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2015-07-13 Italy: Pilot Projects to Reinforce Collaboration Among Clusters and Technology Centres

Pilot Projects to Reinforce Collaboration Among Clusters and Technology Centres

Description of the project offered: 
The main objective of this call is to launch pilot projects reinforcing cooperation among clusters and related technology centres. These pilot projects should be in line with regional smart specialisation priorities, exploit growth opportunities and accelerate regional economic convergence across the EU.
This call aims to maximise the innovation uptake and productivity increases by identifying:
R&D and innovation solutions and challenges;
value-chain linkages;
business opportunities for collaboration across borders and sectors, notably between SMEs from less and more economically advanced regions.
The proposed pilot projects shall specifically contribute to:
the undertaking of a benchmarking exercise of the growth potential of the participating regional clusters and the identifation of bottlenecks and opportunities for collaboration;
the exploration of concrete collaboration opportunities between clusters, technology centres and their SMEs with the goal of improving industrial competences, exploiting available innovation and R&D results, and adding value to existing industrial sectors and value chains;
developing a cluster partnership strategy for joint activities and related regional smart specialisation investment plans for organisational, skills and industrial development improvements to foster sustained growth across the participating regions.
The European Commission will co-finance proposals carried out by cluster organisations and technology centres. Successful applicants will receive a grant with a maximum of EUR 250 000 for an EU co-financing of a maximum of 75 % of eligible costs. A total budget of EUR 500 000 of EU financing is available for this call.
Project proposer:   
vincenzo iozzia (Italy)
Partner role:  Project participant 
Partner organisation:  Consultancy
Call for proposal title:  N/A 

Description of the collaboration sought: 

Expertise sought: Intellectual property rights, Business aspects, Coordination. Cooperation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Security, Employment issues, Regional development, Economic aspects, Information. Media, Education. Training, Social aspects, Sustainable development, Waste management, Project management methodologies, Agricultural biotechnology, Resources of the sea. Fisheries, Food, Agriculture, Network technologies, ICT Applications, Transport, Industrial manufacture, 
Roles sought: Project coordinator, 
Organisation types sought: Industry, Consultancy, Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey,