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Lombardy Region’s Smart Specialisation Strategy

Purpose & Scope

The purpose of this Smart Specialisation Strategy for Lombardy (RIS3) is to:

  • identify the policies and range of public support that is available at regional level to help businesses invest in innovation, and why and how specific priorities (Specialisation Areas - SAs) for investment have been made;
  • mark a territorial development path through support to the Research and Innovation: help the regional enterprises and research bodies to benefit from and to identify opportunities to collaborate with other places across Italy and beyond with similar investment priorities for innovation;
  • fulfill the requirements of EC ERDF ex-ante conditionality, transforming this requirement into an opportunity: to experiment de facto the new territorial development path: concentration of the investments on SAs with high social return of investments;
  • inform and to involve the territorial stakeholder in policy-making process regarding Research and Innovation.


Lombardy’ RIS3 helps to build connections of ideas, finance and trade with similar activities elsewhere becoming a long term strategic framework. The identified challenge is to support, to accelerate the transformation of traditional and/or mature industries in emerging industries.

Ingredients for Success

Regional Government broad:

  • overtakes the vertical sectors logic, evaluating the excellencies of the own territory by systems of competencies. The individuated SAs are: Aerospace; Agri-food; Eco-industry; Creative and cultural industries; Health industry; Advanced manufacturing; Sustainable mobility;
  • points out the “show influences” between competencies of various sectors, boosts cross-fertilization phenomena;
  • activates and strengthens tools for closer interaction with the territory. The main tool are “Cluster Initiative” Programme and Collaborative Platform of Open Innovation;
  • activates specific Call for Proposals with the aim to encourage the collaborations within knowledge triangle.

Territorial broad:

  • Continuous dialogue with the Regional Government;
  • Participates at the policy- making process through Lombardy Technological Clusters as “soft governance”, the regional "Economic Partnership", different public consultations, and indirectly through thematic communities created on the Collaborative Platform of Open Innovation etc.

RIS3_Lombardy Executive Summary

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