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Smart Specialisation Strategy - South Region (RIS3) 2014-2020

Policy Document
Stratégie régionale de spécialisation intelligente - PACA (RIS3) 2014-2020

The design of the Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) was carried out in 2012-13 following the request of the European Commission. It was based on an assessment of the outcomes of the previous RIS, thematic studies and on a large consultation of innovation stakeholders on the territory. One specific objective of the RIS3 is to include in its governance, all entities playing a part in the regional innovation system, including competitiveness poles, clusters, Acceleration and technology transfer entities (SATT), users, trade unions, associations, etc. Focus shall be given to a better transition from knowledge to product, or service, and to a better coordination and connections between policy makers, innovation funders and stakeholders.

The RIS3 2014-2020 of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur has two major guidelines:
1.    The creation of value and employment through the development of five strategic domains :

  •     Energy transition;
  •     Smart and sustainable mobility;
  •     Risks, security and safety;
  •     Health and Food;
  •     Tourism, cultural industries and digital content.

2.   The support of companies' growth through a strengthened regional innovation ecosystem.

This guideline focuses especially on:
- supporting the high potential innovative companies' growth from creation to internationalisation
- strengthening the regional innovation ecosystem: fostering the cooperation among the actors and improving the governance of the regional system.
- promoting a new business model and a new mode of entrepreneurship through social innovation

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