Started in 2001 as an informal network, ERRIN is a well-established Brussels-based platform of more than 130 regional stakeholder organisations from 24 European countries, most of whom are represented by their Brussels offices. Our Members are mainly regional authorities, universities, research organisations, chambers of commerce and clusters. They drive the agenda and the priorities of the whole network by taking an active role within the Working Groups or in the Management Board.
Through our 13 Working Groups, ERRIN works with research and innovation in a very comprehensive way, promoting triple and quadruple helix cooperation approaches and the importance of regional innovation ecosystems.
Bringing a place-based perspective
ERRIN brings a bottom-up place-based perspective to European research and innovation policy and funding programmes. Through our member-driven working groups ERRIN strengthens EU policy development via the promotion of a regional innovation ecosystems approach and Smart Specialisation.
Making connections and facilitating EU engagement
ERRIN builds close, informal relationships between member regions, EU institutions, and other partners and works as a bridge between them. We facilitate access to people, knowledge, and ideas and encourage members to pool resources to more effectively respond to these opportunities.
Increasing project opportunities for members
ERRIN supports regional collaboration and project development by providing networking opportunities for members to share project ideas, best practices, and personal contacts. We develop and participate in projects that further members’ and the wider network’s interests.
Positioning regional interests in the research and innovation landscape
ERRIN supports EU policy development through the promotion of regional experience and expertise. We create platforms and participate in events to share members’ knowledge, further ERRIN’s reputation, and enhance the understanding of regional perspectives. This activity is essential to successful delivery of the other ERRIN missions.