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Peer learning for innovation agencies

Peer learning for innovation agencies

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Working together for a better innovation support to SMEs

Why peer learning for innovation agencies?

The window of opportunity for an innovation agency to introduce new or revise existing support programmes is very narrow. The INNO-Partnering Forum (IPF, 2009-12), a collaborative project involving more than 20 European Innovation agencies, has recommended that policy learning has to be based on tools that can be easily mobilised by interested agencies at any time.

The IPF has developed and tested, ‘Twinning advanced’ and ‘Quality management in innovation agencies’ based on the EFQM Excellence model. Both tools rely on the expertise of peers and cooperation to develop and deliver better innovation support. Horizon2020 offers the tools to all agencies and supports collaboration by small grants.

Twinning advanced

3 agencies join forces in a project to explore ‘an innovation support challenge’, like:

  • The design of new instruments for a specific target group (creative industries, web start-ups) or issue (‘incubation’, ‘managing growth’);
  • The redesign of an existing service to deliver it more efficiently or create synergies between European, national, regional and local support;
  • Solutions for common problems linked to implementation, monitoring, impact assessment.

Agencies cooperate reviewing their own practices and those of third parties – including from overseas.

The partners jointly draft a ‘Design Options Paper’ that can be made available also to other interested agencies.

Horizon2020 supports any project using the twinning advanced method with a grant of €50.000

EFQM- Framework for innovation agencies

The EFQM Framework for Innovation Agencies can be used as follows:

  • As a structure to define and implement a consistent strategy;
  • As a tool for self-assessment, by measuring how the organisation is performing, and helping to understand the gaps towards excellence in managing the implementation of strategy;
  • As a tool for external assessment, e.g., for a group of agencies willing to start a joint learning and benchmarking process based on reciprocal assessments.

Innovation agencies wishing to develop their excellence with at least 2 foreign peers and an EFQM expert will be supported with a grant to cover a part of the costs. The grant will amount to €15.000

Finding partners

Peer learning requires partners. To facilitate formation of projects ‘Peer learning for innovation agencies’ has its own partnering platform that builds on the partner search facility on CORDIS.

Register on the platform and join the group ‘Peer learning for innovation agencies

This allows you to see the related documents, comment on the blog and contact peers.

Select the call ‘H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5’ as a ‘favourite call’

This allows you to formulate your own project idea and look for Partnership Requests in connection to this call.

As your project idea stays connected to your profile, please use the "Peer learning" group blog to inform other group members.

Who can participate

Any entity that is designing or delivering innovation support programmes to SME can participate in peer learning for innovation agency.

In case an organisation interested in peer learning is not part of the public administration it should demonstrate that it is entrusted by the administration at national, regional or local level to design and/or deliver support programmes.

Descriptions of methodologies are available on the CORDIS partnering platform.

Additional information

Results of the calls for proposals

Results of the evaluation of the call H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5 

