme weather events and it will also help policymakers in landscape planning and long-term adaptation to climate change.


The aim is to improve innovation policies for ameliorating the critical mass development of innovation ecosystems in the water technology sector that could create the conditions for raising competitiveness, growth and jobs in the regions.


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DT4REGIONS Award: Submit your solution for digital transformation - deadline extended!

The DT4REGIONS Award, an initiative of the Digital Transformation for Regions project in which ERRIN is a partner, is now open for submissions until 30 November. The call is open for AI or Big Data based, currently implemented solutions for digital transformation of public services. Selected winners will bring recognition to their initiatives across Europe.

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DT4REGIONS Ideathon: AI potential in Preventive Health Care

In October 2022, ERRIN's DT4REGIONS project in cooperation with the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council will organise four ideathon workshops for Artificial Intelligence Potential in Preventive Healthcare. We are looking for new ideas how to use AI for preventive healthcare – awards are waiting for the best ones!

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DT4REGIONS Platform and Award launched

As of 1 July 2022, the first version of the DT4REGIONS Platform to enable the development of AI and Big Data solutions for regional and local public administrations will be officially released. At the same time, the DT4REGIONS Award for the best solution for digital transformation based on AI and Big Data currently in use by public administration in Europe will be launched.

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Invitation to express interest in attending ICRI 2022

From 19-21 October in Brno, the ICRI 2022: International Conference on Research Infrastructures will take place. As the ICRI 2022 onsite attendance is by invitation only, ERRIN invites network members who would like to participate in the conference in person to send an email with an expression of interest by 11 July 2022.

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Consortium of six regions is looking for a leader to organise an EWRC event on youth empowerment

Maramures (Romania), Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem (Croatia), Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), South Moravia Region (Czech Republic), Umbria (Italy) and Wielkopolska Region (Poland) are currently looking for a leader to organise an event on youth empowerment during this year's EWRC (10-13 October 2022).

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Take part in a survey and shape the future DT4REGIONS platform - deadline extended!

ERRIN’s DT4REGIONS project is gaining pace. We invite all regional and local administrations with an interest in digital transformation to take part in a survey as part of DT4REGIONS stakeholder mapping and capacity building efforts, carried out in collaboration with the Living-in.EU initiative. Gathered input will contribute to shaping the future DT4REGIONS platform.