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INNOVOUCHER Report Summary

Project ID: 671295
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.3.2.2.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INNOVOUCHER (INNOVOUCHER: IMPLEMENTING A EUROPEAN LABEL FOR INNOVATION VOUCHERS)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main objective of INNOVOUCHER project is to develop a European Label for Innovation Voucher programmes, by defining a new model of innovation voucher programme supporting the transnational exchange of innovation services and the procedures of the award of the European Label to those programmes complying with the defined model.
The project will foster the transnational collaboration based in innovation vouchers by increasing the range of services offered in the vouchers scheme to include innovation transnational services and the definition of a procedure of automatic recognition of foreign providers, thus increasing the access of SMEs to knowledge and technology from all across Europe.
The main objective of INNOVOUCHER is to develop a new model of innovation voucher programme supporting the transnational exchange of innovation services in Europe.
The specific objectives are:
1. To set up a model of transnational collaboration based on innovation vouchers.
2. To develop a European Label for innovation voucher programmes.
3. To foster the European level of the innovation voucher programmes.
4. To spread the adoption of the improved model based on the empirical findings.
5. To increase and diversify the services provided to the SMEs in the innovation voucher programmes.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During this reporting period the work has been focused on the definition of the model against which the different regional innovation voucher schemes will be compared in order to obtain the European Label of Innovation Vouchers.
The procedures of the management of this European Label have been also developed during this period.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

By developing a model of European label for innovation voucher programmes and testing it, INNOVOUCHER will contribute to European policies (e.g. the Lisbon Strategy) for transforming EU industry from a resource intensive to a knowledge intensive and promoting the cohesion and collaboration between the different European Regions in achieving this transformation. It is relevant to the Innovation Union initiative from Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims to create smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by boosting Europe’s research and innovation performance. Specifically, it will contribute to the Innovation Union aim of creating an internal market for skills, patents, venture capital, innovation procurement and standard setting to foster ideas being quickly implemented on the market.
Specifically, the project can provide DG Enterprise with a tool that allows it to promote the implementation of a specific innovation voucher model that makes possible the interconnection among different innovation vouchers programmes and enables the internationalization of the services provided and available to SMEs.

The spread of the model adoption among European regions objective of INNOVOUCHER project will require strong implementation activities regarding project communication, dissemination and exploitation. Project partners have structured the communication and dissemination Work Packages differentiating the identified key stakeholders in order to better focus the activities to be developed for the communication with each target group, using different approaches to address different groups of stakeholders when disseminating the results.

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