The Smart Specialisation concept is an integral part of the EU Cohesion Policy. Several EU regions have developed Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). The challenge is to implement S3 through clusters. In the Alpine Space, implementation of S3 by clusters and cluster organizations can offer an innovative approach for improving innovation capacity. Cross-regional approaches can serve to support coordinated actions between the different sectors/regions. Transnational cluster cooperation helps to achieve a critical mass of SMEs and enhances cross-regional collaboration in areas of relevance to the Alpine Space.
The S3-4AlpClusters project is supported by the European Union within the framework of the Interreg VB Espace Alpin program. To achieve this, the fourteen partners wish to:
- Initiate exchanges of information and knowledge among political decision-makers from different regions of the Alpine region, including business, academics and civil society;
- Facilitate innovation through cluster initiatives (innovation groups) across the Alpine space with a strong technological orientation and a high degree of complementarity between the clusters;
- Launching cluster-to-cluster cooperation involving all relevant stakeholders: regional political bodies, academic institutions, business and civil society.
The project runs for 30 months, from 1 November 2016 to 30 April 2019, with a total budget of € 2,521,964, of which € 1,929,500 under the ERDF.