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.
- 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.