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Intelligent Specialisation has become one of the keys to diversification of economic and social development in European regions because it has its own characteristics, challenges and opportunities. The European Commission has insisted on the need to co-ordinate the execution of the RIS3 strategies bearing in mind the neighbouring regions to find synergies and develop complementarities enabling effective implementation of European funds together with a more integrated and co-ordinated development among neighbouring regions.

This is why the Commission encourages the development of specific inter-regional and transnational strategies among regions with common elements and whose implementation can be co-ordinated. Having detected the need to establish institutional co-operation mechanisms among all the agents involved in the regional RIS3 Strategies, this RIS3net project aims to develop and implement a common co-operation strategy and co-ordinated governance system together with the agents responsible for planning, execution and follow-up of intelligent specialisation strategies in the MAC regions.

  • Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI). Canarias. España
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España
  • Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN). Canarias. España
  • Agencia Regional para el desarrollo de la Investigación, Tecnología e Innovación (ARDITI). Madeira. Portugal
  • Fundación Regional para la Ciencia y Tecnología (FCRT). Azores. Portugal
  • Núcleo Operacional par la Sociedad de la Información (NOSI). Cabo Verde
  • Dirección Regional de Ciencia y Tecnología (DRCT). Azores. Cabo Verde

Budget:  705.882,35 €    

INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 Finance Program, European Regional Development Funds ERDF (85%):   600.000,00 €

January 2017 – September 2019

Main objective:

Develop an institutional co-operation strategy and common governance system aimed at institutions responsible for planning, executing and monitoring intelligent specialisation strategies in MAC regions, besides bearing in mind the expansion potential to third countries.

Specific objectives:

  • Analyse the intelligent specialisation strategies of participating regions, experience exchange and development of a Transregional co-operation and co-ordination strategy based on benefiting from synergies in common priority areas.     
  • Develop and implement practical co-operation practices in priority environments of common interest which foster the increase of critical mass in the MAC Space.
  • Collect international good practices, undertake internal training and improve external visibility of intelligent specialisation areas of the MAC Space.