Global Innovation Day, Bilbao Richard Tuffs Director, ERRIN June 16 2011
Outline• An overview of the ERRIN network Innovation Union• Innovation Union• Smart specialisation• Common Strategic Europe 2020 Framework for CSFRI Smart specialisation Research and Innovation• The regional dimension
ERRIN: Mission• ERRIN is a Brussels-based platform of regions strengthening regional research and innovation capacities by exchanging information, sharing best practice, supporting project development, policy shaping and profile raising.• ERRIN helps regions get their voice heard in Brussels and supports the implementation of the Europe2020 Strategy and the Innovation Union flagship initiative.
The ERRIN journey Phase 3: policy & 2011 – 90 regions projects 2008 – 60 regionsPhase 2: commshub, regionalvoice 2006 – Oct - Relaunch with MB +and contact subscriptionpoint 2004 – Regions of Knowledge 2001 – Informal network Phase 1: sharing information
ERRIN – 3 Ps POLICY Shaping EU Research & Innovation policy Supporting project Raising the profile of development and the networkengaging ERRIN regions and member regions in in EU projects BrusselsPROJECTS PROFILE
Working Groups ICT Health Biotech PACA/Paragon South Denmark/Flanders Navarra/ Northern Ireland/ CEBRScience in Society Transport Nanotech Scotland Europa/Bremen Eszak-Alfold/Aragon Navarra/Piemonte Future RTD Energy & Climate Innovation Scotland Europa/ Change Funding CreoDK Scotland Europa, Veneto Welsh Higher Education, Region Cantabria International Tourism Design & cooperation Creativity Scotland/Catalunya Tampere/Valencia Helsinki/Flanders/CCI Paris/Central Denmark
Activities: Working Groups• Feb 14: D&C• Feb 15: Open Days consortium on Smart Specialisation• Feb 16: T WG briefing on C-Liege project• Feb 16: E&CCH WG meeting• Feb 16: IF – Interreg IVB North West Europe Brokerage event• Feb 17: Science in Society S WG meeting• Feb 22: ICT• Feb 24: Nanotech• March 8: Transport• March 25: Biotech• March 29: Science in Society WG• April 4: ICT – CIP ICT PSP Brokerage event (+ 80 organisations)• April 8: Tourism and Sport• April 12: Health• April 13. Future RTD• April 14: Energy• May 19: Nanotech• May 23: Tourism• May 24: Transport• June 1: Innovation Funding WG• June 8: Health• June 15: Health brokerage event• June 22: Biotech brokerage event• June 22: Smart Cities Brokerage event• June 22 : Biotech Brokerage event• June 27: Energy + ICT WG - Regions of knowledge brokerage event
ERRIN Events• 22-23 March: ERRIN designed S3 session at University-Business Forum• 30 March: Financial Engineering (with EURADA)• 1 April : Follow up meeting with DG R&I (with EURADA)• 13 April: Stakeholder event on research and innovation consultation with EURADA and EBN (150+ registrations)• 14 April: Sustainable Energy Week – S3 and energy• 8 June: Health• 15 June: Health Brokerage event• 22 June: Smart Cities Brokerage event• 22 June: Biotech Brokerage event• 22 June: Making Knowledge Work Briefing #3• 22 June: ERRIN AGM Debate• 27 June: Regions of knowledge brokerage event• 22-23 Sept: PLACES political symposium in Paris• 12 October: Open Days ERRIN consortia - S3• November: Social Innovation (with EURADA)• November: Europe 2020 – Territorial Pacts?
