The Southern Regional Assembly have joined forces with 9 European partners on the COHES3ION Interreg funded project to support the delivery of regional innovation through improving the regional impact of Ireland’s ‘Smart Specialisation Strategy’ (S3) in alignment with the Southern Regional Economic and Spatial Strategy (RSES). All partners share the common challenge of having no regional dimension to their Smart Specialisation Strategy, COHES3ION aims to tackle this by identifying regional Smart Priorities and strengthening the regional coordination of innovation delivery and support players.
What is Smart Specialisation?
Smart specialisation is a place-based strategy that seeks to enable regions to identify and develop their commercial and social advantages, through a bottom-up process engaging everyone in the region. Smart Specialisation is based on partnerships between businesses, public entities and knowledge institutions.
What does this mean for the region?
The southern region of Ireland has its own individual strengths and competitive advantage where priority areas are of more importance to the economy and the integration of a regional dimension into the management of the S3 and policy mix will focus the region on recognising and building on its smart priorities. The development of targeted Regional Smart Specialisation objectives/approach and Regional Clusters in targeted specialisms could be instrumental in achieving the benefits of scale required to attract investment and compete for funding opportunities such as the DBEI Disruptive Technologies Fund whose focus is to build on research in Ireland and leverage research for commercial impact by fostering deeper and wider RD&I collaborations between the public and private sectors in key technology areas
Although Ireland has a strong science base performance is hindered by the lack of targeted regional S3 objectives and academic-industrial linkages necessitating the need to focus R&I on economic and societal return through a concentrated regional approach and greater linkages between Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and industry.
The Southern Regional Assembly are the authors of the RSES for the Southern region which is a 12-year strategic development framework identifying key priorities for investment. The RSES acknowledges that a strong economy is underpinned by strong enterprise, innovation and skills which requires a competitive, innovative and resilient regional enterprise base. It is an ambitious plan for the region and provides a timely opportunity to consider and align S3 strategies in Ireland at regional level in collaboration with the COHES3ION project.
The project will culminate with a Regional Action Plan emphasising the importance and value of mainstreaming a regional dimension to Irelands S3 and the development of a regional S3.
The COHES3ION project commenced in August 2019 and will run for a duration of three years. It was approved under the Interreg Europe Programme 2014-2020 and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
For more information about the COHES3ION project visit the Interreg Europe website.
For further information please contact the Southern Regional Assembly:
Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer
Phone: +353 (0) 51 860 706 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org