Capacity for innovation

Priority 1 ‘Capacity for innovation’ is dedicated to actions strengthening the ability of the Baltic Sea Region to create and commercialise innovation. Thus the Programme encourages experimentation with new approaches and solutions to be practically tested through pilot actions. Furthermore, the priority aims at increasing the capacity of the public sector as an innovation driver and enhancing innovation uptake by SMEs. Thematically, one focus of this priority lies on utilisation of the potentials of existing and planned research and innovation infrastructures. Additionally, the priority supports capacity-building for smart specialisation strategies and their implementation, e.g. through test and pilot activities. Lastly, the priority provides support for non-technological innovation.

Flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region under priority  1, innovation - a bar with the Strategy logo and a list of the projects: Baltic Fracture Competence Center | Baltic TRAM  Balt Se@nior | BSR Stars S3 | Cross Motion  Smart Blue Regions.

Research and innovation infrastructures

The Programme wants to enhance market uptake of innovation based on improved capacity of research and innovation infrastructures and their users (specific objective 1.1).

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Research and innovation infrastructure is one of the development areas for which Interreg Baltic Sea Region provides EU funding.

Ongoing projects

Baltic fracture competence centre (BFCC)

  • Lead partner: Life Science Nord Management GmbH, Germany
  • Contact: Imke Schneemann | schneemann@lifesciencenord.de | +49 431 2484 121
  • Project partners: 3 DE, 3 DK, 2 EE, 2 PL, 2 SE, 1 FI, 1 LT
  • Total budget: EUR 3.6 million
  • Project website: www.bfcc-project.eu

Transnational research access in the Baltic Sea macro region (BalticTRAM)

  • Lead partner: DESY Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Germany
  • Contact: Uwe Sassenberg | uwe.sassenberg@desy.de | +49 4089 984 891
  • Project partners: 3 PL, 3 SE, 2 DE, 2 DK, 2 FI, 1 EE, 1 LT, 1 LV
  • Total budget: EUR 4.1 million
  • Project website: www.baltic-tram.eu

Baltic Science Network (BSN)

  • Lead partner: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, Germany
  • Contact: Klaus von Lepel | klaus.vonlepel@bwf.hamburg.de | +49 4042 8634 158
  • Project partners: 2 FI, 2 LT, 2 SE, 1 DE, 1 DK, 1 EE, 1 LV, 1 PL, 3 Reserved
  • Total budget: EUR 2.9 million
  • Project website: http://www.baltic-science.org/

Advancement of non-technological innovation performance and innovation capacity in the fruit growing and processing sectors (Innofruit)

  • Lead partner: Latvia State Institute of Fruit growing, Latvia
  • Contact: Edgars Rubauskis | edgars.rubauskis@lvai.lv | +371 637 222 94
  • Project partners: 3 LV, 2 PL, 1 LT, 1 SE
  • Total budget: EUR 1.5 million

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Smart specialisation

The Programme wants to enhance growth opportunities based on increased capacity of innovation organisations to apply smart specialisation approach (specific objective 1.2).

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Ongoing projects

Smart blue regions

  • Lead partner: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • Contact: Steffen Lüsse | steffen.luesse@wimi.landsh.de | +49 4319 8846 37
  • Project partners: 2 LV, 2 PL, 1 EE, 1 FI, 1 SE
  • Total budget: EUR 1.8 million
  • Project website: www.smartblueregions.eu

Empowering for innovation and growth in medium sized cities and region (EmpInno)

  • Lead partner:Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH, Germany
  • Contacts: Gert Proba | proba@rostock-business.de | + 49 381 3771 915
  • Project partners: 3 FI, 3 PL, 2 DK, 2 EE, 2 SE, 1 DE, 1 LT, 1 LV
  • Total budget: EUR 3.8 million

Stimulating smart specialisation ecosystem through engaging SMEs in open innovation processes (BSR Stars S3)

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Non-technological innovation

The Programme wants to advance the Baltic Sea Region performance in non-technological innovation based on increased capacity of innovation organisations (specific objective 1.3).

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Non-technological innovation is one of the development areas for which Interreg Baltic Sea Region provides EU funding.

Ongoing projects

Smart and safe work wear clothing (SWW)

  • Lead partner: Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd., Finland
  • Contact: Lasse Jansson | lasse.jansson@centria.fi | +358 447 250 072
  • Project partners: 2 EE, 2 LT, 2 LV, 2 PL, 1 FI
  • Total budget: EUR 2.4 million
  • Project website: www.centria.fi/SWW

Ecodesign as driver of innovation in the Baltic Sea Region (EcoDesign Circle)

  • Lead partner: Federal Environment Agency, Germany
  • Contact: Lisa Kossolobow | Lisa.Kossolobow@uba.de | +49 340 210 336 95
  • Project partners: 1 DE, 1 EE, 1 FI, 1 LT, 1 PL, 1 SE
  • Total budget: EUR 2.3 million
  • Project website: www.ecodesigncircle.eu

Social empowerment in rural areas (SEMPRE)

  • Lead partner: Diaconie of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • Contact: Doris Scheer | scheer@diakonie-sh.de | +49 433 1593 140
  • Project partners: 3 LV, 3 SE, 2 DE, 2 EE, 2 FI, 1 DK, 1 LT, 1 PL
  • Total budget: EUR 2.3 million
  • Project website: www.sempre-project.eu

Cross motion (CM)

  • Lead partner: Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Contact: Alessandro Nani | alessandro.nani@tlu.ee | +371 5196 6539
  • Project partners: 1 DE, 1 DK, 1 EE, 1 FI, 1 LT, 1 LV, 1 NO, 1 PL, 1 SE
  • Total budget: EUR 3.0 million
  • Project website: www.crossmotion.org

Innovative solutions to support enterprises in the Baltic Sea Region in product development aimed at raising comfort and safety of seniors living at home (BaltSe@nior)

  • Lead partner: Pozmam University of Life Sciences, Poland
  • Contact: Beata Fabisiak | beata.fabisiak@up.poznan.pl | +486 1848 7475
  • Project partners: 2 DE, 2 FI, 1 DK, 1 EE, 1 LT, 1 LV, 1 NO, 1 SE
  • Total budget: EUR 2.4 million

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