Project S3-4AlpClusters

Smart Specialisation Strategies to Build an Innovation Model for Alp Clusters

The development and implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (“S3”) are promoted by the European Commission in all regions participating in the Structural Funding programmes 2014 to 2020, and are considered as a prerequisite for the granting of funding for research and innovation from the Structural Funds. During this period, the EU is supporting the positive development of economic growth and the labour market, as well as the reduction of economic and social disparities, with more than 450 billion euros (including national co-financing). The respective "Smart Specialisation" strategies of the programme regions serve for governments to distribute the funds made available by the EU over the long term in a smart and coordinated manner.

The eleven regions, which are covered by the Interreg project "S3-4AlpClusters" ("Smart Specialisation Strategies to Build an Innovation Model for Alp Clusters") - 14 facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland, where the project is also headed, are involved - have all developed a specialisation strategy, but are in various stages of operative implementation. The S3-4AlpClusters project, launched in November 2016, pursues an innovative approach and has identified clusters as a promising starting point for better implementation of specialisation strategies in the Alpine region.

In order to improve the conditions for innovation and growth in the Alpine regions involved in the project, a joint action plan for the cluster structures is being developed in a transregional approach, as well as a joint analysis of the existing S3s. The project aims to strengthen the impact of regional economic policy on corporate structures, and is divided into three phases: While Phase 1 includes an inventory and the development of new approaches to the best possible implementation of the strategies for intelligent specialisation for regional decision-makers, a cluster-wide innovation model will be developed in Phase 2. This will then be tested using pilot clusters in Phase 3. 

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