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Enhancing the framework for innovation


Targeted and efficient organisational, financial, legal and administrative framework conditions for innovation are essential to the economic competitiveness of Central Europe. There is a clear link between the ability of a region/country to generate new knowledge and its innovation framework conditions such as investment in RTD, cooperation on innovation between knowledge institutions and the private sector and general market conditions. The improvement of innovation framework condition is a major challenge for Central Europe as illustrated, for example, by the relatively low RTD expenditure and the low cluster participation in rural/non-urban areas.

Specific Objectives

The aim of the Area of Intervention is to improve organisational, financial, legal and administrative framework conditions for innovation and the generation and application of knowledge through mutual learning processes, know-how transfer and capacity building. This will lead to more effective institutional settings as essential hubs for recognising, fostering and managing innovation, it will also lead to an increase in the capacity and effectiveness of other key players including RTD facilities, SMEs (and clusters thereof) and
technology transfer institutions.

Please note: This Area of Intervention deals predominately with framework conditions for the generation of knowledge and the development of new technologies. Framework conditions for the diffusion and application of knowledge in new products, processes and services is the main focus of Area of Intervention 1.2.


  • Setting up exchange and coordination mechanisms for innovation approaches and policies across Central Europe between key players of the innovation system (regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, universities, research institutions, small and medium sized enterprises etc.), e.g. through foresight initiatives
  • Supporting the establishment and development of transnational clusters
    in key competence areas
  • Setting up links between public authorities and financing institutions to
    develop capacity in financial engineering (funding schemes, venture
    capital etc.) for innovation across the cooperation space
  • Implementing transnational cooperation between public and private
    (regional) players in innovation
  • Creating and strengthening institutions for technology transfer with a
    specific view to transnational transfer approaches and intellectual
    property right practices
  • Fostering policies to support easy access to and link between R&TD
  • Other contents in line with the objectives of the Area of Intervention