Smart Specialisation is a relatively new approach to regional innovation which is receiving much attention from policy makers. During the period 2014-2020 it forms a foundation of EU cohesion policy and so influences spending and approaches in stimulating research and innovation activity. The aim of the SmartSpec project is to explore the underlying theoretical basis of the smart specialization concept in different settings and to deepen our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the approach.
This project is funded by the European Union under the FP7 Cooperation Programme:
Social Sciences and the Humanities - Grant number 320131.
Further information on the EU FP7 programme can be found at EU webpage -
FP7: the future of European Union research policy.