Partnerships for Regional Innovation

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The Committee of the Regions (CoR)  and the European Commission’s Joint research Centre are inviting expressions of interest from regions, groups of regions and Member States to participate in the Pilot Action on “Partnerships for Regional Innovation” (deadline is 25 April 2022).

The pilot action

The Partnerships for Regional Innovation is a pilot action that will involve up to 24 European territories to provide stronger directionality to respond to the digital and green twin transitions guiding the European growth strategy for the programming period 2021-2027.

It will complement the concept of Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) to provide a platform to enhance the coordination of regional, national and EU R&I policies to implement Europe’s green and digital twin transitions.

PRI will be firmly anchored in the EU policy framework supporting the implementation of the European Green Deal, NextGenerationEU, the EU Industrial Strategy, and A Europe fit for the Digital Age.

Aims of the pilot action

The Partnerships for Regional Innovation aims to enhance synergies and amplify impact across EU investment programmes (e.g. Next GenerationEU, Structural Funds, Horizon Europe) and EU instruments, including the European missions (e.g. for transformative climate adaptation).

The CoR, in close collaboration with the European Commission, will prioritise applications from territories that offer the most useful lessons for transformative innovation.

These include territories that have already experience working across policy portfolios and levels of governance, experience with mobilising several funds for the same objectives in their strategy (e.g. through local missions) or which have experimented with novel approaches that have resulted in measurably high impact and are potentially of European relevance (e.g. for other territories with similar features).


Activities under the Pilot Action will be tailored to the areas of most interest for each participant. They can include:

  • Thematic workshops
  • Exchanges of good practices
  • In-depth policy reviews with the involvement of external experts
  • Tailored analytical insights and support from JRC staff (e.g. resilience dashboards, complexity analysis....)

Each participating region will cover the costs associated with its participation in the PRI Pilot. The expected duration of the Pilot Action is 1 year.

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