Creating a smarter Europe means promoting innovative and smart economic transformation and regional ICT connectivity.
Our programme helps local, regional and national governments across Europe to develop and deliver better regional development policies in this field.
We create opportunities for sharing solutions to regional development issues, for exchanging good practices and for policy learning via our two pillars: our interregional cooperation projects and our Policy Learning Platform.
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To develop and enhance research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies.
To reap the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities.
To enhance sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive
To develop skills for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship.
Projects and project ideas
Get inspired by our approved projects or explore one of these SMART project ideas. Then, discover how you can get involved in interregional cooperation by preparing your own project proposal.
SMART project ideas
CARBOLOCAL - Helping to sequester carbon by limiting the impact of agricultural activities
Bring Old Boats Online Together (BOBOT)-Common data base for old boats/pleasure crafts
Skills development for businesses succession and transfer processes
Retaining young talent in territories with demographic challenges
Online penta helix platform
Innovation Clusters as a part of the regional ecosystem in Industrial Transition
Flagship store to showcase city transformation
InnoCoop – fostering innovation-oriented business cooperation of SMEs
DECO – DESIGN COLLABORATION FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Digitisation of citizen inclusion in decision-making process
Promotion of SMEs' Internationalization through Networking and Research Collaboration
VR & Gamification for Intereuropean Narrative Learning:Enhanced Problem Solving-Engagement
Explore all the policy solutions our projects and policy experts have identified on the topic of SMART. Read through our policy briefs and good practices. Watch our webinar recordings. Download the conclusions for past workshops and peer reviews.
Tartu – testbed of good thoughts
To move faster towards being a smart and sustainable city, Tartu promotes itself as a professional and start-up minded testbed of novel smart city solutions.
INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAMME: CONNECTING TALENT INTERNSHIPS
International mobility program: young people with university degree that can stay in leading organizations abroad for 6 months
Simulate your business
The business development organization - ALMI re-developed a business simulation tool in respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WTC podcast to stimulate export during COVID-19
Webinar and podcast series to stimulate exports of SMEs has lead to a interesting series of podcasts and suscces stories.
Mazowiecka Liquidity Loan
EKIN+: Support program for creation, growth & consolidation of innovative start-ups in San Sebastián
EKIN+ is a program created in 2014 to promote and consolidate innovative business projects in San Sebastian.
Guimarães Marca Fashion Festival
Fashion Film Festival, the Parade & Showcase of Guimarães Marca companies, the Young Creators and the Guimarães Marca Fashion Festival Talks
BLUE GROWTH PIRAEUS
Blue Growth Piraeus (BGP) is an initiative to support start-ups and sustainable entrepreneurship in the maritime economy
Support to arts, entertainment and recreation sector businesses | Covid-19
Support to culture sector enterprises by offering working capital loans and grants for organisation of art, entertainment, or recreation events.
Quality standards and individualised approach of local incubation programme within ERDF by Leszno Business Centre
Quality incubation programme for local start-ups including both business support services and investment (first being pre-condition for the latter).
Support program: "Ris3mur COVID-19 for reactivation business through technological innovation"
Financial support for companies framed within sectors included in the Research & Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy whose results were affected by Covid19
Supporting businesses to deploy e-commerce solutions during COVID-19 pandemic
Public support instrument for SMEs focusing on the deployment of digital e-commerce solutions during the pandemic
Clinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care & Lifestyle Improvement: vINCI
The vINCI project has developed an assistive monitoring technology for the older adults aged 65+.
Patient route management system
Crisis Consulting Corona
Crisis Consulting Corona provided SMEs and self-employed in Baden-Württemberg with crisis consulting to help them address the challenges linked to the pandemic
SMART policy solutions
Better RIS3 GovernanceExplore the follow-up report of the matchmaking we hosted for the Region of Western Greece Managing Authority and get inspired!
Strengthening regional innovation ecosystems with innovation vouchersOn 8 March 2023, the Policy Learning Platform held a webinar on the topic of
Innovation Inducement Prizes: small steps to transformative changesThere is a growing consensus that innovation policies need to be directed toward addressing societal challenges like climate change,
Innovation procurementExplore the role of innovation procurement, as an important policy tool, for regional development in this policy brief.
Creating a blue economy roadmapDiscover the recommendations made by European peers on the topic of building an blue economy roadmap
Cultural and Creative Industries: Towards a more social EuropeOn 7 February 2023, the Policy Learning Platform hosted the second episode of the Cultural and Creative Industries series: Towards a more social Europe. Watch the recording and explore the key learnings.
Fostering innovation capacities and integrating disadvantaged groupsExplore the challenges and recommendations of the peer review for the government of Åland.
Cultural and Creative Industries: Towards a green and digital EuropeOn 31 January 2023, the Policy Learning Platform hosted the first episode of Cultural and Creative Industries series. Watch the recording and explore the key learnings.
Multi-level Governance for InnovationDiscover how regions across Europe have been using multi-level governance to promote innovation.
Development of Smart Island and Smart Tourism StrategiesDiscover how the Policy Learning Platform has helped the island of Korčula with its smart tourism strategies.
University-industry collaboration for the digital and green twin transitionsOn 19 October 2022, the Policy Learning Platform in Brno, Czech Republic on University-industry collaboration for the digital and green twin transitions.
Entrepreneurship support: Incubator success factorsOn 12 December 2022, the Policy Learning Platform hosted a webinar on the topic of entrepreneurship support. Watch the recording and access the presentations.
Replay available: Next generation policymakersMore than 150 participants, 10 talented speakers around an important subject: why continuous learning and cooperation helps policymakers to face today and tomorrow's challenges. Watch the recording.
Spaces for innovationExplore the importance of five types of spaces for innovation for local and regional development in this policy brief!
Digital innovation hubs and demonstratorsHow can we build digital innovation hubs to accelerate the take up of digitalisation opportunities for companies? FInd out how it is possible with this article.
Get policy advice
Are you looking for help on a regional policy-making challenge or simply have a question? Make use of our Platform services.
Get relevant resources and contacts through a written exchange with our experts.
Get ideas on how to resolve your policy challenge during a two-hour discussion with peers.
News and events
Explore the latest news and upcoming events on SMART topics.