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WHAT THE BRIDGESPROJECT IS ABOUT?
BRIDGES is about making the results of RIS3 implementationmore visible in the partner regions

Our goals:

To significantly improve partner regions’ RIS3 implementation, governance and the delivery of the structural funds.
To benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led Centres of Competence (CC) as RIS3 implementation units.
To address knowledge and economic base regional asymmetries and pilot interregional solutions at a small scale.

What happened:

Kainuun Etu ltd and Regional Council of Kainuu, Finland
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
To enhance circular economy by supporting the establishment of new product lines based on forest side-flows valorisation; to commercialise Kainuu-based research results through research-to-business partnerships; to contribute to the modernisation of Kainuu’s natural resources industries.
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
BRIDGES project started one new product line from scratch, the lignine – based adhesives for the wood processing industry and replace synthetic adhesives. The required research for developing the proof of concept is on-going. Through the pilot action (Action 3 of the action plan) It funded four (4) mini projects commercialising measurement technology research results beyond Finland. It submitted an S3 industrial modernisation partnership proposal to the EC’s Joint Research Centre, got it approved, and committed to setting up an interregional cluster. Another positive result has been the strong level of commitment from the Intermediate Body and the regional stakeholders’ group in terms of the Action Plan implementation support.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Transfer of good practices – BioSC as a good example of introducing an emerging industry as a new market in the region; entrepreneurial discovery process for tailoring the lignine processing to end-users as an emerging market.
Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
Improving the uptake of the Lubelskie ROP funding by SMEs and expanding to benefit from national resources: thanks to information meetings companies are more aware of services offered by research & technology transfer organisations of regional universities, and possibilities of getting subsidy for implementation of innovative projects.
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
Thanks to the BRIDGES project an effective dialogue involving businesses, the Managing Authority (MA) and research & technology transfer organisations (RTTOs) was initiated. Companies experienced that they can really influence policy makers and make a change of policy instrument. The dialogue led to creating better conditions of the calls for proposals keeping the same strategic goal, raising awareness of companies about photonic technology and resulted in higher number of companies applying to innovation calls.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Transfer of good practice – Autodiagnostic tool as a tool to address the existing gaps: thanks to the audits carried out with the adapted tool ROP Managing Authority got feedback from large group of companies on their level of innovation readiness, research topics and cooperation barriers with R&D sector.
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Regional Development, Finland
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
Enhancing new services aiming at providing facilitation of internationalisation of the regional research and innovation base and influencing and modification of ERDF calls concerning internationalisation and commercialisation accordingly, which ultimately will support the commercialisation of bio-based research at regional and interregional levels.
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
The policy change was not a special challenge, because it is a very relevant issue which needed to be taken into consideration anyway, however, BRIDGES brought a good forum and tools to tackle these questions, being project stakeholders’ role considered as essential, in particular the participation of research and technology organisations (RTO:s) such as VTT, taking into account the next programme period and its perspectives.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Interpreting research results into to businesses opportunities for clients beyond Finland –for example, renewal of the berry industry and knowledge intensive platform for the development of aquaculture as blueprints for future developments. Exploring different types of Interregional technological connectivity.
Regional Development Agency of West Macedonia SA- ANKO, Greece
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
The action plan aims at improving innovation & SME competitiveness through investments addressed by the region's ROP, the establishment of a RIS3 interactive platform and the improvement of policy instrument governance focused on opening of region’s ROP to interregional R2B co-operations. The improvement concerns the deeper region’s RIS3 specialization through good practice’s transfer and exchange of experience between research centres and businesses.
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
BRIDGES project has transferred new ideas and concepts in the content of bioeconomy to the MA and other relevant stakeholders in terms of RIS3 implementation. It is expected that after the implementation of the actions included in the AP the innovation status of the businesses involved will be increased, along with a more efficient cooperation between research centres and businesses of the different participant regions.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Transfer of good practices - Autodiagnostic tool as an efficient way to assess the innovative state of businesses. Mini projects as part of the pilot action guiding further to follow up actions that will be financed by structural funds (ROP of the region), sharing common proceedings with the rest regions which participate in the pilot action.
Soča Valley Development Centre, Slovenia
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
The action plan is about fostering a policy change in the policy instrument addressed (Investment for Growth and Jobs programme, CLLD) and designing and implementing aquaculture development actions in terms of new products and a knowledge intensive platform).
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
BRIDGES project has accomplished the policy change expected, two follow up projects were approved and are ongoing, a new product has been developed and placed on the market and the knowledge intensive platform is being set. The cooperation with MA was positive in terms of support towards the policy change and implementation of the action plan. The stakeholders were involved from the very beginning and the mapping of their needs confirmed what the regional innovation map previously showed.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Transfer of good practices - The transition from a national to a regional approach when it comes to industry – led Centres of competence. Kantola GP demonstrates how the demand-led approach transferred from mainstream excellence, not necessarily co-located with the economic base, can be accessible also to smaller and not necessarily very advanced businesses while enhancing localisation by stressing joint local action.
Pannon Business Network Association, Hungary
ACTION PLAN
FOCUS:
To renew the wood processing furniture industry by digitisation of businesses including, eventually, additive manufacturing applications as the main challenge to be addressed.
MOST IMPORTANT
BENEFIT FROM
THE PROJECT:
As a result of BRIDGES project implementation, a stable group of regional stakeholders was established, and the goal is to consolidate it as a long-term regional development platform supporting the digitisation of the wood furniture industry. All representatives of the quadruple helix were invited to the stakeholder group, which was a unique approach and boosted the communication, idea & project generation -and above all a regional consensus building tool. After sharing these experiences and becoming aware of the needs and experiences of all level of stakeholders, a tailored tool was developed which is not just a theoretical approach but also based on real needs of wood & furniture industry. Outcomes and results of BRIDGES can help the planning of structural funds for the next period.
KNOWLEDGE
TRANSFER
PRIORITY:
Transfer of good practices – KANTOLA GP designed implementation methodology.

Main outputs:

  1. REGIONAL INNOVATION MAPS (identification of the bio-economy industries with the highest innovation potential, assessment of technological types of connectivity in the region); regional innovation maps synthesis report.
  2. Identification, analysis, and selection of good practices (GP); GOOD PRACTICE SYNTHESIS REPORT.
  3. CONTRIBUTION TO THE POLICY LEARNING PLATFORM: 17 GPs uploaded and evaluated, 14 approved by the PLP innovation experts, 7 transferred to the partner regions through the action plans.
  4. 6 REGIONAL FEASIBILITY STUDIES for the good practice transfer, identification of the focus and recommendations actions of the action plan; ensuring implementation feasibility.
  5. 6 ACTION PLANS APPROVED BY INTERREG EUROPE PROGRAMME and endorsed by the respective managing authorities or intermediate bodies.
  6. 4 POLICY INSTRUMENTS INFLUENCED.

REGIONAL PARTNERS

ADVISORY PARTNERS

INDEX

PGI00040
BRIDGES
PRIORITY 1.1
IMPROVING INNOVATION
infrastructure
policies
TIMETABLE
1.4.2016 - 31.3.2021
PROJECT
BUDGET
1 807 696,00
POLICY
INSTRUMENTS
RIS3 (6), other
regional policies (2), national policies (1)
Title: Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth · Indicators: Number of enterprises
cooperating with research institutions (PP1,2,3,5,6,7) · Number of research infrastructures / research institutions
with cooperation agreements with businesses outside the innovation leader region (Uusimaa, PP4).