Although current regional RTD policy has focussed heavily on cluster policies, the methodological base for assessing and developing the heterogeneous outcome of these efforts is surprisingly meagre. There is a lack of approaches for capturing and developing intellectual capital - especially intangible structural and relational assets - that lie at the heart of these RTD policy interventions. At the same time, management sciences have seen the development of Intellectual Capital (ICR) as a tool to capture these innovation relevant intangibles on the level of the organisation. RICARDA aims to transfer ICR on the level of regional RTD networks or clusters. It will therefore help improve regional RTD policy by developing and applying an ICR methodology for collaborative research activities in European regions. ICRs will be jointly drafted by regional institutions, cluster managers and specialized research institutions for differing pilot-clusters in each of the participating regions, identifying opportunities f or improving private and public engagement in R&D activities. The potential for establishing an ICR-based policy learning framework within each region will be explored with regional RTD stakeholders. The findings in the four participating regions will be discussed in an international comparison and will finally lead to a refined methodology for the introduction of ICR within regional RTD policies which will be disseminated in various ways. The participating regional institutions in Stockholm (SE), Stuttgart (D), Styria (A) and West Transdanubia (HU) are all actively involved in cluster-development activities. These regions represent a wide spectrum in terms of regional institutional capacities, economic structures, R&D priorities etc. The four participating research institutions are all actively involved in regional RTD policy and/or cluster management.
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