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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.


Interesting background reading by the JRC and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies of Newcastle University.

This free of charge report (registration required) examines the future of manufacturing, how senior executives should spread best practices, why leadership-development programs fail, taking data analytics to the next level, and Starbucks’ Indian expansion. A worthwile read!

The 'SMEs: Clusters and Emerging Industries' Unit at the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General is inviting regional organisations to take advantage, free of charge, of advisory support services offered by the European Cluster Observatory in view of better capitalising on the cluster concept for the renewal of their industries and the promotion of entrepreneurship and SME growth. The aim is to assist regions in designing modern cluster policies to take maximum advantage of the transformative power of innovation towards shaping industrial value chains, sectors and emerging industries.

We highly recommend having a look at this short but very inspiring document by OISPG and Intel Labs Europe.

This 6th edition of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of innovation performance across 190 regions of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. The Scoreboard accompanies the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) which benchmarks innovation performance at the level of Member States. We've highlighted some interesting facts for you.

Helping managing authorities in planning and deploying sustainable energy investments in buildings within their Cohesion Policy operational programmes – this is the main goal of the 'Financing the energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion Policy funding' technical guidance.

In the framework of the FP7 MIRRIS project (http://www.mirris.eu) EURADA looked into the DG Research databases on EU13 SME participation in FP7 and compared these data with Deloitte's top 50 of fast growing SMEs.

This factsheet has been produced in support of the Commission 2013 Strategic report on cohesion policy programme implementation (2007-2013). It should be read in conjunction with that report (COM(2013) 210) and the accompanying Staff Working Document (SEC(2013) 129) available on this website: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/how/policy/strategic_report_en.cfm

NESTA's Compendium of evidence on the effectiveness of innovation policy comprises a series of 20 reports presenting a nice overview of the effectiveness of innovation support measures.