Driving the innovation process by connecting regional knowledge bases to local needs

Mena Jara, Sonia and Meijer, Ingeborg and Heimeriks, Gaston and Willemse, Tim (2022) Driving the innovation process by connecting regional knowledge bases to local needs. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (53). pp. 69-76. ISSN 1726-6629

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Abstract (english)

Novel approaches are needed to support the creation of more open, inclusive, and self-sustaining R&I ecosystems in healthcare. This study analysed 3 European regions (Murcia ES), (Örebro SE), and (Republic of Cyprus CY), incorporating complementary approaches from Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3). The exercise entailed the identification of healthcare and innovation stakeholders and the characterisation of the policy landscape in each territory. Moreover, the strengths of the regional knowledge base was analysed by measuring the Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) indicator based on relatedness measurement, and by using micro-level fields analyses of scientific publications. This methodology allowed us to identify the fields and topics (strengths) that provide opportunities for innovation processes. Additional identification of social needs in the three territories showed profound differences regarding the alignment of the selected needs with respect to the regions’ capabilities. The results suggest that a timely direct interaction with territorial stakeholders can help in selecting the most promising innovation priorities that are based on local needs and knowledge. The process of interaction requires early engagement to support territorial ownership and is further reinforced by RRI policies in place.

Subjects: Policy, Fields & Systems Evaluation
Studies on Evaluation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wissensdatenbank, regionale Innovation, Smart Specialisation
Identification Number: 10.22163/fteval.2022.543
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 18:38
URI: http://repository.fteval.at/id/eprint/603

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