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Project blog focuses on important issues, papers, discussions related to the project theme developments. Bloggers are practitioners who work with innovation policies for many years. Please read their profiles to learn more about each author and his/her organisation.

2014.12.01.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

BDI Deutsche Telekom Stiftung Innovation Indicator 2014

The Innovation Indicator has been published annually on behalf of the German Telekom Foundation and the Federation of German Industries since 2005. It shows how capable the innovation systems of different countries are. Currently, 35 countries are being evaluated via 38 single indicators.
2014.10.21.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

AGORADA 2014+, Bilbao (18/20 November 2014): Paving the Way to Regional Smart Growth

Conference held in the framework of the INTERREG IVC projects KNOW-HUB and TR3S
2014.09.02.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Dominique Foray's new book on Smart Specialisation: opportunities and challenges for regional innovation policies now available

This is the first book on a new policy approach that has been widely adopted in Europe and beyond. It analyses the concept of smart specialisation and discuss the need for smart specialisation strategies, explains why the approach is new and different from more standard policy processes and explores what are the conditions for successful implementation.
2014.09.01.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

REDI: The Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index Measuring Regional Entrepreneurship

The Europe 2020 economic growth strategy emphasizes the role of Regional Policy in unlocking the growth potential of EU regions. Through Smart Specialization and, in particular, the flagship initiative, “Innovation Union,” the European Commission promotes innovation in all regions while ensuring complementarity between EU-, national-, and regional-level support for innovation, R&D;, ICT, and entrepreneurship. To effectively implement Smart Specialisation policies, reliable and relevant metrics are needed to track regional strengths and weaknesses in innovation and entrepreneurship. While metrics to track innovation are well established due to the long- standing focus of EU economic policy on innovation, measures to track entrepreneurship in EU regions are relatively less varied. It is the objective of this report to develop a systemic index– called the Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index (hereinafter called REDI for short)– to strengthen the portfolio of entrepreneurship at the regional level in the EU.
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

The European Commission announces the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and other programmes

Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related programmes to boost impact and efficiency - Guidance for policy makers and implementing bodies
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Consultation on Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016-2017

The objective of the Part V of Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' is: "to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility". To that end, it indicates that the focus will be on the following 8 specific activities.
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

First Horizon 2020 Work Programme update – launch of FTI and innovation prizes

The adoption of the updated 2014-2015 Horizon 2020 Work Programme confirms the amounts for the actions to be implemented through next year's budget – see table in the link – and brings in two main novelties presented here: a new pilot call for Fast Track to Innovation and five research Innovation Prizes.
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

6th 'Cohesion Report' confirms energy efficiency, job creation and SME support as the main target of investments

The Report analyses the state of cohesion of the Union and highlights the challenges faced by national, regional and local authorities in overcoming the impact of the financial and economic crisis. In particular it finds that Cohesion Policy has cushioned the dramatic decline of public investment, injecting much needed investment resources in many Member States and creating vital financial stability which serves to attract private investment.
2014.07.29.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

EU Cohesion Policy data - New platform launched

Through Cohesion Policy funding, the EU invests approximately €50 billion each year in economic development at the national and regional level (around 34% of the total EU budget). These investments are designed to help Member States and regions reach the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
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