In the context of the public consultation launched by the Commission about the new Interregional Innovation Investment initiative (I3) proposed under the ERDF regulation for the 2021-2027 programming period, the Vanguard Initiative has elaborated a comprehensive contribution, in collaboration with 6 other European Networks. Our joint contribution is also supported by 14 S3 interregional Partnerships.
This new instrument, inspired by the Vanguard Initiative experience, is aimed at helping actors involved in smart specialisation strategies (S3) to cluster together, scale up and bring innovation to the European market through providing adequate funding solutions for interregional projects. Our contribution, building on experience from VI pilots, is aimed at shaping an instrument suited for innovation stakeholders needs and addressing existing barriers in interregional innovation projects.
If you are interested in reading the full statement, please find it here.