RIS3 Calls Consultation

Calls for Proposals

Assess calls for proposals under SF operational programmes made by regional authorities, discuss specific topics and ultimately propose tailored selection criteria for projects to be supported.





1.1.Support the creation and development of new businesses and business support structures
This action is one of the four (4) actions under the thematic priority for a competitive regional economy based on innovation. From the quantitative and qualitative analysis, South Muntenia region is located on the last places at national level for most of the indicators that measure the competitive development of the economy based on innovation, the only one with good results being the automobile industry. Except for this top industry, where the innovation applied in economy is at the highest standards in Europe especially due to development pole created around Dacia factory, in other fields the innovation degree of the economic activities is extremely low, thus deepening the regional disparities. Through this action, the region aims to create business support structures that will support the development of enterprise activity and the access to new markets.
1.a.1. Strengthening research infrastructures in accordance with the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructure
Research infrastructures are a pole of attraction both for the research and academic community and for industry, as addressing global challenges requires the co-operation of national high-level scientific infrastructures and mobilizes better education and technical training of the human resources involved. The purpose of the action is to strengthen national research infrastructures and effective networking of the research network to provide access to high-quality research infrastructures and their optimal use both by the research community and the public sector as well as by businesses and industry. The funding of research infrastructure actions will be done through three-year calls for proposals and the roadmap will be updated accordingly. The actions refer to three main categories of activities regarding: 1. Enhance networking among the entities of the central unit and the key nodes of the research infrastructure 2. Improve the level/framework of the provided services 3. Strengthen joint research programs to support the operation of infrastructures and the provision of high-quality services, promoting innovation
1.a.2. Specialized networks of competence centers
The action promotes the development of networks of competence centers in thematic areas that will be defined through the process of entrepreneurial discovery. It concerns networks of laboratories and national-scale infrastructures that will support the needs of enterprises, public services, public utilities, local government, etc. These laboratories may belong to universities, research centers or more generally in the public sector and provide scientific and technical services. These networks are expected to enhance their sustainability also from innovation vouchers. ฮคhe main objective of this action is to support the technological needs of the productive resources in areas with significant potential for the restructuring of the Greek economy. In other words, it aims to strengthen laboratory infrastructures for the development of long-term collaborations and filling gaps and weaknesses identified during the process of entrepreneurial discovery.
1.a.3. Development of professional knowledge and skills in intellectual property, innovation and technology management, exports etc.
The action concerns the development of educational and training programs targeted to members of the public and private sector interested in issues related to intellectual property, innovation and technology management, policy for innovation and entrepreneurship, exports etc. Additionally, this action strengthens the development of educational and training programs for the workforce intended to staff the intermediary organizations for the support of young entrepreneurs and SMEs. The programs are going to be built upon good and internationally recognized training techniques and methods, as well as use modern educational tools. They will be carried out by certified training bodies as well as higher education and research institutes. The main objective of the action is to cover significant deficits of knowledge and experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. More specifically, it aims to develop critical masses not only in the workforce for the staffing of existing enterprises and/or the establishment of new businesses, but also in the staff from the position of business consultants or other management support structures.
1.b.1. Strengthening human research potential through doctoral research
The action supports PhD candidates, regardless their nationality, for the elaboration of their doctoral dissertation at Higher Education Institutions in Greece. Its main objective is the development and conduct of high-level research in Greece through the support of doctoral dissertations as part of the postgraduate studies.
1.b.2. Supporting the research dimension of higher education
The action supports strengthening the human potential in higher education and research to improve the quality and efficiency of higher education by facilitating their active participation in contemporary research projects for the enrichment of the research work. Its main objective is the acquisition and development of a research culture and the promotion of scientific knowledge to young researchers. At the same time, it aims at enhancing the mobility of researchers so that new knowledge produced by research can be disseminated through education, resulting in well-trained people able to apply new technological and organizational methods.
1.b.3. Supporting post-doctorate researchers
The action aims at supporting Postgraduate Researcher (Post-doc), so that they acquire new research skills that will enhance the prospects for their professional development. The eligible scientific fields for research are: โ€“ Natural Sciences and Engineering โ€“ Life Sciences โ€“ Social and Human Sciences At the same time, it is considered that through strengthening postdoctoral work, researchersโ€™ future career can be prospering and this can even serve as a motivation for them to stay for work in Greece instead of leaving abroad (mitigate the brain-drain phenomenon).
