Collaboration in a RIS3 Context

Innovation in the European Union is called upon to increase competitiveness, to improve territorial cohesion, and to address societal challenges. Challenge-driven innovation is also high on the global agenda and calls for building sufficient critical mass by taking full advantage of synergies and complementarities between innovation initiatives, in particular between cohesion policy and excellence-based innovation.

This report investigates in particular the motivations, practices and opportunities for strengthening collaborations between the European Institute of Innovation and
Technology Knowledge and Innovation Communities (EIT KICs) (focusing on excellencebased innovation) and the Managing Authorities of national and regional European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) (focusing on innovation in line with the cohesion policy), within the context of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

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