European Structural and Investment Funds
Delivery Conference
Friday 17th May 2013
Strengthening research, technological
development and innovation
Strengthening research, technological
development and innovation
Policy context
What needs to change
Results & Outputs Indicators
Proposed activities
Match Funding
LEP Sounding Board
Policy Context
 National Innovation & Research Strategy
 Industrial Strategy and 11 Sector Strategies
 Eight Great Technologies
 Innovation in Health & Wellbeing
 Witty Review
 Atlantic Strategy & Action Plan
What Needs to Change?
 Stronger focus on commercialisation of research & development i.e.
driving jobs and growth
 National policies & local leadership
 A Strategic Policy Framework for Smart Specialisation: inc. better
evidence, stronger design, collaboration by geography and theme
Result Indicators (1)
 Increased number of businesses that are actively innovating to bring
new products and services to the market
 Increased levels of business investment in R&D and intangible assets
 Increased number of innovative companies that export
 Increased volume of R&D investment leveraged from abroad
 Rebalancing of the patterns of innovation across England
 Improving net performance on indicators of social impact through the
development and wider adoption of innovative new products and
services in conjunction with civil society
Result Indicators (2)
 Extending & embedding the value chains of strategic innovation
initiatives into local economies (smart specialisation indicator)
 Increased value of information, financial and trade flow connections
between connected sectors in different places (smart specialisation
 Increasing the transfer of technology between related sectors,
especially with the use of Key Enabling Technologies (smart
specialisation indicator)
Output Indicators
 Number of enterprises cooperating with supported research institutions
(unit = enterprises) (standard)
 Private investment matching public support in innovation or R&D projects
(unit = Euros) (standard)
 Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the market products
(unit -= enterprises) (higher priority) (standard)
 Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products
(unit = enterprises) (lower priority) (standard)
 Number of new researchers in supported institutions helping enterprises to
bring new products and services to the market (unit = researchers FTE)*
(proposal to amend a standard indicator)
Proposed Activities (1)
 Building collaborative research between enterprises, research institutions &
public institutions. This can include graduate start-up schemes & support for
other Higher Education Institution spin-outs delivering innovation, including
social enterprises.
 Supporting SMEs including social enterprises to commercialise Research &
Development i.e. bringing new products to the market, especially those linked
to key enabling, the ‘eight great’ and health science technologies. This can
include stimulating the demand for new services and products, and public
procurement programmes designed to drive innovation.
 Physical infrastructure, including incubation space and other equipment which
leads directly to the delivery of other proposed activities in this Thematic
 Innovation activities which contribute to low carbon goals, resource efficiency
and protecting the environment, while maintaining the focus on business
investment in research and innovation.
Proposed Activities (2)
 Intermediate, technical and higher level workforce skills to support
research, development and innovation.
 Social innovation where the project involves all the important
elements of :a focus on at least one of the priority themes for social
innovation; the active leadership or involvement of civil society at all
stages of project design, delivery, and wider adoption; the exchange
of knowledge from and to a research centre to develop, adopt and
spread the use of new products and services that have demonstrable
social impact; a final beneficiary that is a business or any other
undertaking that acts in a business-like manner; and the intention is
that the beneficiary can continue after the project is complete on a
sustainable basis through the wider adoption of those new products
and services .
Sources of Match Funding
 Academic Health Science Networks
 HEFCE, & Research Councils (see letter)
 TSB (subject to Spending Review)
 RGF, EZ returns, TIFs, Business Rate Retention etc
 Universities
 Greater scope for private sector
LEPs & Smart Specialisation
 No need to do a stand
alone Smart
Specialisation Strategy
 Use instead the RIS3
Guide (or equally

Innovation Thematic Objective