Europe 2020Three priorities Five targets Seven flagshipsfor 2020Smart growth Employment rate 75% of Innovation Union 20-64 year olds Youth on the moveSustainable Investment in R&D 3% Digital Agendagrowth of EU GDP Resource efficient EuropeInclusive growth 20/20/20 targets should Industrial policy be met New skills new jobs Improved education levels European Platform against poverty Promoting social inclusion
Europe 2020: 7 flagshipsSmart growth Sustainable Inclusive growth growthInnovation Union Resource efficient New skills for new Europe jobsMobility – Youth on Industrial policy for European platformthe move the globalisation against poverty eraDigital Agenda
Innovation and regionsInnovation Union (Nov 2011) Smart specialisation (Nov 2011)• Tackle unfavourable framework • Communication sets out role of conditions Regional Policy in implementing• Avoid fragmentation of effort Europe 2020.• Focus on innovations that address • Regions have a central role as societal challenges they are the primary partner for• Pursue a broad concept of universities, R&D and education innovation and SMEs.• Involve all actors and regions in • Communication complements the the innovation cycle Innovation Union and calls for more investment of structural funds on smart growth.
Innovation UnionTen key points 1. Member States must invest more in education, R&D, innovation and ICTs 2. Better value for money by tackling fragmentation and linked national R&D research and innovation systems 3. Modernise all levels of education 4. Better mobility for researchers and innovators and completion of the European Research Area 5. Simplify EU funding programmes (FP7/FP8) and more European Investment Bank Funding and strengthened European Research Council. Structural funds should be fully exploited to develop research and innovation capacities based on smart specialisation strategies
Innovation UnionTen key points (part 2) 6. Get more innovation out of research with better cooperation between the worlds of business and science 7. Reduce barriers for entrepreneurs to bring ideas to market e.g. better access to finance, affordable IPR, smarter regulation, faster standardisation and strategic use of procurement 8. European Innovation Partnerships should be launched to accelerate research, development and market deployment. First EIP is on healthy ageing (future ones on smart cities, water-efficient Europe, smart mobility, agricultural productivity and sustainability) 9. Exploit EU strengths in design and creativity and champion social and public sector innovation 10. Work better with international partners – opening access to EU programmes by getting access to outside programmes too.
Innovation Union: benefits and actions• Predicted benefits• Reaching 3% spending on R&D by 2020 could create 3.7 million jobs and increase annual GDP by nearly €800 billion by 2025• 34 actions backed up by the European Council. The European Parliament is invited to give priority to Innovation Union proposals with an annual major policy debate. Member States (and their regions) should ensure appropriate governance structures and review Structural Funds to reflect Europe 2020 priorities.• Annual Innovation Convention to discuss the state of the Innovation Union
Innovation Union in a nutshell• Strategic approach Highlights• Partnership with Member States • European Innovation Partnerships• From idea to market • European Research Area framework• Research to retail • Streamlined EU programmes • New financial instruments• Tackling weaknesses • Reform of standardisation system• Under-investment • Public procurement of innovation• Fragmentation • Social innovation pilot• Framework conditions • Stronger monitoring • Innovation Convention• Building on strengths• Focus on societal challenges• Broad concept of innovation A distinctive• Involving all actors European approach to Regional innovation dimension
Innovation Union – some aspects of the regional dimensionAction ERRIN Working Groups7. Future research and innovation programmes Innovation Funding – is working closely with theshould ensure simple access and stronger SME dimension and university-business contactsinvolvement of SMEs ERRIN /EURADA have held two meetings with Robert-Jan Smits and Clara de la Torre and their regional team to input into future programme17. Member States and regions should set aside Innovation Funding WG – will work with thededicated budgets for pre-commercial European Commission to spread best practiceprocurements and public procurements of among regions. ERRIN organised with K4I a dinnerinnovative products and services at the European Parliament on 13 April to discuss PCP.18. Eco-innovation action plan in 2011 Energy WG – has and will develop seminars in sustainable energy week and has developed many projects under the Intelligent Energy Programme. ERRIN is a partner in a European eco-innovation project Ecolink+ and was a co-organiser of the Green Knowledge Triangle seminar on October 27 2010 in the European Parliament.
