A cura di MIUR - Direzione Generale per il coordinamento la promozione e la valorizzazione della ricerca

The first two phases of the project S3

The project represents the third phase of a project cycle that DPS begun in 2008, as a part of the National Operating Program Governance and Technical Assistance, for the 2007-2013 National Strategic Framework, focused on supporting research and innovation policies of the Regions. It envisages:

Accompanying the implementation of the NSF - Axis research (2008-2009)

In 2008-2009, DPS developed, with the support of Invitalia, the project "Supporting the implementation of the National Strategic Framework - Axis research", the order to support Government intervention in this field as an effective lever for development. The book "Better policies for research and innovation of the Regions" encompasses analyses and proposals developed by a group of experts in collaboration with the numerous regional representatives taking active part in the activities.

Policy support for research and innovation of the Regions (2010-2011)

DPS gave continuity carrying out the project "Support for research and innovation policies of the Regions", in partnership with the Agency for the diffusion of technology innovation. The project aimed at gathering and organizing information about the processes followed by regional Governments to fund research, so as to identify and overcome potential harms and suggest paths for innovation and improvement. The project involved the set up of six working groups, led by experts, on crucial issues for the management of policies, analyzing main obstacles, collecting best experiences, and identifying appropriate organizational and procedural solutions.

The first group (Technology Foresight at the regional level) was devoted to the procedures by which regional administrations identify the areas of technology and research on which to invest, with the aim of guiding regions to implement more reliable ”state of the art” methods and to foster collaboration in more complex and expensive cases.

The second (Mapping) and the third group (Project selection) focused on the processes used by regions to select beneficiaries of funding. The work of the two groups, based on a survey at a national scale, showed the time laps between the publication of the notice and the effective use of resources by the beneficiaries: long timeframes tend to frustrate innovative effort ideas to be funded. For this reason, the project aimed at redesigning and accelerating the processes of public calls, sharing with the departments involved, solutions adopted by most virtuous Regions and stimulating them, for example, to introduce in some delicate phases ICT tools.

The fourth group (Multi-stage notices and public procurement) was inspired by the idea that the orders of the Public Administration (PA) can be drivers of innovation for businesses: in some cases, the latter produce innovative ideas and products in order to respond to the needs of PA. The work of this group aimed at improving the capacity of Government departments in identifying their needs for innovation so to design, then, better focused calls and to address businesses able to transform over time the prototypal results into real innovation of products and services.

The fifth and sixth groups entangled  two issues related to the evaluation of research and innovation policies: in the first case (Intermediate indicators) the evaluation of the intermediaries subjects (such as the poles and incubators, created by the government to manage the processes of regional innovation) was the object of the discussion; in the second case (Impact assessment) the discussion was centered on methods available to the Regional governments to evaluate the effectiveness of funding for businesses and for the economies of the different territories.

The interest shown by the regional administrations highlighted the opportunity to continue to propose technical support in the planning and implementation of policies for research and innovation for the period 2014-2020 with the ongoing project "Support to the definition and implementation of regional research and innovation policies (Smart Specialisation Strategy)".