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The KNOW-HUB project

KNOW-HUB bridges the gap of shortage of knowledge, skills and experience of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. The practitioners from 10 EU regions will collaborate in reviewing their policies and practices to identify issues for improvement and good practices to share with others. They will learn together how to apply the knowledge and experience identified in the peer review process, and sharing this knowledge with the aid of modern knowledge management tools.


The fourth-annual Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators report showcases the 100 most innovative organizations around the world in 2014. It highlights changes in list representation, industry-wise and geographically, as well as from a time-trend standpoint.

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.

Conference held in the framework of the INTERREG IVC projects KNOW-HUB and TR3S

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.