The European Commission has launched the challenge for all regions to develop and implement their own smart specialization strategies, underlining the importance of concentrating human and financial resources for RDI in competitive areas. This regional smart specialization strategy must be the result of a process of public-private cooperation, the ultimate goal is to foster a new economic model, a transformation based on the concentration of investment in research and innovation in priority areas specific to the region with the potential to become globally competitive. One of the main objectives of RIS3 is to promote innovation capacities in the regions by promoting university-business interactions and a research-based innovation model.
In order to elaborate the Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS 3 BI), the Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency, through a working meeting with representatives of the Joint Research Center (JRC) on 29 January 2019 and the collection activities the quantitative and qualitative data necessary for the analysis of the regional potential, starts a participatory process. Thus, statistical data available at the regional level were collected and specific questionnaires were earmarked for local public authorities, the academic environment, the business environment and civil society.
The analysis of the innovative regional potential, based on quantitative and qualitative data, will be debated and finalized through interviews, focus groups and workshops of "entrepreneurial discovery" with representatives of "quadruple helix" (local public authorities, academia, environment business and civil society). In the "entrepreneurial discovery" process, knowledge specializations that best match the regional innovation potential will be identified, according to the resources and capabilities of the region.
According to the Guidelines for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization S3, published in May 2012 by the General Policy Directorate, the steps to be taken for the development of RIS3 BI:
a. collecting economic information on the regional context and the potential for innovation and outlining the regional profile, including drawing up sectoral lists for relevant industrial activities at regional level
b. Analyze data interpretation and compile critical regional SWOT analysis
c. defining and implementing the mechanism for selecting smart specialisation domains
d. defining the global vision of the future of the region, identifying the intervention priorities for smart specialization
e. the correlation of the regional specialization fields with the societal challenges (defining the matrix structure of regional specialization areas) and the domains included in the European, national and regional strategic documents
f. defining the intervention mix for regional smart specialization (action plan) g. defining the governance, monitoring and evaluation mechanism
h. defining the regional portfolio of priority projects.
In this context, we ask the relevant regional actors (representatives of the quadruple helix) to complete the specific questionnaire:
- Companies in the region (SRL / SA)
- Local public authorities
- Universities, institutions/bodies/ public research centres, private research institutions/bodies/ research centres, scientific and technological parks, industrial parks, technology transfer entities, clusters
- Chambers of Commerce and Industry, NGOs, federations and professional associations, patronage, UGIR, etc.