1.b.5. Collaborative initiatives RTD&I
The action concerns multiannual RTD&I programs with documented strategic targeting and projects aiming at the development of innovative projects and processes. Proposals can be submitted by consortia of companies, innovative clusters and other RTD&I schemes and entities. Programs will be characterized by complementarity and synergies between projects. Thus, consortia form strategic networks from basic research to final implementation, developed in all regions of the country. The project will concern: โ€“ Targeted applied research โ€“ Solving technical problems and developing applications โ€“ Developing demonstration and pilot projects โ€“ Prototyping and specifications elaboration โ€“ Testing and experiments โ€“ Open access to laboratory infrastructures and demonstrative laboratory functions โ€“ Testing of methods, products and services โ€“ Exploitation of research results and intellectual property The main objective of this action is the promotion of long-term dynamics and planning in areas of strategic importance, by encouraging โ€œbottom-upโ€ initiatives. At the same time, it seeks to encourage cooperation and coordination amongst stakeholders in the innovation system.
1.b.6. Development of innovative products/services proposed by businesses
The action seeks the competitive development of products and services with high added value, addressing specific challenges facing the public and private sectors by making full use of research being carried out. The involved actors, after invitation, submit a single proposal explaining in detail each form of aid that is provided by the action. The main objective of this action is to strengthen the assignment to research centers and higher education institutions (universities) on behalf of the private and public sector (national or local authorities) of specific issues and problems for investigation or resolution. These issues and problems may also arise through public consultation procedures.
1.b.7.Support for testing products and services
The action refers to the testing of products and services, having as indicative activities the following: โ€“ Food and supplement trials โ€“ Testing of educational tools and methods โ€“ Software and ICT products testing โ€“ Digital or physical simulations of small and medium scale for the study and certification of production processes The main objective of this action is to strengthen medium and large-scale testing for knowledge intensive products and services in areas where certification of the products is required (eg medicine, nutrition, functional foods, training tools, methods, etc.)
1.b.8.Strategic Plans of Research Institutions
The action concerns specific research programs to be submitted by the research centers in accordance with the priority in areas where the RIS3 focuses. The funding is aimed at covering human resources needs, the maintenance and creation of new jobs and partially cover operational costs associated with the projects. The main objective of the action is to strengthen strategic choices of R&D institutions through the implementation of high-level research and scientific projects aimed at enhancing their excellence capacity in the context of Smart Specialization.
1.b.9. Integrated Research Strategies for Higher Education
The action concerns specific research projects to be submitted by Universities. The funding is aimed at covering human resources needs, the maintenance and creation of new jobs and partially cover operational costs associated with the projects. The main objective of the action is to strengthen strategic choices of Universities through the implementation of high-level research and scientific projects aimed at enhancing their excellence capacity in the context of Smart Specialization.
1.c.1.Design and operation of a digital platform for research and innovation
It is proposed to create a cloud-based digital platform based on open data standards that will include in a single and functional platform the data related to Research and Innovation, which are briefly summarized in the following sections: Research projects and results implemented under the previous programming period (2007-2013) as well as those to be implemented during the new one. The action envisages the utilization of the existing information system for the addition of functions that will facilitate the search and presentation of the data as well as its interconnection with other similar European databases. Register of evaluators that will include people that can be used to evaluate research projects according to their research field. National Register of Research Infrastructures, including the research infrastructures to be developed according to the National Roadmap and the services that they will provide. The main objective of this action is the concentration of information related to research projects and their life cycle in line with the CORDIS database available to the European Commission. For the platform, interoperability between the existing national information system and the ones provided by other entities, is going to be ensured.
A6. Build the capability and capacity of the Public Sector Innovation Lab to address public sector policy challenges.
Five labs completed in 2015/16 with associated learning developed. Links with other Labs within the UK and further afield have been established with a focus on learning and knowledge sharing to refine methodologies and maximise Lab impact. Consideration being given to Labs from different jurisdictions working collaboratively on a subject of national/international interest. The move to prototyping/testing is key to developing the Innovation Lab operating model and ensuring projects are taken through to a position where they make a real difference on the ground. Interest in the Innovation Lab is growing, particularly from local government, with potential projects to support Community Planning and achieving recycling targets.