SUPER – SME
The SUPER-SME (SUpporting Potential and Existing Research intensive SMEs) project aims to contribute to the objective of raising the intensity of research expenditure and activity of enterprises in the participating regions through a mix of activities.This will be done in two main phases using a range of tools:
Phase 1: mapping S&T intermediation services and identifying gaps
- Phase 1 will start from the existing baseline situation in terms of regional RTD performance, the project will map and appraise the relative contribution and success of the existing S&T intermediaries in each region;
- This mapping will be contrasted with and debated by a panel of leading ‘research intensive’ SMEs in the region in order to identify the main gaps and establish a prioritisation of needs;
- A first inter-regional workshop will then allow an exchange of views and discussions on the outcome of the mapping exercise and will prepare the second phase of the project.
Phase 2: Peer review and mentoring actions to develop regional S&T intermediation networks
- The second phase will be based on a series of peer-review and mentoring actions between the seven regions, including study trips. These actions will be organised with a view to achieving a concrete result for each region in the form of a plan of action for improving S&T intermediation services and the drafting of a regional pilot project in the four mentee regions. This will be done in consultation with the panel of research intensive SMEs which will meet a further two-times to review progress.
- The results of the mapping, benchmarking and exchange of experience activities will be summarised in the form of a blueprint guide to provide subsequent guidance to policy makers in RTD matters.
In short, the project will seek to synthesis and distill the experience and knowledge gained by the three mentor regions on their S&T intermediation system and use it to develop and improve key intermediaries in each of the mentee regions. It is also expected that the exchange of experience between the three mentor regions will assist them in their own reorganisation and reinforcement of the effectiveness of their own regional S&T intermediation network.
The final output of the project will be a blueprint guide for other regions seeking to restructure, rationalise or reform their own regional S&T intermediation system in favour of research-intensive SMEs. This guide will synthesise the experience of the six/seven regions in implementing SUPER-SME and make it available to a wide number of regions via the IRE Network and other networks (e.g. ERIK, ERRIN, etc.)