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Abstract

This is the final report to the European Commission of a study undertaken by PwC Consulting, TsagarisConsult and Österreichisches Institut für Raumplanung. It is published as EUR 20477.

The objective of this study is to focus on factors and processes that seem to be important in helping European regions get involved in building the European Research Area (ERA). Thus, it reviews both set-up and implementation processes related to Research and Innovation activities - covering strategy building, science-business interaction, inter-regional/international cooperation, support services, validation - shaped and performed in leading or emerging European "motor regions".

The study used the concept of the "motor region" to identify those regional entities in Europe that seem to have taken a prominent role towards building consistent research and innovation policies. Motor regions identified as such share a common objective, i.e. to make intensive use of RTDI, and to facilitate the transformation of local knowledge capabilities into dynamic development assets for them (and for the European Union). The study highlights driving success factors, common issues as well as elements of divergence of all individual RTDI strategies encountered in the eleven selected and examined motor areas.

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