Project - Mediterranean Innovation STRAtegy for transnational activity of clusters and networks of the Blue Growth

Description


Description (EN): The current MED area innovation performance in the blue growth (BG) sector is behind the EU average and there is a lack of transnational and transversal cooperation between the different quadruple helix actors in the BG. The aim of MISTRAL is to strenghten a transnational partnership made up of 8 countries (2 Ministries, 8 Regions, 5 Clusters, 3 RTOs and other organizations) in order to: i) make marine knowledge and sustainable innovation the key drivers for BG, ii) support MED clusters to become an excellent intermediary of knowledge for increasing blue economy, iii) design and implement sustainable development trajectories harmonised with the MED regions Smart Specialization Strategies. The strong partnership, thanks to the open innovation approach, will act as catalyzer for cooperative sustainable innovation actions, placing MISTRAL in a unique position to help the boost of the BG sector in the MED area responding to the programme challenges. A clustering innovation service pack for BG clusters and operators will improve the innovation performance of at least 300 SMEs with at least 100 experts benefitting from the transnational activities and exchange programmes on capacity building. MISTRAL has the ambition to develop a wider governance vision towards 2020 in the BG sector as well as assuring the effective policy mainstreaming. In conclusion, MISTRAL will be the Blue Innovation wind in the MED area unlocking the innovation potential of the coastal and marine ecosystem.
Description: La performance d’innovation dans la région MED dans le secteur de la croissance bleue (CB) est derrière la moyenne de l'UE et il y a une manque de coopération transnationale et transversale entre les différents acteurs de la quadruple hélice. MISTRAL a le but de promouvoir et mettre en œuvre un partenariat transnational de 8 pays (2 Ministeres, 8 Régions, 5 Clusters, 3 SRI et des autres organisations) afin de: i)rendre la connaissance et l'innovation durable les principaux moteurs de la CB, ii)soutenir les clusters MED à devenir un excellent intermédiaire de connaissances pour l'économie bleue, iii)mettre en œuvre des trajectoires de développement harmonisées avec les RIS3 des régions MED. Le partenariat solide aura le rôle de catalyseur pour des actions d'innovation durable, plaçant MISTRAL dans une position unique pour aider à stimuler le secteur de la CB dans la zone MED en réponse aux défis du programme. Un ensemble de service d'innovation pour les clusters et les opérateurs CB améliorera la performance d'innovation d'au moins 300 PME avec au moins 100 experts bénéficiant des activités transnationales et des programmes d'échange sur le renforcement des capacités. MISTRAL a l'ambition de développer une vision de gouvernance plus large vers 2020 dans le secteur de la CB et au même temps assurer une intégration politique efficace. En conclusion, MISTRAL sera le vent de l’économie bleue dans la zone MED débloquant le potentiel d'innovation de l'écosystème côtier et marin.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Improve knowledge of MED clusters competencies and capacities : The first result to be achieved is an in-depth knowledge of the MED Blue Growth economy, to understand key players, performances, opportunities for further development, main challenges. This result will be achieved by studying the state of the art of MED clusters, relevant actors and policy, and with a deep benchmark activity on the blue economy features worldwide. A second step will be the focus on innovation opportunities: relevance of competencies coming from research and education institutions, capacity of the public administration to set a favourable regulatory framework for blue growth development, role of companies (SMEs and corporates) on cooperation projects and mainly in open innovation processes. The map will take into account the different Blue Growth subsectors as Blue Energy (renewable energy resources, as offshore wind and wave potential) Fishing & Acquaculture (sustainability and symbiotic environments) Maritime Surveillance (information and data management), Biotechnologies (exploration and exploitation) and Coastal and maritime tourism opportunities.1 Improve knowledge of MED clusters competencies and capacities : The first result to be achieved is an in-depth knowledge of the MED Blue Growth economy, to understand key players, performances, opportunities for further development, main challenges. This result will be achieved by studying the state of the art of MED clusters, relevant actors and policy, and with a deep benchmark activity on the blue economy features worldwide. A second step will be the focus on innovation opportunities: relevance of competencies coming from research and education institutions, capacity of the public administration to set a favourable regulatory framework for blue growth development, role of companies (SMEs and corporates) on cooperation projects and mainly in open innovation processes. The map will take into account the different Blue Growth subsectors as Blue Energy (renewable energy resources, as offshore wind and wave potential) Fishing & Acquaculture (sustainability and symbiotic environments) Maritime Surveillance (information and data management), Biotechnologies (exploration and exploitation) and Coastal and maritime tourism opportunities.2 Increase the effectiveness of clusters' services : Overall improvement of tailor made services, designed, tested and validated by the MISTRAL network, to allow MED clusters and ecosystems benefitting from new methodologies and tools. Services will tackle key issues as the evaluation of market readiness of technologies and research results, the validation of products (goods and services), talents valorization, innovative business creation, strategies to approach the innovation demand in an international framework, lean processes to address challenges such as reduction of raw material consumption, climate changes and wasting management in the blue growth sector.3 Development of new value chains models : New value models will be designed under a business analysis perspective that describes, besides the traditional drivers, also social and technical resources as they are the main intangible assets that needs to be foster. This new approach to value chains requires a true interdependence among the various actors of the ecosystems. This approach will reflect the process of innovation and entrepreneurial discovery, which is interactive, and based on human capacities; the importance of supporting services and enablers; the valorization of enablers, new technologies (e.g. digital technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology) and support services. Value chains will also benefit from synergies and spill-overs, especially towards new opportunities and markets and also towards new infrastructures such a smart grids. Several different contexts and actors are involved in the process to turn a research outputs into innovative products. The purpose of new models of value chains is to create benefit for the whole ecosystem involved in the innovation processes. Sharing of knowledge and competences supply - as for instance with open innovation processes - within the MISTRAL network is the key added value of the new value chain model.4 Global Med Governance : The BIG MED Forum will have the final aim of steering a shared and common vision on the blue growth future perspective. Actions will be implemented to engage Regional authorities and policy makers in the MED area and not only in the partners and their associated partners territories. Policy recomandations and action plans for a MED global governance vision on Blue Growth towards 2027 will be produced.
Expected Outputs (EN): Increasement of the capacity building of MISTRAL Clusters and operators,Enterprises supported in their innovation performances,Competences building for the MED Blue Growth Innovation community (Clusters and other stakeholders)

