Summary of the project
R&D Industry builds upon the Lisbon objectives and focuses on strengthening innovation capacities in the Mediterranean area. The partnership includes 5 partners from 5 countries. According to the European Innovation Scoreboard 2008 (which presented four categories: 'innovation leaders', 'innovation followers', 'moderate innovators' and 'catching-up countries'), France is an 'innovation follower', Slovenia, Spain, Greece and Italy are 'moderate innovators'. The guidelines suggest that while enhancing the efficiency of the mentioned countries, the output performance may be improved without having to invest more in innovation inputs. The project thus engages university R&D as the input to be exploited.
Objectives of the project
The real impact is expected in greater success at application of technologies and knowledge in economic practice, more
consistent organization and transparency of R&D work at universities and greater success at national and international R&D
project applications. The investments in R&D of SMEs in the regions involved will rise. The project aims at persuading
regional authorities to lay more emphasis on technology transfer methods and research management. The activity of contacting
certain number of companies each year should be supported and financed by governance system after the project's