IKTIMED

IKTIMED-INCREASING KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND INNOVATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA

Project period

01-04-2010 till 29-03-2013

Partnership members

  1. Marche Region – Innovation Dept. – Italy
  2. Toulon Var Technologies (TVT) – France
  3. University of the Algarve (UALG) – Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Transfer Division (CRIA) – Portugal
  4. Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit – Malta
  5. Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) – Cyprus
  6. Patras Science Park – Greece
  7. University of Maribor Science Park – Slovenia
  8. Andalusian Institute of Technology – Spain
  9. UAB Research Park – Spain
  10. Ancona Chamber of Commerce – Italy
  11. Venetian Cluster for Cultural Heritage – Italy
  12. Region Central Macedonia – Greece
  13. University of Western Greece – Greece

 

Website

www.iktimed.eu

 

Project description

IKTIMED strives to strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises of the MED area by means of a public-private model of collaboration aimed at supporting their innovation capacity through the dissemination of technologies and innovative know-how. IKTIMED was conceived to identify the best practices which support innovation, and to set up new tools for a more efficient co-operation between the public-private sector and the research world. The latter includes Knowledge Innovation Communities and Trans-European Networks composed of research centres, universities and clusters. SME’s and Universities are called upon to play a crucial role in this new scenario. The project’s innovative content consists in its capacity to detect these new inputs and apply them at a trans-national level.

IKTIMED project focuses on four main topics which are smart specialisation, public procurement, open innovation and knowledge and innovation communities (KICs).

Two specific objectives of this project are to set up an open and efficient collaboration system, for regional authorities to sustain innovation through a trans-national certified system of innovation supply. Apart from this, the project aims to develop joint schemes of collaboration among public sector, research centres and private sector, promoting a business model based on a public private regional economic development partnership and focuses on setting up trans-national knowledge communities. The main activities and results are guidelines for regional authorities to sustain open innovation, tools to manage knowledge exploitation and a pilot action to apply the certifying systems for innovation providers.

Up till now a Comparative analysis of the regional policies on innovation was set up by all partners together with a detailed paper on Smart Specialisation. This paper aims to define and propose a network among all partners territories of all MED Countires, to distinguish between leader regions that master the technological frontier, follower regions that are able to catch up to a leader region and laggards who struggle to build up absorptive capacities to apply advanced technologies. Smart specialisation is expected to create more diversity among regions than a regime in which each region tries to create more or less the same strenghts in an imitative manner.

Apart from this a short report on Legal Topics on Transnational Groups was also drawn up which focused on existing clusters and best practices in each participating country and how legal topics can be set up especially where there is none.

 

Publications

Project leaflet

Comparative analysis of the regional policies on innovation

Eu best practices in communities management

Smart Specialisation Paper

Legal Topics on Trasnational Groups

Thematic Areas

SMART SPECIALITION

Smart specilization strategy is built on regional strengths and comparative advantages as well as on possible cooperation among territories. Leading regions with a critical mass can invest in advancing a generic “basic” technology (at the frontier of knowledge). Other regions can invest in the application of this knowledge to a particular sector or related sectors.

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Public institutions can became enabler of open innovation by promoting new practices in its procurement strategies. Policy attention focuses more on the suppy side of innovation and less on building market demand for innovation through public procurement for innovative products and services. Procurement as part of policy mix for addressing innovation cases.

OPEN INNOVATION

Open innovation is a more dynamic model in whic companies look both inside-in and outside-out. Innovation is based on knowledge asset outside the companies and co-operation is a way to source knowledge in order to generate new ideas and bring them quickly to market. Open Innovation means that companies should make much greater use of external ideas and technologies.

KNOWLEDGE COMMUNITIES

Project activities are based on the identification and implementation of common trans-national methods and web platforms, in order to have a trans-national impact and contributing to remove bottlenecks in the diffusion and application of innovation and access to RTD results. Main goal of the project is to sustain  innovation through a trans-national certified system of innovation supply.

KNOWLEDGE DATABASE

Project activities are based on the identification and implementation of common trans-national methods and web platforms, in order to have a trans-national impact and contributing to remove bottlenecks in the diffusion and application of innovation and access to RTD results. Main goal of the project is to sustain  innovation through a trans-national certified system of innovation supply.