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Project ID: 723630

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CLUSTERNANOROAD (Driving Europe’s NMBP economy - Cross-cluster innovation and value creation through validated NMBP collaborative strategies and roadmap)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main objectives of the CLUSTERNANOROAD project are to:

•Identify and map key initiatives and novel approaches within NBMP, as well as success factors and the main challenges in existing clusters/RIS3 interactions (WP1).
•Review previous NMBP coordination actions and identify existing cross KETs related value chains across Europe and NMBP RIS3 strategies that have been facilitated by clusters (WP1).
•Develop key resources for regions to be better enabled to benefit from cluster development in the main NMBP thematic areas and related KETs (WP2).
•Produce a roadmap with relevant case studies on key NMBP themes for use by regions and clusters in RIS3 policy development and decision making (WP2).
•Make policy recommendations for how regions can benefit from clusters/RIS3 interactions and investments in NMBP and relevant KETs, especially by creating synergies between different funding sources (H2020.ESIF, COS) (WP2).
•Validate the recommendations developed (WP3).
•Promote the implementation of 3 to 5 Pilots on trans-cluster cooperation in the NMBP area. Priority clusters across Europe will be selected to pilot selected activities directly in their community and in collaboration across Europe (WP4).
•Create an NMBP focused collaborative platform as a hub for partnership and shared practice for all stakeholders in NMBP thematic areas and related KETs, with the intention for the platform to continue following project close The singularity of such platform lies on its thematic focus (NMBP) and on its cluster driven nature.

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

Work Package 1 was the basis for the subsequent project work through a thorough analysis process:
•Firstly, a report has been developed with the mapping of national and regional initiatives, associated to the territories’ Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and Operational Programmes (OP) across Europe, involving clusters in the initiatives’ planning or set-up (deliverable D1.1). The overall aim was to identify trends and synergies and to facilitate the coordination between the NMBP sectors, the RIS3 and OPs, and the clusters for more efficient impacts across Europe.
•In a second step, a Benchmark Guide - KET-cases for the visualisation of good practices that identify success factors and challenges/barriers for implementation has been elaborated (D1.2). This guide aimed to illustrate a number of good practice examples of initiatives relevant to the RIS3-KETs interactions in different EU regions and countries, involving at least one cluster.
•In a third step and on the basis of the previous analyses, a report was elaborated as synthesis (D1.3): it aimed at presenting a categorisation of novel approaches, success factors and related impact indicators in KETs-RIS3 interaction. On this basis, policy recommendations were elaborated, as well as suggestions set up for pilot actions involving clusters (implemented in WP4): the aim was to help overcome practical challenges in the implementation of RIS3 across European regions.

WP 2 – the roadmapping exercise. The Initial structure of the roadmap was planned to be drafted and discussed among partners by M6 and revised by M12 based on outcomes from WP1 and development of the pilot actions. After initial work and drafted structure of the roadmap, it was agreed among all consortium members during the 3rd coordination meeting that this structure of roadmap structure was ambitious based on the work being generated and the intention for the roadmap in practical use. As a general opinion, the consortium agreed that it would be better to keep the roadmap short and with practical advice for regions, clusters and potential clusters, rather than presenting a long and massive report. Between Draft1 (M12) and Draft2 (M29), the consortium agreed to rethink the chapters & contents, by including different ones and, if needed, remove some content where it was felt not to add value to regions as a roadmap.

WP3 – Value Chain Validation - Within this workpackage the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the previous workpackages (WP 1 &2) will be validated through consultation with a representative sample of the main stakeholders. Validation activities were postponed to start February 2018. It was initially plan to run from the beginning of the project. The sessions will be aimed at retrieving feedback and comments from the local experts, will help to adapt and revise their developed concepts and reports coming on the analysis produced within D1.3 (WP1) and also of D2.1 (WP2).

Workpackage 4 - Pilot Actions - The objectives within this work package are to pilot selected actions to validate the impact and efficacy of cross cluster collaborations in the support of NMBP. Within this workpackage, three type of pilot action were defined and draft protocols have been developed for each pilot action:
- Pilot 1: Focus on the relationship cluster organisation – cluster stakeholder mix model solutions.
- Pilot 2: Cluster & Regional policy maker working groups: improving knowledge sharing and collaboration between policy makers aiming at developing policy measures and instrument supporting innovation process (Lead INL)
- Pilot 3: Cluster to cluster collaboration: Joint technical, market and regulatory horizon scanning which will support the innovation process (Lead CEBR)

In order to measure the progress of the pilot actions, a set of indicators have been defined, together with operational parameters through which the actions have to be implemented. For eac

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)

Not Applicable
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