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TOPIC : Networking and sharing best experiences in using regional clusters strategies with a focus on supporting innovation in the NMBP thematic area.

Topic identifier: NMBP-33-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
15 October 2015
Deadline: 21 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The development of the smart specialisation strategies has put in place a more structured framework for programme and project implementation regarding regional/ sector specialisations. This can help improve the knowledge that can be provided regarding NMBP related actions. Many Member States already identified the need to improve the articulation between NMBP and ESIF.

Regions find it still difficult to mobilise their internal resources in combining technology and regional development. Regional public private partnerships or regional clusters play a key role in this approach to connect EU-wide entrepreneurship and innovation (in particular in SMEs) to the European agenda.

The partners should show the EU innovation and industrial policy for new growth in NMBP needs to build on regional resources and potentials. Interlinking the regional eco-systems and clusters into new innovation driven cross-EU value chains could be the key to articulate competitive positions, meet global challenges and achieve a balanced and sustainable growth.

The proposal should bring together and integrate representatives from: higher education institutions; research centres; large companies; SMEs; relevant European organisations and associations; as well as national, regional and local authorities from Europe which are involved in preparing regional cluster strategies in the NMBP area.


The aim is to jointly identify good initiative and novel approaches, key success factors in driving actions forward and to shape strategic priorities for future regional cluster policies at European level in NMBP. Regional clusters or regional innovation hubs are a fertile filed where synergies can be achieved.

Regional clusters have been active in the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) and KETs prioritisation process and can continue to play an important part in these processes, for example by acting as a resources channel towards SMEs and help structure KET based industrial value chains. Regional clusters or regional innovation hubs can be key delivery instruments for national and regional smart specialisation strategies, re-industrialisation and SME policy.

The proposal should take into consideration and build on existing or ended coordination actions in the NMBP area that tackled the issue of programming synergetic actions between EU and MS in the NMP Programme and generated results and recommendations for specific co-investment opportunities, linked to global market needs.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 250 000 and 500 000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal requesting another amount.

No more than one action will be funded.

Expected Impact:
  • Boosting regional structural change through modern regional cluster policies;
  • Identify and develop regional cluster, regional innovation hubs and business networks collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries in the field of NMBP;
  • Identification of best regional cluster strategies in the NMBP area;
  • Identifying priorities for future regional cluster actions in NMBP; New trends, new models, challenges and visions for cluster policy;
  • Defining the role of clusters for regional smart specialization (e.g. cluster mapping, strategic roadmaps, public procurement instruments).
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

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