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Assessment of the Regional Innovation and Technology Transfer Strategies and Infrastructures (RITTS) scheme. Final evaluation report. August 2000

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME

Abstract

Innovation Policy Studies - Geographical Issues and Approaches

On behalf of the European Commission, an evaluation of the first two calls of the RITTS programme in 1994 and 1996 (a total of 42 regions) has been carried out by CURDS (University of Newcastle (GB)) and MERIT (University of Maastricht (NL)), in collaboration with PAIR and ÖIR. The aim of this evaluation was to take stock of the results achieved so far within the RITTS programme, in order to diffuse lessons learnt to a wide audience of policy makers.

Key findings include:
· The RITTS process supported the development of politically endorsed regional technology transfer and innovation strategies, based on dialogue between all stakeholder groups.
· RITTS projects led to adaptation and improvement of existing regional innovation support infrastructures and the design of new measures in response to demand.
· The benchmarking of regions' policy and support instruments stimulated inter-regional learning.

The report is published by the Innovation Directorate of DG Enterprise as Innovation Papers no. 20. no. 20.

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Record Number: 1785 / Last updated on: 2002-04-18
Category: STUD