Regional Policy

Barriers and opportunities for Norwegian participation in the European Research Council (ERC)

This report presents the findings of a study on barriers and opportunities for Norwegian participation in European Research Council (ERC) grant funding, carried out by Technopolis Group between August 2018 and February 2019. The ERC provides large and prestigious single investigator grants for basic research funding in Europe. Norway has accounts for around 1.5% of…

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Support to EU-India Innovation cooperation

This project focus on strengthening cooperation between European and Indian start-up ecosystems and reinforcing European presence in India in the area of innovation.  The project has two separate initiatives. The first activity under this project aims at connecting incubators, including coaches and mentors, and start-ups. Connecting coaches and mentors will allow connecting incubators which will…

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Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF)

The Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) is the European Commission’s newest instrument to support reforms that boost countries’ research and innovation investments, policies and systems. Launched in 2015, the PSF gives practical support to countries in designing, implementing and evaluating such reforms – whether they are EU Member States or other countries associated to…

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The Digital Cities Challenge

The Digital Cities Challenge (DG GROW) provides fifteen European cities which want to take advantage of the impact of digital transformation with free-of-charge high quality policy advice, coaching, facilitation and support, in their own language. The support helps cities to develop and implement strategic plans addressing economic growth and social welfare.  The Digital Cities Challenge…

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EC EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises), Social Business Initiative (SBI) follow up: Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises

The study strives to advance in understanding both organisation-level collaborative behaviours of social enterprises and contextual factors that can favour or hinder cooperation and understand further the social impact produced by cooperation relationships.   Overall, the principal purpose is to provide in-depth knowledge about cooperation relationships and their social impact across Europe and, simultaneously, benchmarking with…

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Study on the potential of servitisation and other forms of product-service provision for EU SMEs

The objective of this study was to provide an evidence base to the European Commission allowing to support SMEs in seizing the opportunities of servitisation and moving towards other forms of product-service provision, notably, by adopting digital service-based business models. The study also aimed at developing tools for the European Commission to monitor developments in…

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SME Innovation Financing Facility

This study was commissioned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to assist in developing a new financial product in the form of credit lines to SME and mid-caps to encourage private sector-led innovation in Latvia and Romania and help these countries move higher on the EU’s Innovation Union Scoreboard. Click on the…

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R&D Attraction Networks-A report on stakeholder co-operation and STI diplomacy to attract investments in R&D

This report, conducted by Technopolis Group, addressed some of the location factors behind R&D and describes some of the instruments and policies that can be used to attract further investment in the area. It focussed on the situation in the Netherlands, and then examined the R&D attraction framework for five countries, namely: Canada, Germany, Denmark,…

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