• 29.03.2021

    The Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference New growth of industrial regions through Smart Specialization organized by Norte and Galicia regions, provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on the impact of interregional collaboration in stimulating industrial modernization.

  • 09.03.2021

    The European Commission published the report on the assessment of the stakeholder consultation on the new Interregional Innovation Investment Initiative (I3) proposed under the ERDF regulation for the 2021-2027 programming period. This new instrument, inspired by the Vanguard Initiative experience intends to support regional innovation stakeholders, well integrated into the regional innovation ecosystems, providing funding for mature joint innovation projects organised in value-chain investment portfolios.

  • 05.03.2021

    The EU Industry Days webinar Regions in Industrial Transition: Making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems organized by Th!nk East Netherlands in the framework of the Vanguard Initiative, provided a valuable opportunity to demonstrate how European Regions are key drivers in the twin transition of greening and digitalization of the EU Industry.

  • 27.01.2021

    The Vanguard Initiative, represented by The Basque Country, has been selected by the European Commission as a member of the Industrial Forum Commission Expert Group.

  • 10.12.2020

    Over the last years and months, the 3DP Pilot was able to design various SMEs-led ‘application-specific projects’ generated by active demo-cases. For some of these company led use cases, the Pilot was able to describe the activities and associated costs for each project in detail. For some projects, full business models and business plans were generated (with the support of the DG REGIO Pilot Action which supported 3DP Pilot in 2018-2019). 

  • 10.12.2020

    Following the decision to anchor the analysis of the regional funding and financing (F&F) opportunities to the concrete needs of the Vanguard Initiative's Pilots, a process was launched to collect relevant information from three selected Pilots (3DP, ESM and Bio-economy).

  • 09.12.2020

    Within the Nano Pilot, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, in close cooperation with Region Skåne and Lund University, have established and started operations of the ProNano pilot line.  On the campus of Lund University, ProNano is Swedens first test and demonstration environment for the industrialization of nanotechnology-based materials, processes, and components.  The facility gives new possibilities for innovations within nanotechnology to scale up for becoming commercially viable.

  • 09.12.2020

    The 3DP Pilot Platform for Pitching and Implementing new cross regional projects was launched in October 2019 in order to further position the 3DP Pilot as an open and flexible cross-regional platform for generating and facilitating the implementation of ambitious demonstration projects that are not (per se) under the scope of the current demo cases. 

  • 09.12.2020

    Early 2020, the 3DP PAN EU project (a European Parliament supported project managed by DG GROW that has been generated based on the activities and needs of the 3DP Pilot) launched its ‘Call for proposals to provide services and funds to SMEs to support pan-European demonstration projects based on 3DP technologies’. This call was launched with the objective of testing and validating up to 10 industrial demonstration 3D printing-based projects in various application fields, making use of the pan-European platform.

  • 08.12.2020

    The call for ideas launched in September to support the start-up of new demo-cases in the Nano Pilot has originated three proposals. 

    A first demo-case is focused on MEMS for nano-analytiX and is led by the Bologna Unit of CNR Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems. It aims to demonstrate and deploy MEMS technology for the integration of analytical functionalities in miniaturized sensing systems by adding analytical functionalities of nano-enabled MEMS devices to microsensors.