The European Commission has selected 14 pilot projects, to be allocated a total of €2.5 million, to boost the regional dimension of the knowledge economy.The projects were selected from a call for proposals published on August 1st, 2003. The “Regions for Knowledge” initiative (KnowREG) was called for by the European Parliament in order to encourage local players to design and shape regional knowledge development models. The models are to foster university involvement with the local economy and develop guidance for technology development paths, as well as awareness-raising actions. Projects will help improve regional research and innovation strategies, regional public-private partnerships, links between researchers, companies and financial institutions and networking between technological innovators across Europe’s regions.
“The Pilot Action on Regions of Knowledge gives me another opportunity to stress the importance of regions in the collective European effort to close the gap with our competitors in research investment and knowledge exploitation,” said European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. “Taking a grass-roots approach to improving Europe’s knowledge economy is central in helping to achieve the Lisbon objective for Europe to become the most dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010. Regions have a key role to play in this objective.”
The KnowREG action is independent of the European Commission’s Framework Programme for Research and Development (R&D) or Structural Funds.
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