Ricerca e innovazione
La crescita sostenibile è sempre più correlata alla capacità delle economie regionali di innovare e trasformare, adattandosi a un ambiente più competitivo e in continua evoluzione. Ciò significa che è necessario compiere sforzi molto più consistenti nella creazione di ecosistemi che incoraggino innovazione, ricerca e sviluppo (R&S) e imprenditorialità, come sottolineato dalla strategia europea del 2020 e dalla sua iniziativa di punta Innovation Union. L’innovazione è pertanto fondamentale per una serie di priorità della Commissione, in particolare il Green Deal europeo, un’economia al servizio delle persone, oltre che per preparare l’Europa per l’era digitale.
Promuovere l’innovazione è una funzione essenziale dei programmi della politica di coesione per il 2014-2020, in cui circa 65 miliardi di EUR sono destinati all’innovazione e alla ricerca. Circa il 30 % del totale degli stanziamenti della politica di coesione viene investito in innovazione intesa nel senso più ampio. Le strategie di specializzazione intelligente mobilitano il potenziale innovativo di tutte le regioni dell’UE.
Macro-economic research points out that innovation contributes between two-thirds and four-fifths of economic growth in developed countries. In other words, about 85% of productivity growth in advanced economies is driven by innovation. However, statistics confirm large disparities between EU Member States and regions in the fields of innovation and R&D as well as a persistent gap compared to its main competitors at global level. Europe needs to become more inventive, reacting more quickly to changing market conditions and consumer preferences in order to become an innovation-friendly society and economy.
The key drivers of research and innovation are most effectively addressed at the regional level. Reducing the innovation deficit between European regions is therefore a key task for Cohesion Policy. In that context, it invests, among others, in five key elements: Research and innovation, ICT take-up, SME competitiveness, skills development, energy efficiency and renewable energy . Given the limited resources available, it is important to have a strategic approach in the form of a national and/or regional smart specialisation strategy (RIS3) bringing together the relevant business, research, education and public actors to develop and implement strategies that focus their resources on a limited number of areas with competitive advantages.
Innovation 2014-2020 programming period
In the current programming period, investments under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are concentrated on 4 key thematic priorities: innovation and research, the digital agenda, support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the low-carbon economy. The ERDF investments in innovation are being used to support the implementation of the over 120 smart specialisation strategies (S3) to have a greater and more sustainable impact on jobs and growth in the different regions . The S3 strategies were drawn up in entrepreneurial discovery processes, involving business, research, public bodies and civil society. Smart specialisation has turn the diversity of our territories into strength by building on the specific assets in each region or Member State. It also helped to understand that the success of investment in innovation depends on how well public, private, research bodies and businesses work together.
To provide support to Member States and regions who develop and implement their S3 the 'Smart Specialisation Platform' has been set up: More than 180 countries and regions have registered in this S3Platform to learn among peers on how to develop, implement and monitor their S3 and explore possibilities for cooperation.. The S3Platform provides guidance, opportunities for peer-learning, and tools, such as the Eye@RIS3 database on the smart specialisation priorities in Europe, which shows that 33% of S3 priorities concern digital transformation and 51% relate to sustainable transformations related to the Green Deal.
The S3Platform also facilitates the work of 33 interregional partnerships gathered in 3 thematic smart specialisation platforms (industrial modernisation, agri-food and energy), and implements pilot actions (support for lagging regions, Romania, Stairway to Excellence) proposed by the European Parliament.
As a follow-up to the Communication on Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions – Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth (2017), two pilot actions were launched:
- The pilot for “Interregional innovation partnerships” complements the efforts of the thematic smart specialisation platforms in accelerating the commercialisation and scale-up activities of the 9 selected partnerships (marine renewable energy, sustainable buildings, bio-economy, 3D-printing, De&Re-manufacturing for circular economy, cybersecurity, traceability and big data, high-tech farming, and in 2018, as part of the EU Battery Alliance and the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries, a partnership on advanced materials on batteries). The pilot is part of the broader reflection for the post-2020 mechanisms to help develop and test jointly new ways to commercialise and scale-up interregional innovation projects to reshape European value chains, help attract private investment, and strengthen synergies. It also feeds into the preparation of the new interregional innovation investment instrument under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy funds.
- The pilot for “Industrial Transition” in ten regions and 2 countries received support by experts and the OECD to develop a comprehensive strategy for economic transformation, building on their smart specialisation strategies, a broad innovation concept, and addressing globalisation, automation, decarbonisation, emerging and digital technologies, skills and investment. The lessons learnt from the pilot help to test new approaches to industrial transition and provide evidence to underpin post-2020 policies and programmes. See OECD report “Regions in Industrial Transition: policies for people and places” (2019).
The Commission also encourages to enhance synergies and complementarities of the ESI fund investments with Horizon2020, COSME, and other relevant EU programmes.
- Smart Regions 3.0 conference
- EC Communication “Strengthening Innovation in Europe’s Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth.” COM(2017) 376 Final and accompanying staff working document SWD (2017) 264 Final
- Brochure “Regions in industrial transition: no region left behind”
- RIS3 video
- The regional impact of technological change in 2020: Synthesis Report
- RIS3 guide
- RIS3 Factsheet
- Draft guidance on ex-ante conditionalities Part I - Part II
- Thematic guidance on R&I related policy and support tools, e.g. related to incubators, SME support, service innovation, eco-innovation, the role of universities in regional growth, creative industries and innovation, etc.
- OECD report on smart specialisation
- Cohesion Policy support for the circular economy
- Staff Working Document
- All Publications
- 2016 Synthesis of Evaluation Results and Plans under the ESIF Programmes 2014-2020
- Strategic report 2013: Factsheet "Innovation and RTD"
- European Commission - Research
- Innovation funding for SMEs and researchers
- Agriculture: Research and Innvovation
- Innovation Union
- Regional innovation scoreboard and monitor
- Policy Learning Database
- Seal of Excellence
- Stairway to Excellence
- ESIF Open Data Portal 2014-2020
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