Smart-up BSR project supports the implementation of smart specialisation strategies

The Smart-up BSR Project (Improving smart specialisation implementation through orchestrating innovation hubs) promotes the regional implementation of strategies for smart specialisation, and enhances the cooperation between regions.

Regions from nine different countries evaluate their strategies for smart specialisation and update their implementation plans. The project is carried out trough peer learning, innovation camps and pilot experiments.

The project utilizes the smart specialisation expertise of EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and the European Committee of the Regions. The project also develops different methods for participation and cooperation and prepares for pilot projects conducted in cooperation between the regions.

The pilot projects focus on the following themes:
•    active healthy ageing
•    smart city
•    climate change
•    circular and sharing economy

The project’s main partner is the Aalto University. Another Finnish project partner is the Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company Cursor Oy. Furthermore, the project involves partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Russia.

Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is responsible for SWOT analyses and scenarios concerning smart specialisation. Uusimaa Region is also in charge of planning a pilot project between the regions on the theme of active healthy ageing, and of arranging a final conference.

The Smart-up BSR Project has a total budget of 2.4 million euros, receiving co-funding from the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Programme. The project is carried out between 2017 and 2020.