The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) applies interregional policy learning and exchange of experiences on important aspects of the regional innovation ecosystems, focusing on the field of advanced materials.
P2L2’s main aim is to improve policy instruments by
- supporting innovation ecosystems of advanced materials;
- supporting the implementation and evaluation of the Smart specialization strategies (RIS3);
- coordinating regional policies between sectors to facilitate a real innovation ecosystem beyond administrative regional boundaries.
The project runs from April 2016 to March 2020. During this time partners will have the opportunity to exchange, compare, and learn from each other how to improve their relevant policy instruments. After 2 years of policy learning and exchange, each region will prepare an action plan with the main action to be implemented at the regional level and monitored during the last 2 years.
P2L2 goes beyond traditional ‘good practice sharing’. Results will not only improve policy instruments for increasing growth and innovation rates. The project will also deliver a “limited mapping” tool and add value by aligning S3 strategies within one field – that of advanced materials – between different regions to identify overlaps, gaps, complementarity and opportunities for European collaboration.
The Participant Regions
The State of Bremen (Germany) has several policy tools for fostering research, development, and innovation in regional enterprises. This project focuses on EcoMat – a center for eco-efficient materials & technology that involves actors from industry such as Airbus and research.
The Podkarpackie Province is a region with a strong regional focus on Aviation and Defence industries. Their policy tool aims at constantly involving stakeholders into policy framing, creating medium-term strategies, identifying business and scientific fields of excellence, and developing cooperation projects.
The Piemonte region in Italy focuses on establishing advanced materials as key enabling technology across a wide range of industries. Promoting advanced materials as a cross-sectional element of different production processes would boost innovation potential.
The Aquitaine region (France) focuses on the field of chemistry for developing the competitiveness of the advanced materials. Their aim is to check whether their strategy is sound in terms of creating an innovation ecosystem, industrializing businesses, and demonstrating the cross-cutting capacity with other specialization areas.
Denmark pursues its own Cluster and Network Strategy. This strategy is an attempt to integrate innovation networks at both the national and regional levels, thus creating an effective framework for knowledge sharing and growth in the networks while optimizing the delegation and coordination of tasks among the involved public bodies.
Lithuania presents its Innovoucher LT policy instrument. The aim of the instrument is to encourage business-science cooperation by providing SMEs with a voucher to perform R&D activities with research institutions. Innovouchers are one of the supportive services in the field of Lithuanian advanced materials sector.