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Research and Technology Organisations and Smart Specialisation

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Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) have developed in many European countries at both national and regional levels to assist in the support of local industry, often around specific industrial technologies or sectors. With a core responsibility for technological upgrading they play a key role in regional and national innovation systems. Yet there is great variety in the form and mission of such RTOs, especially in terms of the degree of regional alignment, and whilst some regions are relatively well endowed with multiple RTOs, others are reliant on national RTOs in other regions or even other countries. These geographical challenges are also compounded by changes in the funding of RTOs with a shift to greater reliance on non-government funding and the search for funds from international sources such as global firms or Horizon 2020 projects. So whilst regions may see RTOs as critical regional assets, the RTOs may have a more nuanced attitude as their client base extends beyond national boundaries and they search for new sources of revenue. RTOs have an important role to play in smart specialisation (S3) though and three specific roles have been identified here. First, many RTOs have a policy role and have capabilities to identify industry needs and technological opportunities as a key input into the entrepreneurial discovery process. Second, RTOs, as increasingly international organisations, can facilitate the access to global knowledge for regional firms through their networks and research collaborations. Third RTOs often have a central role in the development of particular cluster groupings through their specialisation around core technologies, and as such can be a central player in the development of such clusters. But all three of these roles involve potential challenges and difficulties as the interests of the RTOs do not necessarily align with the needs of the region. The case studies in this report on RTOs in Spain, Finland, Italy, and the UK illustrate the variety of RTOs and the complexities of their relationships with regional hosts, but also some of the initiatives that are developing to support smart specialisation.

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  • David CHARLES & Katerina CIAMPI STANCOVA, 2015. "Research and Technology Organisations and Smart Specialisation," JRC Working Papers JRC97781, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc97781
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    1. Javier Gomez Prieto & Patrice dos Santos, 2017. "Smart Specialisation in EU and Chile, challenges and opportunities. Towards a transcontinental policy learning dialogue methodology," JRC Working Papers JRC106872, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    2. Mariusz Sołtysik & Maria Urbaniec & Magdalena Wojnarowska, 2019. "Innovation for Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Empirical Evidence from the Bioeconomy Sector in Poland," Administrative Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(3), pages 1-21, July.
    3. Thomas Zacharewicz & Luis Sanz Menendez & Koen Jonkers, 2017. "The Internationalisation of Research and Technology Organisations," JRC Working Papers JRC105499, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    4. Alessio CAVICCHI & Katerina CIAMPI STANCOVA, 2016. "Food and gastronomy as elements of regional innovation strategies," JRC Working Papers JRC99987, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).

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    smart specialisation; research and technology organisations; regional innovation; research and innovation;

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