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  1. Stairway to Excellence (S2E)

    As part of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P), the Stairway to Excellence (S2E), project is centred on the provision of assistance to the 13 Member States who joined the European Union in 2004 and subsequent years with the aim of closing the innovati ...

    06 June 2016

  2. Smart specialisation

    The European Commission's Cohesion Policy aims to reduce differences between regions and to ensure growth across Europe. Structural Funds are among its main tools. Its efficient use and management is a crucial factor for many regions in Europe to ove ...

    05 July 2016

  3. Regional economic analysis and modelling

    Economic and social cohesion are major pillars of the European welfare state and a large part of the EU budget is devoted to maintaining and strengthening them through support at the regional level. Impact assessment of EU regional policy is complex, not ...

    11 March 2015

  4. New reports look at research and innovation challenges and developments across the EU

    18 Jul 2016 The European Commission's Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) at the Joint Research Centre has published the second edition of the RIO country reports, which assess the evolution of national research and innovation systems and ident ...

    18 July 2016

  5. Mapping regional energy interests for the smart specialisation platform on energy

    05 Jul 2016 Energy efficiency, followed by smart grids, e-mobility and wind energy technologies are the key priorities put forward by regions and countries in the smart specialisation strategies in the area of energy, according to a new JRC report. Throug ...

    05 July 2016

  6. Smart Specialisation in Energy: How are Europe's regions implementing their priorities?

    16 Jun 2016 Energy is indeed the most popular priority selected in smart specialisation strategies across Europe, with over 2/3 of all EU regions choosing at least one energy-related priority. From the perspective of Cohesion Policy, effective uptake of f ...

    06 June 2016

  7. S2E National Event- Romania: "The Synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) & Research and Innovation Funding: Stairway to Excellence"

    22 Jun 2016 The ROMANIA National Event is co-organised by JRC's S3 Platform- S2E project and the Romanian Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research Bucharest ROMANIA region growth innovation ...

    02 June 2016

  8. S2E National Event- Hungary: "The Synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) & Research and Innovation Funding: Stairway to Excellence"

    26 May 2016 The S2E HUNGARY National Event was co-organised by JRC's S3 Platform- Stairway to Excellence and the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH). Budapest HUNGARY region innovation growth ...

    13 May 2016

  9. S2E National Event- Poland: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    27 Apr 2016 The S2E POLAND National Event was co-organised by JRC's S3 Platform- Stairway to Excellence and the Polish National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU. Warsaw POLAND innovation region growth ...

    13 May 2016

  10. Commission helps regions join forces to invest in industrial modernisation

    02 Jun 2016 On 2 June during the Smart Regions conference, the European Commission launched the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation. This new initiative offers hands-on support to regions to foster interregional cooperation based on ...

    02 June 2016

  11. Systems and Modes of ICT Innovation

    This report focuses on modes of ICT innovation at the meso level of systems and the micro level of firms. After a summary of the literature on national innovation systems, and it’s sectoral and regional applications, we discuss how the concept of innovati ...

    23 July 2016

  12. European start-up hotspots: An analysis based on VC-backed companies

    Through the perspective of VC-backed companies, this report describes the main locations of start-up activity in Europe, i.e. start-up hotspots. It aims at providing evidence on start-up activity in Europe and at describing the European VC activity over t ...

    22 July 2016

  13. S2E and S3P National Event: SLOVENIA

    06 Apr 2016 The SLOVENIA National Event: "Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence" was co-organised by JRC's S3 Platform (S2E project) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia.  It ...

    16 April 2016

  14. EU corporate R&D intensity gap: What has changed over the last decade?

    This paper contributes with new findings to the literature on corporate research and development (R&D) intensity decomposition by examining the effects of several parameters on R&D intensity and investigating its comparative distribution among top ...

    11 July 2016

  15. S2E National Event- Estonia: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    11 Mar 2016 The ESTONIA National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform- Stairway to Excellence and the Estonian Research Council. Tallinn ESTONIA region growth innovation ...

    16 March 2016

  16. S2E- National Event of Prague- Czech Republic: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds: Stairway to Excellence"

    03 Mar 2016 The CZECH REPUBLIC National Event was co-organised by the S3 Platform- S2E project and the Government Office the Czech Republic.. Prague CZECH REPUBLIC region growth innovation ...

    23 February 2016

  17. Mapping EU investments in ICT- description of an online tool and initial observations

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are major drivers of social and economic change. They are also one of the key Thematic Objectives (TOs) in the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). The aim of these funds is to strengthen econom ...

    15 July 2016

  18. Regionalization of demographic and economic projections: Trend and convergence scenarios from 2015 to 2060

    Territorial cohesion or territorial disparities? Two alternative scenarios for regional growth. Demographic and economic projections are essential tools in many domains of policy making. They allow policymakers anticipating future trends and explore alter ...

    15 July 2016

  19. Bilateral Investment Treaties and FDI: Does the Sector Matter?

    Developing and transition countries have increasingly engaged in the signing of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) in order to attract FDI, based on the widely shared view that FDI can contribute significantly to economic development and poverty reducti ...

    15 July 2016

  20. Call for paper- 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development

    16 Mar 2016 The 1st SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development will take place in Seville on Sept 28-30 aiming to take stock of the smart specialisation experience and assess its current state of the art both in terms of concep ...

    16 March 2016

  21. Transport Link Scanner: simulating geographic transport network expansion through individual investments

    This paper introduces a GIS-based model that simulates the early geographical expansion of transport networks. It progressively adds extensions to a growing network by choosing the most attractive investments from a limited choice set. Attractiveness is d ...

    15 June 2016

  22. Research and Innovation Observatory

    RIO https://rio.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ The Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is an initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe. DG ...

    16 October 2015

  23. Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy- Country Overviews 2016

    This document provides for each EU and EFTA country a fact sheet containing examples of policy initiatives either explicitly or implicitly informed by behavioural insights as well as the institutional developments regarding the application of behavioural ...

    23 July 2016

  24. Call for contributions to forthcoming S2E events

    03 Mar 2016 Stairway to Excellence (S2E) is calling for contributions to be presented at the forthcoming S2E national events or the final S2E conference. Potential speakers may include (but are not limited to) representatives from universities, research o ...

    03 March 2016

  25. Towards a Model of Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficient Buildings

    03 Dec 2015 First event on ¨Towards a Model of Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficient Buildings¨- The construction sector represents more than 40% of energy consumption in Europe. Many European regions have launched interesting initiatives in this ...

    18 November 2015