20 February 2018 | Position

Coherent policies for Europe beyond 2020: maximising the effectiveness of smart specialisation strategies for regional development

To maximise the effectiveness of Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in developing regional innovation ecosystems, it is important to fully capitalise on tangible and intangible assets that universities offer for the benefit of culture, society and the economy of their regions.


Based on the outcomes of the EUA workshops on regional innovation, EUA and its Expert Group on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation have developed key messages aimed at maximising the effectiveness of RIS3 strategies for regional development in the post-2020 period.

These key factors emerge from successful RIS3 strategies across Europe showcased by a number of universities and other stakeholders at the EUA workshops on regional innovation Poland (2016), hosted by University of Warsaw, and Estonia (2017), hosted by University of Tartu. In addition, this document builds on EUA’s funding paper "Ambitious funding for excellent research in Europe post-2020", published in May 2017, and EUA’s recommendations for the next Framework Programme, published in November 2017.

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