Online Peer Review in Centre-Val de Loire

IMPROVE project`s first Peer Review hosted by DEV’UP Centre-Val de Loire was held online on September 14-16. The event was initially planned to be held on March 10-11 in Orleans, France but was turned to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emphasis was made on the implementation of the Centre-Val de Loire RIS3* in link with the “Thematic Objective 1” of the European Regional Development Fond (ERDF) operational programme.

The first session was dedicated to the presentation of the Centre-Val de Loire Region as well as the RIS3 and its link with the ERDF OP.

Then, Centre-Val de Loire partner chose to illustrate a different aspect of the design and the implementation of the RIS3 by emphasizing the point of views of the different regional actors involved. First, different intermediary organisations explained their role in the RIS3 implementation. The coordination of the Economic Developer Network of the Centre-Val de Loire is a good illustration of how the whole economic development support ecosystem support can be involved in the RIS3, through relevant coordination. Then, two other organisation both related to one of the Centre-Val de Loire specialisation domains (that is environmental metrology and engineering) illustrated their role in the RIS3 implementation too.

The third session was dedicated to the public managers’ point of view, through the management of the ERDF OP in close partnership with the different units of the region. The focus was on an instrument dedicated to the support of the regional research but oriented to the industrial and entrepreneurial challenges, and needs of the “Ambition 2020” program.

Finally, the partners worked on an interactive way by using a white table tool. Through different brainstorming exercises, they addressed the challenge “How to broaden and dispurse innovation towards less innovation aware SMEs or those in the less developed area?”. By this way, they shared their experiences and good practices and proposed solutions to help Centre-Val de Loire to encounter this issue.

*RIS3 – Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization
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