Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Innovation & Investment Working Group.

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen

Leader

Wim De Kinderen

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Siri Raahede Bentzen

Leader

Siri Raahede Bentzen

South Denmark

Loles Vidal

Leader

Loles Vidal

Generalitat Valenciana

Innovation & Investment

The Innovation & Investment Working Group aims to monitor the main initiatives put in place by the European institutions under the priority ‘an economy that works for the people’ and more specifically targeting SMEs. The Working Group monitors developments in the areas of industrial and cluster policy and promotes instruments that support innovative financing (e.g., cascade funding, financial instruments) and innovation in procurement. With a view to foster and facilitate entrepreneurship, the WG takes a broad perspective in innovation, including social innovation and the development of new business models within the framework of social economy.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Smart Specialisation WG: I3 Project Development Session

Smart Specialisation WG: I3 Project Development Session

Ewa Chomicz

The Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) Instrument aims at supporting interregional innovation projects in their commercialisation and scale-up phases giving them the tools to overcome

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Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG Meeting: Tourism Transition Pathway

Francesca Pozzebon

This meeting on the Transition Pathway for Tourism echoes the co-creation process with stakeholders, in which ERRIN and some member regions were directly involved. The overall objective of the info

Smart Specialisation WG coffee meeting: I3, and now what?

Smart Specialisation WG coffee meeting: I3, and now what?

Etienne Rodzinka-Verhelle

Since 23 November, the first calls of the new Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Instrument have been open. I3, formerly known as Component 5, is a new programme funded under ERDF that aims to

WG Related Events

WG Related Events

ICRI 2022: International conference on research infrastructures

One of the major events of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU - International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2022) - will take place from 19-21 October in Brno, Czech Republic. The ICRI 2022 onsite attendance is by invitation only, but participation online is possible for everyone.

IMET 2022 - 2nd International Conference on Interactive Media, Smart Systems & Emerging Technologies

IMET is the flagship conference of CYENS Centre of Excellence (http://www.cyens.org.cy). CYENS constitutes a centre of excellence and a joint venture between the three public universities of Cyprus (University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology and Open University of Cyprus), the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and University College London (UK)

European Research and Innovation Days 2022

The European Research and Innovation Days (RiDaysEU) is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event. This year’s edition will take place online on 28 – 29 September.

European Innovation Campus

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis and Côte d'Azur University are delighted to invite you to the first edition of the European Innovation Campus, 14th & 15th september 2022, in Nice, France, with Commissionner Mariya Gabriel's presence.

Czech Presidency Conference on Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe

As one of the first events in its programme, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU will organise a flagship conference "Synergies in the Research and Innovation Funding in Europe" on 7-8 July 2022 in Prague. The conference shall be held as a physical event, but following web streaming will be available. Pre-registration is obligatory.

ERRIN Spring Annual General Meeting 2022

ERRIN's Spring Annual General Meeting will be held this year on 23 June at 15:00-17:30 CEST followed by a networking cocktail from 18:00 CEST. In addition to discussing formal issues and offering an opportunity to network, the event will feature debates around the new European Innovation Agenda.

WG Documents

WG Documents

ERRIN input paper on the Implementation Report of the European Innovation Council

ERRIN's input paper on the Implementation Report on the European Innovation Council brings together the first comments and recommendations received from the various stakeholders from ERRIN members.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

AMULET open call for cascade funding for SMEs

The H2020-INNOSUP-1 project AMULET opened a first open call for cascade funding for SMEs. The deadline has now been extended to 20 July.

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor (deadline: 29 July)

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor to join its Secretariat! The successful candidate will work to ensure the delivery of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by taking part in the activities of the NetZeroCities project. The deadline to apply is 29 July.

The new European Innovation Agenda unveiled

On 5 July, the European Commission adopted the new European Innovation Agenda with the aim of positioning Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. The document, to which ERRIN submitted input in May this year, sets out 25 dedicated actions under five flagships, including on European Innovation Ecosystems.

Marine litter and pollution – Smart and low environmental impact fishing gears

Challenge: This project addresses the challenges occurring from marine pollution caused by waste from fishing activities, in line with among others the Single Use Plastic Directive and the Port Reception Facilities Directive. The reduction of the marine pollution and preservation of marine fauna have high attention from the Commission where marine habitats, including seabed suffer negative effects e.g. from lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. This project will contribute to the implementation of EU legislation, e.g.: the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic…

Call for Expression of Interest - 'Clusters meet Regions' workshops

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform launched a Call of Expression of Interest to select the national/regional authorities and clusters organisations to run 13 European ‘Clusters meet Regions’ workshops in the second half of 2022 and throughout 2023. The first deadline for making an application is 29 July 2022, at 18:00 CEST. 

ERRIN messages for Horizon Europe WIDERA Work Programme 2023-2024

As the Horizon Europe Work Programming for 2023-2024 is currently underway, ERRIN is pleased to share its messages and recommendations on the Horizon Europe WIDERA Work Programme for the coming period.

Latest Updates

  • By Gianpiero Petruzziello

AMULET open call for cascade funding for SMEs

The H2020-INNOSUP-1 project AMULET opened a first open call for cascade funding for SMEs. The deadline has now been extended to 20 July.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

The new European Innovation Agenda unveiled

On 5 July, the European Commission adopted the new European Innovation Agenda with the aim of positioning Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. The document, to which ERRIN submitted input in May this year, sets out 25 dedicated actions under five flagships, including on European Innovation Ecosystems.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor (deadline: 29 July)

ERRIN is looking for a Climate Neutral Cities Advisor to join its Secretariat! The successful candidate will work to ensure the delivery of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by taking part in the activities of the NetZeroCities project. The deadline to apply is 29 July.

  • By Rodolphe Doité

ERRIN input paper on the Implementation Report of the European Innovation Council

ERRIN's input paper on the Implementation Report on the European Innovation Council brings together the first comments and recommendations received from the various stakeholders from ERRIN members.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

Invitation to express interest in attending ICRI 2022

From 19-21 October in Brno, the ICRI 2022: International Conference on Research Infrastructures will take place. As the ICRI 2022 onsite attendance is by invitation only, ERRIN invites network members who would like to participate in the conference in person to send an email with an expression of interest by 11 July 2022.

  • By Jacob Munch

Marine litter and pollution – Smart and low environmental impact fishing gears

Challenge: This project addresses the challenges occurring from marine pollution caused by waste from fishing activities, in line with among others the Single Use Plastic Directive and the Port Reception Facilities Directive. The reduction of the marine pollution and preservation of marine fauna have high attention from the Commission where marine habitats, including seabed suffer negative effects e.g. from lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. This project will contribute to the implementation of EU legislation, e.g.: the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Directive 2019/904)31 As a leading manufacturer and innovator of marine fishing gear, Cosmos Trawl located in Hirtshals, Denmark and owned by Iceland based Hampidjan, is an important player in the fishing industry. The company is well-known for its unique facilities. They supply high-quality fishing gear for the sea-going fishing, and fish farm net cages of any type and strive to be the world’s best supplier of efficient, modern fishing gear. This include an increasing focus on circularity where collected waste materials from production is recycled into new plastic granulates and thereby new fishing gear. Furthermore, the company has recently increased its collection of used ghost fishing gears with the ambition to recycle as much as possible.