Useful Resources

Here we try to keep an occasionally updated list of resources that readers might find useful, interesting, or both.

Smart Specialisation Platform (European Commission).

FP7 - the future of European Union research policy (European Commission - Research & Innovation).

Smart specialisation (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Innovation in science, technology and industry).

Smart Specialisation (European Regions Research and Innovation Network).

Practical Guides

Smart Specialisation Fact Sheet (European Commission).

Guide to Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisations (RIS 3) (European Commission).

Getting started with the RIS3 KEY (Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research).

Smart Specialisation Platform (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies – Joint Research Centre).

Country/Region Information

Basque Country: Cluster Policy & Smart Specialisation Strategy (Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Basque Government).

Knowledge & Innovation-driven Regional Growth and Smart Specialisation (ERA Portal Austria).


Reports on the implementation of smart specialisation (Technopolis Group).

Policy briefs and working papers on smart specialisation (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies – Joint Research Centre).

      Special Issues: Smart specialisation in Europe (European Journal of Innovation Management).


"Regional Policy and Smart Specialisation" - Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General for Implementation, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission.

"Smart Specialisation in Poland".

"Smart Specialisation: What does it mean in practice for universities?"

"Smart Specialisation Strategy in a functional region, the TTR-ELAt case".

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 320131.