Thematic Information


Thematics: Clustering and economic cooperation  Governance, partnership  
Specific Objective: To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Mediterranean Innovation STRAtegy for transnational activity of clusters and networks of the Blue Growth
Project name: Stratégie d'innovation méditerranéenne pour l'activité transnationale des cluster et des réseaux de la Blue Growth
Project acronym: MISTRAL

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2018-02-01
Project end date: 2022-01-31
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 4.837.420,00
European Union funding: EUR 4.111.807,00

ERDF budget: EUR 3.900.582,00
IPA budget: EUR 211.225,00

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Lead Partner (EN): Emilia Romagna Region - Directorate General, Knowledge, Labour and Enterprise Economy
Lead Partner: Région Émilie-Romagne - Direction générale de la connaissance, du travail et de l'économie d'entreprise
Department: Research, innovation, Energy and sustainable economy
Address: Viale Aldo Moro, 44, BOLOGNA, Italy
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Department: International Programs Directory
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Department: Faculty of Business
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Department: Economic Department
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Department: Directorate of Environment and Spatial Planning
Address: ELEFTHERIAS SQUARE, HERAKLION, Greece
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Department: Earth system science and environmental technologies
Address: Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7, Roma, Italy
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Address: Bulevar Louis Pasteur 47 Local 4 Bz.11 Edif. The Green Ray, Malaga, Spain
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Address: Maison des Technologies - Place Georges Pompidou, Toulon, France
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Department: Institute of Oceanography
Address: 46.7 km Athens-Sounion Ave., Anavyssos, Greece
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Department: Central Directorate for Job, Training, Education, Equal Opportunities, Youth Policies, Research and University - Education, Training and Research Area - Advanced Training and Research Office
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