A call has been launched to boost industrial competitiveness and investment in the EU via cross-regional cooperation and networking by supporting European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments. These partnerships will facilitate cluster cooperation in thematic areas related to regional smart specialisation strategies and increase the involvement of the industry in the context of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation.
Partnerships will foster interregional industry cooperation and interaction with technology and innovation centres to generate joint actions and investment projects. Proposed activities are expected to target the preparatory, implementation and investment phases of joint projects, from strategy-setting to road-mapping, matchmaking etc., ultimately helping SMEs from various regions enter value chains.
The deadline for submission is 8 March 2018.
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