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Towards Regional spEcialisation for Smart growth spirit

challenges innovation processes


smart transformation


regions competitiveness

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exchange cooperation clusters


policy partnership strong growth tr3s modernization research economy

Smart specialisation is a novelty for EU regional policy and is proposed as ex‑ante conditionality for the use of the ERDF in the EU Structural Funds 2014‑20. It calls for the development of a dedicated strategy (RIS3) using a so-called “entrepreneurial process of discovery” for its design, identifying where a region can benefit from specialising in a particular area of science and technology. The European Commission suggests that the development of smart specialisation strategies should aim at concentrating resources on the most promising areas of regional comparative advantage, e.g. on clusters, existing sectors and crosssectoral activities, eco-innovation, high value-added markets or specific research areas.

Smart Specialisation Strategies in a nutshell

TR3S suggests an original approach assimilated to the “cooking processes” where tradition is mixed with specialisation, innovation and creativity, being above all spaces and laboratories for experimentation, learning, creation and transformation, as the regions are. Identification of Experience

“Living kitchen” sessions

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 TR3S – Towards Regional spEcialisation for Smart growth spirit – is a three years INTERREG IVC regional initiative project that deals directly with smart specialisation.  The project brings together 10 partners in 9 EU regions representing different realities and innovation ecosystems. TR3S develops actions to provide a platform and mechanisms for collection, exchange and transfer of experiences, good practices and views about smart specialisation strategies in different regions in Europe.

Towards Smart Specialisation Strategies in TR3S

Benefits of TR3S for the partner regions  Through joint interregional action and by looking at new approaches, such as open innovation and user driven innovation, the consortium regions will benefit from:    The analysis of regional capacities and innovation ecosystems to specify the regional strengths, will help regions to approach their RIS3 Strategies.    The exchange and transfer of experiences of the delivery instruments and horizontal approaches used to implement a RIS3, will be inspiring to stimulate cooperation among the partners regions.    The identification of Good Practices in innovation policy processes, will allow also smart specialisation in policy making process in each region.    TR3S will help to mobilise the regional stakeholders for the strategy process. Based on “living lab” approach, regional events will be conducted with stakeholders in order to involve relevant institutions and actors in the RIS3 development process.

The TR3S project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVC programme

TR3S project partners Lead partner: Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation (Basque Country, ES) Contact: Ms Ezekiela Arrizabalaga ( SPRI S.A. (Basque Country, ES) Contact: Mr Txomin Olabarri ( Pannon Business Network Association (Nyugat-Dunantul, HU) Contact: Mr Mátyás Lazáry ( Scottish Enterprise (Scotland, UK) Contact: Mr Ian McCoull ( Valga County Government (Eesti, EE) Contact: Ms Kersti Lepik ( Regione Piemonte (Piemonte, IT) Contact: Ms Stefania Crotta ( Bucharest – Ilfov Regional Development Agency (Bucuresti-Ilfov, RO) Contact: Mr Daniel Popescu ( Lubelskie Voivodeship (Lubelskie, PL) Contact: Ms Anna Kępa ( The Baltic Institute of Finland (Pirkanmaa, FI) Contact: Mr Esa Kokkonen ( Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Stuttgart, DE) Contact: Ms Stephanie Fleischmann (


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