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Cooperation in innovation and technology transfer for regional development

The European Commission, DG XVI, is planning to publish a call for proposals for its "Programme for Cooperation in Innovation and Technology Transfer". The call is due to be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities before the end of September 1995 and proj...
The European Commission, DG XVI, is planning to publish a call for proposals for its "Programme for Cooperation in Innovation and Technology Transfer". The call is due to be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities before the end of September 1995 and projects are expected to start at the beginning of 1996.

The programme aims to improve the uptake of innovation by business and the promotion of research and technological development in regional development policies in the less-developed regions of the Community.

The two main fields of activity covered by this call for proposals are:

- Development of strategies for innovation in the regions through partnerships between different local actors. These strategies should aim to promote cooperation between different undertakings: both those active in the field of research and technological development and those from public administration. Together they may evaluate the needs of businesses and the capacity and potential of certain SME support structures that aim to help SMEs to innovate in management, organization and training in technological development. This would be carried out with the overall aim of developing a capacity for innovation at regional level through improved structures offering support to businesses and regional policies promoting innovation;

- Launch of pilot projects in the field of technology transfer which illustrate best practice through inter-regional cooperation in less-developed regions. The aim is to stimulate the dissemination of technology and validate the results of research and development amongst enterprises most likely to have an impact on key economic sectors in less-developed regions.

The main target groups for regional innovation strategies are regional authorities from NUTS II areas (Nomenclature of Statistical Territorial Units: II), a significant part of whose populations live in Objective 1, 2, 5b and 6 regions. Pilot project proposals should come from at least two local or regional authorities from two different regions in two EU Member States. At least one third of regions participating in the project should come from Objective 1 areas.

The Community will cover up to 50% of the costs of both regional innovation strategies and pilot projects. A minimum amount of ECU 250,000 per region is foreseen for regional innovation strategies. The Community contribution to pilot projects will be between ECU 1 and 3 million per project. The total ERDF budget for the 1995-1998 period is ECU 15 million.

Source: European Commission, DG XVI
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