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R4R – Regions for Research – “Moving Innovation Forward”


R4R – Regions for Research

Topic: “Moving Innovation Forward”
Organizing Committee: R4R – Regions for Research
Media Partner: The Future Leadership Institute*
(*Between 2007 and 2011 the Institute carried temporarily the name ‘The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute”)
11 December 2008 | Networking Table | Sofitel, Brussels

Project No FP6-042981
Instrument: Coordination Action
Thematic Priority: FP6-2005-RTD-OMC-NET
Period covered: from 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2008 Date of preparation: 09/02/2009
Start date of project: 01/01/2007 Duration: 24 months
Project coordinator name: Luis Ballester
Project coordinator organisation name: Stockholm Region
R4R Publishable Final Activity Report 01/01/07 to 31/12/08
• Contract number: FP6-042981
• Project Acronym: R4R
• Beginning date: 01/01/2007
• End date: 31/12/2008
• Coordinator contact details:
o Stockholm Region
o Av. Cortenbergh, 52
o 1000 Brussels
o Contact: Luis Ballester,
• Full list of contractors:
Participant name Short name Country
Stockholm Region STOK Sweden
Jozef Stefan Institute JSI Slovenia
Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation FCRI Spain
Provincie Noord-Brabant PNB The Netherlands
Veneto Region REGVEN Italy
Veneto Innovazione VenInn Italy
Mazovia Region MR Poland
Flemish Government, Department of Economy,
Science & Innovation
Sofia SM Bulgaria
Project website:
Project logotype:
R4R Publishable Final Activity Report 01/01/07 to 31/12/08
The Project
R4R aims to build up expertise in the public administrations in order to improve the
current practice in designing, implementing and monitoring Knowledge Transfer
systems in the partner countries or regions. The overriding strategic objective of R4R
is therefore to gain a better understanding between the applied Knowledge Transfer
system compared to the real needs of the local actors and abroad. From the
knowledge of this excercise good practice and conditions for transferability will be
identified while dissemination activities towards the stakeholders are planned in the
partner countries/regions.
In order to carry this purpose, the project addresses the following specific tasks:
• Build a common toolkit for the identification, description, analysis and
categorisation of good practices in Knowledge Transfer of R&D.
• Identify and describe good practices in the different partner regions.
• Analyse weak and strong points, success factors and transferability conditions
• Turn individual good practices into models and build transferability scenarios for
the adoption of the models among the partner regions.
• Implement transfer processes of selected good practices between the partner
regions and assess the results.
• Offer recommendations to RTD policy makers and R&D stakeholders through
dissemination activities at EU level
• Consolidate the circulation of the mechanism of good practice transfer through the
promotion of a network of regions interested in experience sharing beyond the
timeframe of the project.
The project is set against a background of EU fragmented rules and policies in the
area of research collaboration and knowledge transfer between Public Research
Organisations and industry. Although a number of Member States and Regions have
done valuable work in this area, they do so from a local perspective, stopping at
regional/national boundaries.
This means that the EU currently displays a patchwork of national and regional
research and innovation systems adapted to the varying local situations and
innovation systems. Development of coherent and mutually supportive policies by the
regions, Member States and European institutions is essential for strengthening the
European Research and Innovation Area and for implementing the new Lisbon
partnership for higher and sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs.
Research and innovation policies are one of the key areas of the revised Lisbon
Strategy. There is a need for further policy learning and for assessing good practices
in support of research and innovation with regard to their transferability and methods
of implementation, taking into account regional and national specificities. The
proposed work within the R4R project goes into this direction and fully matches the
overall European policies on research at regional level. By achieving its stated
objectives, R4R will address this set of problems and contribute therefore to the state
of the art in this area.
In order to achieve the stated objectives, R4R is structured into seven main tasks or
R4R Publishable Final Activity Report 01/01/07 to 31/12/08
The results
The results of the project are:
• A set of Methodological Guidelines designed and implemented into a common
Data Collection and Analysis Toolkit. The Toolkit includes a Data Collection
Template, based on the CREST questionnaire, and a Knowledge Transfer
Assessment Matrix.
• 26 Best Practices in R&D Knowledge Transfer from the 8 partner Regions have
been identified and documented through the Data Collection Template and have
been organised into a Knowledge Transfer Assessment Matrix that shows both a
global overview and their particularities, providing a first insight into the key facts and
figures, mission, activities and mechanisms.
• The Best Practices have been clustered into a Cross-Categorisation matrix. The
Categories have been extracted from CREST (Organisational initiatives, Fostering
linkages and Stimulating private sector participation).
• A list of Success Factors and Transferability Criteria has been produced for each
CREST category.
• A detailed analysis has been carried of the Critical Success Factors of the Best
Practices with the purpose of understanding which cases can eventually be adopted
like models in other specific contexts
• A proposal about Knowledge Transfer Models as a foundation of the
transferability scenarios to be applied in the following Best Practices transfer
processes has been delivered
• Six different transfer processes of Best Practices in Knowledge Transfer have
been initiated and are still alive in this moment. All of the partners have pledged to
R4R Publishable Final Activity Report 01/01/07 to 31/12/08
continue with these processes, which have reached diverse maturity levels, and in
one of the processes its three actors (Jozef Stefan Institute from Slovenia, Veneto
Innovazione and Veneto Nanotech) have signed a formal Letter of Intent.
• A set of Reports on transferability based on the experiences of the transfer
processes have been delivered
• Six Transregional Workshops have been held during 2008 in order to
communicate experiences and results to Observers from other EU Regions
• Project partners have attended more than 25 external events for dissemination
• A hard-cover Final Publication has been printed and distributed including a
summary of the project development and a Catalogue of 28 Best Practices in
Knowledge Transfer provided by Partners and Observers
• A Final Conference with 110 participants(regional policymakers, EC officers and
R&D experts and stakeholders) was held in Brussels on December 11, 2008, in
coincidence with the Stockholm Region Annual Nobel Lunch.
• Experiences and public deliverables are available at the R4R website: .
The next steps
The overall rationale of R4R is to constitute a large and acknowledged platform for
the elaboration of models and proposals to enhance the OMC and the uptake of
models generated by OMC initiatives. To this effect, an Action Plan has been
proposed aiming at consolidating the results of the R4R project and identifying
actions for the future according to the needs expressed by European regions
• The R4R website will be maintained at least during the
period 2009-2010
• The R4R Secretariat will also be maintained,
physically located at the Stockholm region office in Brussels, as a one-stop shop for
EU regions looking for information, advice and support about good practices in
knowledge transfer
• R4R will provide, through the Secretariat and with the support of the partner
regions, advice and mentoring about the use of the R4R methodology and toolkit.
• The R4R Catalogue of Good Practices will be maintained and updated
• The six transfer processes ongoing at the moment of the project’s administrative
end will continue active and the partners will report about their progress to the
• Several dissemination activities are scheduled during 2009. In particular, a
workshop about Knowledge Transfer management will be held in the framework of
the EuroCities General Assembly to be held in Stockholm on November 2009.

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