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PUBLIC POLICY LIVING LAB (P2L2)

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The Public Policy Living Lab (P2L2) project supports countries and regions invested in the field of advanced materials by introducing or improving local policy to support innovation in this field.

Project Goals

  • Establish policy roadmaps that will improve the regions’ innovation ecosystem of advanced materials. 
  • Improving policy instruments that support the innovation ecosystem of advanced materials
  • Improving policy instruments related to the implementation and evaluation of smart specialization strategies
  • Coordinating/aligning regional policies and strategies between sectors to facilitate innovation ecosystems that go beyond administrative regional boundaries. 

The project aims at real changes, and that needs more than simply sharing good practices. For example, one of the project deliverables – the limited mapping tool will soon help different regions align development strategies by reducing overlaps and gaps, and by finding complementarity and opportunities for European collaboration.

P2L2 is an Interreg project with the European Commission. For that reason, P2L2 supports the EC’s National/Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). These strategies, among other things, focus on enhancing each region’s particular strengths, competitive advantages and potential for excellence.

Duration and budget

The project has a budget of 1,748,206.00 Euros. It will last for four years, running from the 1st of April 2016 until the 31st of May, 2020.

During this time, partners form each region will compare, collaborate and consult each other on how to improve their respective policy instruments. Each will create an action plan which will be executed and monitored during the latter half of the project’s duration.

Partnership

NoOrganisationAcronymCountry
1. University of Bremen UniHB (Lead partner) UB Germany
2. Ministry of Economics, Labour and Ports Free Hanseatic City Bremen SENWAH Germany
3. WFB Bremen Economic Development Corp. WFR Germany
4. Regional Council of Aquitaine CRA France
5. Piedmont Region REG.PIEGM Italy
6. Marshal Office of the Podkarpackie Region REG.POD Poland
7.  Rzeszow University of Technology RTU Poland
8. The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation DASTI Greece
9. Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology MITA Lithuania
10. Research and higher education monitoring and analysis centre MOSTA Lithuania

What policy instrument does the project address in Lithuania?

Innovation vouchers

In order to implement objective no. 1.2.1 “Increasing the intensiveness of RDI activities in the private sector” of Operational Programme for EU Structural Funds Investments for 2014-2020 and seeking for creation of commercialized R&D products, growth of business investment in R&D is essential to promote business enterprises to collaborate with science institutions.

Innovation Vouchers measure encourages business ant science institutions to build up primary contacts, to intensify the innovation activities as well as take advantage of the opportunities offered by cooperation. The measure stimulates business and scientific cooperation, increasing the number of joint projects not only in rage of this measure, but also then it is complete, companies actively carry out RDI activities. Innovation Voucher entitles companies to buy R&D expertise or knowledge from research institutions.

There are two types of activities supported under the measure: (1) early stage research and development (R&D) and (2) preparation of technical feasibility studies. 

Applicants may receive up to 5.682 euros for contracts with research institutions under which specific R&D services may be performed. Companies may choose a service from a list which includes nearly 2500 R&D services of different types. Applicants may get funding for up to 70 percent of total project eligible costs. The measure speeds up knowledge transfer and commercialization of research results. As a result, companies are encouraged to use the latest scientific achievements in their business. The appeal of Innovation Vouchers is related to its simplicity and low administrative burden both for beneficiaries and administrators. 

In view of the fact that the measure is designed to encourage more active RDI activities of companies and promotion of business and scientific collaboration, all private legal entities are potential applicants. Additional requirements for applicants: applicant must be working more than 6 months and have turnover of 3k Eur. 

The first call for proposals for the period 2014-2020 lasted from 16/01/2017 to 16/03/2017. 442 applications received with requested financing for 1,4M Eur:

Main results of InnoVouchers scheme for the period 2007-2013. 

  • 3 calls for proposals (2012, 2013, 2014).
  • 1407 applications received.
  • 776 projects implemented.
  • 3,3M Eur allocated.

Contacts

  • Project Coordinator Martynas Survilas, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Head of R&D&I Programmes and International Cooperation Division Ričardas Valančiauskas, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Head of Global Grant Division Mantas Biekša, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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