Regional Partnership

Regional Partnership

The SUPER-SME project is led by the Regional Council of Lorraine, department of technology and innovation. Since the mid-nineties and the development of one of the first 'Regional Technology Plans' (precursor of RIS-RITTS) in Europe, the Lorraine Region has gained extensive experience of developing and designing regional innovation policy, funding and managing regional networks of intermediaries. It has also been significantly involved in developing regional technology foresight and strategic intelligence platforms as a tool, including in a number of previous inter-regional projects.

The partners are either regional authorities responsible for economic development and SME support (e.g. Cluj and Huendoara, Lorraine region) or specialised organisations, research units or foundations playing a significant role in supporting regional research and innovation policy in their respective territories. The table below provides a summary of the more detailed information on each partner which can be found on the following pages, and highlights examples of the specific experience they bring to the project.

Partner Status and role in region Specific experience relevant to project
Conseil Regionál de Lorraine Regional Council, largely responsible for innovation and technology policy at regional level in partnership with national authorities in field of R&D. Input to planning research investments through periodic joint plan with national authorities. Co-ordination of Technology diffusion network and creation of 3i Lorraine; DECILOR: strategic intelligence platform for key regional sectors; Significant involvement and prior experience of managing inter-regional co-operation networks in field of RTDI.
TÜBITAK Adana Universite Sanayi Ortak Arastirma Merkezi No regional strategy yet but moving towards creation of regional development agency and preparation of a regional development plan. Adana Cukurova University and its surroundings have been given the ‘technology development region’ status by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Strong support from national science and technology agency TÜBITAK. First implementer of the TÜBITAK-TIDEB’s Technology Management Programme. The programme aims to help companies, particularly SME, conceptualise and conduct R&D projects at the end of the trainings and field studies implemented to identify their R&D potentials.
EWE (Cluj County Council) County Councils responsible for economic development Co-operation with Regional Development Agencies responsible for managing region wide programmes Co-operation in framework of development of regional innovation strategy; Initial efforts to develop county level actions to maximum impact of research base for SMEs.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
URENIO Research unit
Project management of major regional research and innovation actions behalf of regional authorities. Wide experience in the development and design of regional research and innovation policies and projects - including at inter-regional level Notably in fields of technology watch, innovation management, etc.
Institute of Baltic Studies Non-profit organisation recognised by Ministry of Education and Research and city of Tartu as programme manager Active in technology foresight, support to regional partnerships, etc. Working closely with Tartu Science Park and other intermediaries.
Fundación para el Desarrollo y la Innovaciòn Tecnologica Non-profit organisation playing interface role between R&D based and private enterprises Close co-operation with CIDEM (regional agency for innovation) Strong experience in R&D design, management and dissemination Technology watch and strategic intelligence, foresight, etc.
SSTSCZ Prague Centre of Academy of Sciences recognised by Czech Government and city authorities as expertise centre. Theoretical and practical research into science policy, research evaluation, benchmarking RTD organisations, corporate demand for R&D. Prior participation in EU projects.