Innovation Union – some aspects of the regional dimensionAction ERRIN Working Groups24. Starting in 2010, Member States should Policy WG - there is clearly more synergies toimprove their use of structural funds for be made between future structural funds andresearch and innovation projects, developing research and innovation. ERRIN involved inskills and implementing smart specialisation discussions with DG Regio on ‘smartstrategies and trans-national projects specialisation strategies’ and ERRIN/EURADA seminar on S3 on March 10/1125. Member States should initiate the ERRIN has responded to the Cohesionpreparation of post 2013 Structural Fund Consultation in January 2011 and theprogrammes with an increased focus on Consultation on the CSF RI in May 2011innovation29. Innovation partnerships… The Commission Health and Policy WG – ERRIN considers thatwould welcome views and ideas on the areas there should be a regional dimension withinbeing considered for future partnerships and innovation partnerships and Health and ICTother candidates that meet the success criteria WGs have organised two seminars in Brussels on this topic, participated at the stakeholder meeting, sent in a response to the consultation and now regional representatives will be part of a high-level steering group for EIPs
Innovation Union: self assessment toolEnablersHuman resources• Doctorates, degrees, education levelOpen, excellent and attractive research systems• scientific publications, non-EU doctorate studentsFinance and support• public R&D expenditure, venture capitalFirm activitiesFirm investments• business R&D, non R&D innovation expenditureLinkages and entrepreneurshipµ• SMEs innovation in-house, etc.Intellectual assets• Patents, trademarks, designs…
Innovation Union: self assessment toolOutputsInnovators• SMEs introducing innovations, high growth SMEsEconomic effects• employment in knowledge-intensive activities,exports of medium/high tech and knowledgeintensive services; licence and patent revenues fromabroad
Smart SpecialisationMust Need• Smart specialisation policies • Strategic intelligence is needed to needed for each region identify a region’s high value• Compare regional strengths with added activities which strengthen other regions and look for gain its competitiveness. via inter-regional and trans- • To have impact innovation national cooperation resources need to reach a critical• Business, research centres and mass and linked to skills, universities must work together education and knowledge to identify promising areas and infrastructure. also bottlenecks to innovation• Include policy learning, peer reviews with regional stakeholders
Next steps 1• In last three years of the Operational Programmes, regions can refocus their practice by: – Developing smart specialisation strategies – More use of financial engineering – More interregional cooperation in ERDF – More public procurement co-financed by ERDF – International peer review by experts – Use ERDF to finance shortlisted FP7 or CIP projects – Use peer learning opportunities in Interreg etc.
Component parts• Innovation clusters• Innovation friendly business environments for SMEs• Lifelong learning in research and innovation• Attractive regional research infrastructure and centres of competence• Creativity and cultural industries• Digital agenda• Public procurement• Addressing societal challenges through Innovation Partnerships
Next steps 2• The Commission will: – Develop a smart specialisation platform before 2012 with expertise from universities, research centres, regional authorities, business…(kick-off June 23 at Regions for Economic Change Conference) – Data and policy analysis via European Cluster Observatory, Regional Innovation Scoreboard and Monitor – Work closely with financial institutions to leverage funding – Facilitate business opportunities for SMEs via European Enterprise Network – Improve the coherence of education, research and innovation programmes
Regional angle• Shift from pure research and tech development to innovation related activities• More research needed on regional ‘black box’ – Human capital – Proximity to research centres – Attractive environments – Size and transport links – Specific local assets
Regions key players in research and innovation • Regions know their context / local player needs • Critical mass – Proximity – Talent – Partnership – triple/quadruple helix – Transnational cooperation • They implement innovation strategies which support: – Regional strengths – Innovation in SMEs (regional innovation agencies) – Interactions between regional partners (clusters, incubators, technology centres, etc…) – Financial engineering – Innovative procurement – Training and mobilityLecturer: WIRE2011, 7th - 9th JUNE 2011
Conclusion• Regions need innovation and innovation needs regions• The Innovation Union must involve ‘all actors and all regions in the innovation cycle…focusing on…smart specialisation with Europe, Member States and regions acting in partnership’ (page 8)• Regions key players as they are the places where innovation happens (innovation ecosystems/ functional economic areas)• Regions need to collaborate to shape policy, develop projects (to further their strategies) and raise their profile in Europe.
Thank you for your attention Richard Tuffs director@errin www.errin.eu