A regional and local perspective – why place-based innovation ecosystems are important

To achieve and maximise impact of EU programmes related to research and innovation, regional and local innovation ecosystems are crucial. Innovation takes place in a precise location and there are specific local conditions which make such innovation ecosystems flourish.

A wide range of stakeholders – academia, industry, the public sector, and civil society – need to be involved in collaborative projects. Ecosystems bring together stakeholders from different sectors and with different skills to improve the sourcing of new knowledge, allow for the development of more relevant products and services, and to provide space for the testing of new technologies to build acceptance.

Our expertise lies in the close collaboration with our members and in our ability to provide concrete input based on experience and expertise.

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ERRIN contribution the Horizon Europe strategic planning process

The present contribution to the Horizon Europe strategic planning process is based on input from our members and especially from our Working Group leaders in the respective thematic clusters. The work has been coordinated by a dedicated taskforce in our Policy Working Group.

Our position


Blue building

In short we advocate for:


A collaborative approach

To fundamentally change the way that local and regional actors work together in the quadruple helix model focusing on the wider regional development agenda and ecosystem thinking.

A coherent approach

To increase the impact of research and innovation policy and programmes, place-based innovation ecosystems should be part of Horizon Europe to better coordinate research and innovation priorities, practices, and funding at all governance levels.

A complementary approach

There should be complementarities between Horizon Europe and other EU programmes such as ERDF, Digital Europe, and Creative Europe.

Horizon Europe - place-based innovation ecosystems

Our short policy paper outlining the importance of place-based innovation ecosystems in the next framework programme for research and innovation.

Our Policy Work

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

Joint message on Interregional Innovation Investments

As the MFF 2021-2027 negotiations are coming to a crucial point, we, as key European regions, interregional smart specialisation partnerships and other innovation stakeholders, would like to raise your attention to the new instrument proposed by the European Commission.

  • By Hilary Webb

Managing authorities and intermediate bodies to participate in pilot action on engaging citizens with cohesion policy

DG Regio has launched a call for expressions of interest for managing authorities and intermediate bodies of Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund programmes wishing to explore closer cooperation with citizens in the implementation of cohesion policy.

  • By Anna Tranberg

European Innovation Ecosystems in Horizon Europe pillar III

Ecosystem thinking based on collaboration between a range of stakeholders – academia, industry, different levels of the public sector, and civil society – is an approach that ERRIN is actively advocating for in the Horizon Europe programme. Connecting ecosystems across Europe would provide the possibility to access complementary skills, infrastructure, and markets, and collaborating ecosystems can form alliances to confront and overcome various challenges that both European society and regions face.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

The European Green Deal – how does it impact research and innovation at the regional level?

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented on 11 December the European Green Deal, a plan to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

Adequate funding is needed to ensure wide support for regional and local actors in research and innovation

On 5 December the Finnish Presidency published a proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027), which will be the basis for the discussions and negotiations in the European Council starting today. ERRIN has looked at the proposed budget – referred to as the Negotiating Box – to highlight the financial commitments that may soon be made for research and innovation and how they compare with the current MFF (2014-2020).

  • By Hilary Webb

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

The European Commission presents its European Green Deal ahead of a debate in the European Parliament.