report of the study “Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies”.
This study has been undertaken on behalf of DG Research and Innovation, Key Enabling Technologies Directorate. The principal aim of the study was to identify and map priorities, declared strategies, emerging trends, instruments envisaged, estimated funding volumes and modalities regarding the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The study focuses in particular on the nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and process technologies KETs and how they are reflected in the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) prepared at either the national or regional level. The study provides a snapshot of the situation during late spring/early summer of 2014.
The specific objectives of the study are: to identify national/regional priorities, strategies, budgets linked to KETs with the aim of analysing trends, commonalities, striking features among the priorities, instruments and funding volumes, and to identify synergies and bottlenecks between H2020/LEIF and Structural Funds KETs priorities. The study also aims to facilitate the efficient coordination of financial instruments between the relevant responsible administrations at EU, national and regional level.
The Smart Specialisation concept aims at concentrating knowledge resources and linking them to a limited number of priority economic activities so that countries and regions can become, and remain, competitive in the global economy. Smart specialisation is also considered an important instrument for ensuring synergies between Horizon 2020 and the ESIF, by providing a stairway to excellence and providing companies and research actors with a funding continuum, or at least the
opportunity for developing jointly funded projects. The European Commission has released guidelines for RIS3 which aim to coordinate existing tools within the EU policies and regulations.
KETs are instrumental as a key accelerator of innovation and the competitiveness of EU industries.
However, whilst Europe generally shows an excellent R&D performance, its major weakness lies in translating this knowledge into commercially successful goods and services and supporting innovative SMEs. Hence KETs are a key instrument within the RIS3 to address the technology and innovation challenges, but also the broader societal challenges within each region. The Leadership
in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) programme within Horizon 2020 will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors, including ICT and space. Horizon 2020 will have a strong focus on developing European industrial capabilities KETs.
read the full report at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/industrial_technologies/pdf/analysis_of_RIS3_in_NMP.pdf