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Cohes3ion

COHES3ION aims at improving the performance and impact of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) and linked ERDF Operational Programmes in terms of delivery of innovation by Research & Innovation actors through the integration of the territorial dimension into S3 governance and policy mix, contributing additionally to territorial cohesion in terms of growth and jobs.

COHES3ION is composed by 8 European regions interested in integrating the territorial dimension into S3 governance, displaying different levels of maturity, areas of concern, and solutions, in the S3 governance & policy mix field. The shared common challenge is to align the S3 to all territorial levels with 2 aims:

  • Smart priorities: Identification of complementarities and synergies between the different levels, in terms of priority or niche opportunities, allowing for the farther specialization of specific territories (region, county, city, metropolis level).
  • Governance: Coordination of innovation support players promoting the mobilization of stakeholders and delivering innovation support services all along the territory.

 

Exchange of experience will focus on: 1) Definition and evaluation of S3 considering spatial planning and monitoring tools; 2) Horizontal coordination of innovation support services at different territory levels; 3) Alignment of placed-based S3 from sub-regional levels (province, county, metropolis, city) to regional S3.


To that end, COHES3ION will achieve the following outputs and results:

  •  Development of 8 Smart Territorial Maps.
  •  Identification and exchange of 20 good practices in 3 focus areas.
  •  Holding of 41 policy learning events with more than 240 stakeholders.
  •  Engagement of 8 Stakeholders Groups all along the exchange and strategic thinking process leading to the definition and implementation of 8 Regional Action Plans, aiming at the improvement of regional S3 governance and/or the development of new sub-regional S3.
  •  Issue of recommendations for the mainstreaming of the territorial dimension into ERDF Operational Programmes, S3 and other regional policies.

 


Partners:


BEAZ S.A.U. (Lead Partner)
Azaro Foundation
Southern Regional Assembly
Calabria Region
North-West Regional Development Agency
Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH
Region Stockholm
Mazowieckie Voivodeship / Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw
Welsh Government
Deusto Foundation

Your contact person

Dmitri Domanski
HUB-Manager | Smart Specialisation

Tel.: +49 201 632488-40
Fax: +49 201 632488-99

domanski@business.ruhr

Your contact person

Jennifer Apé
Project Manager | Smart Specialisation

Tel.: +49 201 632488-32
Fax: +49 201 632488-99

ape@business.ruhr