ELABORATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF THE REGIONAL SMART SPECIALIZATION STRATEGY IN ROMANIA (RIS3 NORTH-EAST)
We are the initiators of the first smart specialization strategy in Romania – RIS3 North-East (2013), recognized by CDR North-East, MLPDA and the European Commission (and integrated in RDP North-East) and we coordinate its elaboration together with local, public and private actors : companies, universities – research and development centers, public administrations and civil society.
WE OFFER SUPPORT AND ADVICE SERVICES TO INNOVATIVE PROJECT PROMOTERS TO IDENTIFY THE MOST SUITABLE PARTNERS AND ATTRACT THE RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR IMPLEMENTATION
THROUGH RIS3 NORTHEAST COORDINATE THE VALORIZATION OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
47.1 MILLION EUR ALLOCATED FROM ROP 2014-2020 Axis 1 FOR NORTH-EAST RIS3
ABOUT INNOVATION IN THE NORTH-EAST REGION
THE REGIONAL INNOVATION CONSORTIUM
THE REGIONAL INNOVATION CONSORTIUM (CRI): is a consultative structure, without legal personality, coordinated by RDA, composed of representatives of academia, research, innovative enterprises, public authorities and civil society, with a role in approving and monitoring RIS3 Nord- East, approval of the regional framework document developed for programming the financing from Axis 1-Promotion of technology transfer, Regional Operational Program (ROP) 2014-2020, approval of the portfolio of priority projects of RIS3 North-East, analysis and prioritization of projects for innovation and technology transfer structures , according to Axis 1, POR 2014-2020. Number of full members – 36.
Academic Advisory Commission (BCC): the consultative structure, without legal personality, composed of representatives of the regional academic environment whose main role is to support RDA in defining, reviewing and evaluating RIS3 North-East. Number of full members – unlimited.
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THE WORLD BANK TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Technical Assistance Program, offered by the Representation of the World Bank in Romania, in the North-East Region, hereinafter referred to as WBG TA, is a consequence of the „Regions Remaining” Initiative and is based on a financing agreement signed between WBG (World Bank). Group) and DG Regio.
The overall objective of the WBG TA program is to increase innovation capacity by developing and testing three assistance programs implemented in the North-West and North-East regions and a national program, including monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. These programs are directly addressed to knowledge generators in the region (researchers, universities, innovators) in order to create bridges between them and entities able to absorb knowledge (companies, entrepreneurs) and turn it into products and services required by the market. The emphasis will be on creating favorable framework conditions and developing the administrative capacity of the structures to stimulate collaboration and technology transfer.
WBG TA was officially launched in September 2018 and will run for 24 months.
Objective: To support the European Commission’s efforts to develop institutional capacity in the regions of Romania, in order to create and implement regional innovation programs based on international practices Research Results Recovery Program (RVP)
– Objective: Technical assistance for the direct and indirect support of the commercialization of research projects
– Beneficiaries: Selected research teams, selected TTOs from the North-East and North-West Regions
Structured Research Contract Program (SCRP)
– Objective: Technical assistance for the use of research infrastructure and human resources in order to create an additional private sector revenue stream for universities and other public research structures
– Beneficiaries: Selected research departments, selected TTOs from the North-East and North-West Regions
Proof of Concept (PoCP) Program
– Objective: Technical assistance for the creation and implementation of a grant scheme for innovation in the early stages of product and process development. Increasing the capacity of RDA for the design of financing mechanisms to increase the infusion of innovative projects
– Beneficiaries: Startups, SMEs, RDA at national level
Institutional Technology Transfer Program (TTIBP)
– Objective: To increase the capacity of TTOs, or other similar structures, to define and implement intellectual property policies so that they can conduct commercial transactions with third parties
– Beneficiaries: TTOs or departments within public research structures with similar functions to selected TTOs in the North-East and North-West Regions
The Research Valorization Program (RVP) is addressed to public research organizations and is intended to support research teams in order to capitalize on the marketing potential of the results of research conducted.
The Structured Contract Research Program (SCRP) supports public research organizations and promotes collaboration with industry by using existing research infrastructure (physical assets and human resources) for various research and testing for the benefit of companies.
The Institutional Building Transfer Program (TTIBP) develops the capacity of technology transfer offices (TTOs) by evaluating the aspects of Intellectual Property in the context of TTO operations (1), by evaluating the organizational models of the TTO (2) and the training of TTO staff to define and implement policies for intellectual property rights and to conclude contracts with third parties.
The Proof of Concept (PoCP) program supports innovation in the early stages of developing new products and processes at the level of companies (start-ups, SMEs). It also supports the managing authorities (MA and IB) in creating a dedicated PoCP financing program for all 8 development regions, as part of the Regional Operational Program (ROP).
AXIS 1 – ROP 2014-2020
The Regional Operational Program 2014-2020 through priority axis 1 – promoting technology transfer will finance the following activities:
// creation and development of innovation and technology transfer (ITT) infrastructures, including science and technology parks, respectively construction, modernization, extension and endowment with necessary equipment and software;
// acquisition of specific technological services, including specialized business consulting;
// investments for SMEs for the implementation of a research-innovation result in partnership with an ITT.
The beneficiaries of this priority axis are:
// Innovation infrastructure and technological transfer accredited according to the legislation in force
// Science and technology parks accredited according to the legislation in force
// SME in partnership with ITT
The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDPA) has the role of Managing Authority for the Regional Operational Program 2014-2020, and the North-East Regional Development Agency is the Intermediate Body (IB) for the implementation of Priority Axis 1 of the ROP in the North-East Region.
Specific conditions for accessing funds within the ROP 2014-2020, Axis 1 „Promoting technology transfer”, Investment priority 1.1:
// – Operation A Supporting innovation and technology transfer entities
// – Operation B – Supporting science and technology parks (SGP)
// – Operation C – Investments for SMEs for the implementation of a research result – innovation in partnership with an ITT