Proposal acronym / Number Cut-off date Project duration Proposal title Beneficiaries Abstract Budget
TRANSINNOV /671522 11/2014 9 months Peer learning on ways to improve knowledge/technology transfer to SMEs in a structured innovation ecosystem 1. Agence de Stimulation Technologique BE 
2. Applied Research and Communications Fund BG 
3. Bretagne Developpement Innovation FR 
4. ASTER - Societa Consortile per Azioni IT 
The objectives of the project are:
1. Identification of practices, experiences, pilot projects set up aiming at enhancing/amplifying cooperation, networks and the ecosystems of knowledge/technology transfer; 
2. Sharing experience and identification of enabling or blocking factors in order to design and better implement practices within participating agencies and 
3. Dissemination and implementation of the results as widely as possible to start a learning process at the European level. 
€50.000
SME VALUE CHAINS/ 671524 11/2014 8 months Peer learning of innovation agencies about innovation support in SMEs in transnational business value chains 1. Vlaams Gewest BE 
2. Fundacio Balear d'Innovacio i Tecnologia ES 
3. Swerea IVF AB SE 
This proposal offers a peer learning exercise between 3 innovation agencies from small regions in the South, the North and the Centre of Europe. By means of the proven Twinning + methodology they'll focus on the common challenge of the design of innovation support for SME’s operating in cross border business value chains.  €50.000
SME Growth / 671525 11/2014 12 months AcceleGreat - SME Growth 1. Agence Regionale pour l'Innovation et l'internationalisation des entreprises de Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur FR 
2. Vlaams Gewest BE 
3. Mikkelin Seudun Elinkeinoyhtio Miset Oy FI 
The AcceleGreat project proposal aims at sharing experiences of the three innovation agencies composing the consortium. As the “shared challenge” identified by the consortium is the way to accelerate growth of high potential enterprises, the main objective is to understand how agencies can provide a better innovation support to this kind of enterprises. €50.000
CooExcell2015 / 680941 02/2015 8 months Collaborating for the excellence of public entities for business promotion. An example of policies aimed at the improvement of the competitiveness of the regional enterprises throughout the EFQM 1. AGENCIA DE DESARROLLO ECONOMICO DE LA RIOJA - ES 
2. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE WEST REGION - RO 
3. NORDIC INNOVATION - NOR
The objective of the project is to use the "EFQM Framework for Innovation Agencies" as a tool for self-assessment with a peer learning approach in which 3 European Innovation or Economic Agencies participate.  €15.000
EISS / 680942 02/2015 12 months Peer learning of innovation agencies about innovation support in SMEs in transnational business value chains 1. BUSINESS AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE - EL
2. FRIULI INNOVAZIONE CENTRO DI RICERCA E DI TRASFERIMENTO TECNOLOGICO SCARL - IT 
3. NORRIA ÉSZAK-MAGYARORSZÁGI REGIONÁLIS INNOVÁCIÓS ÜGYNÖKSÉG - HU
The aim of the project is to improve eco-innovation support services in smaller manufacturing companies from traditional sectors in the peripheral regions, where innovation services offer is often weak. The most important outcome is a joint Design Option Paper, which will serve as a “guide” or a “handbook” to other agencies and business support centres to provide similar, more focused services on eco-energy efficiency. €50.000
INNOWEST / 680934 02/2015 8 months Development of standardised innovation services through peer learning to efficiently increase innovation management capacity among SMEs 1. SWEREA IVF AB – SE
2. STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH
WILLI BLEICHER STRASSE 19, STUTTGART – DE
3. SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE - UK
The objective of the project is to develop, design and re-design new and existing innovation services as standardised modules so that support organisations can assess the needs and deliver the most appropriate support in a more efficient manner. The peer learning will take place between three innovation agencies, who are also partners in the Enterprise Europe Network, and with external expert organisations depending on the outcome. The result will be documented in a Design Option Paper (DOP) that will identify and document implementation options, guidelines and implementation alternatives. €50.000
MEVINO / 680943 02/2015 12 months Making an easy and valuable way for innovation with peer learning 1. MEVLANA KALKINMA AJANSI – TR
2. FUNDACION CENTRO EUROPEO DE EMPRESAS E INNOVACION-ALBACETE
3.AGENTZIYA ZA REGIONALNO IKONOMICHESKO RAZVITIE-STARA ZAGORA – BG
4. KOMPASS ZENTRUM FÜR EXISTENZGRÜNDUNGEN GGMBH
The goal of the project is to increase regional SMEs’ innovation activities through a more effective delivery of professional entrepreneurial support for potential innovative entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups. 
The entrepreneurial activities of the partner organisations and their experiences will be shared in a structured way following the 4+1 Phase Model. Peer reviews of the current entrepreneurial support services provided by the partner organisations and the peer learning process will result in the elaboration of the joint Design Options Paper with individual improvement measures for the 4 partner organisations. 
€50.000
Peer-BIT / 680936 02/2015 12 months Peer learning in business innovation tools for SMEs 1. JIC, ZAJMOVE SDRUZENI PRAVNICKCH OSOB – CZ
2. VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS
3. OBEROSTERREICHISCHE TECHNOLOGIE-UNDMARKETINGGESELLSCHAFT MBH - AT
The Peer-BIT project aims at increasing the quality of innovation support services provided for SMEs in area of innovation management. In line with the trend of individualization of SME support services, the project will explore tools that are easy to use, flexible and ready to be customized to the specific needs of an SME. The Peer-BIT builds on smE-MPOWER methodology which includes a number of tools that are used in the process of coaching SMEs towards business innovation. €50.000

 

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