MEUPOLE Method for the emergence of Collaborative RTDI Projects in key regional priority sectors
Topic of the practice
Research Technology Development and Innovation. Support to SMEs.
Good Practice Information
MEUPOLE is an innovative method experimented on the framework of EUROINNOVA-NAVARRA, Navarra’s second regional programme of innovative actions, co-funded by ERDF from 2006 to 2008 (www.euroinnova-navarra.eu).
It aimed at the mobilization of regional S&T and business sector for the identification and support of Collaborative RTDI Projects on 3 target sectors (Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Renewable Energies fields).
Promoted by the regional government it relied on the co-ordination conducted by the Navarra Innovation Agency (ANAIN), and the agency of 5 RTOs experts on target sectors, acting as Driving Agents. Initiative was open to all public and private S&T and companies operating on the region. Dynamisation of the initiative had a total budget of 429,240 € (50% funded by ERDF and 50% by regional funds).
On the basis of a SWOT analysis on regional capabilities and of a regional supply and demand profile on target sectors, sector based working tables were held where S&T and companies freely proposed collaborative RTDI project proposals.
A consolidation and merger of coincident or supplementary ideas for collaborative projects was conducted by ANAIN and Driving Agents following a combination of an open method of coordination and results oriented meetings. Merge proposals were well received by proponents. Resulting RTDI collaborative projects got access to more flexible and swift funding, both on financing rates and on submission procedures. A simple method summarizing the whole process with Good Practices and Lessons Learnt is available. Method focused on the emergence of RTDI Integrated Projects on 3 target sectors, but it can be applied to any sector.
Evidence of success
76 ideas for Integrated Projects submitted by Stakeholders.
9 Integrated Projects agreed: Bio Field: 1. Functional Foods: R&D health-promoting properties of natural foods. 2. Evidence: research on biotechnological compounds. Nano field: 3. Nanocons: Nanostructured coatings and materials for the construction industry. 4. Nanofillers: Functionalised nanofillers for plastic moulding dies. 5. Nanofluid: Inkjet deposition of functional materials. 6. Nanosens: Nanosensors development for the construction, agri-food and pharmacy fields. Renewable Energies field: 7. Industrialization of low-cost environmentally friendly housing. 8. Bioethanol production from forestry waste. 9. Wood crops for energy-producing biomass.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Rafael Muguerza Eraso
Innovation and Information Society Service, Navarra Government
Annex completed on: 03-07-2011