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Project Facts

Lead Partner:

Aalto University (FI)


Other partners:

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (FI),

City of Aarhus (DK),

Tallinn City Enterprise Department (EE),
Brandenburg Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection (DE),

University of Latvia (LV),

Liepaja University (LV),

The Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (LT),

Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (LT), 
Metropolitan Area Gdansk-Gdyinia-Sopot (PL),

ITMO University (RU),

Cursor Oy, Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company (FI),

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia (LV)

Associated partners:

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Start date

Ocotber 2017

Completion date

September 2020

The project helps regions in nine countries to apply research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3) by sharing best practices and knowledge of EU RIS3 experts (Committee of Regions, EU Joint Research Centre) and co-creating concepts for the RIS3 implementation. The project focuses on active healthy ageing, digitalisation in smart city, climate change and circular economy.

The Smart-up BSR Project (Improving smart specialisation implementation through orchestrating innovation hubs) promotes the regional implementation of strategies for smart specialisation, and enhances the cooperation between regions.

Regions from nine different countries evaluate their strategies for smart specialisation and update their implementation plans. The project is carried out trough peer learning, innovation camps and pilot experiments.

The project utilizes the smart specialisation expertise of EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and the European Committee of the Regions. The project also develops different methods for participation and cooperation and prepares for pilot projects conducted in cooperation between the regions. 

The pilot projects focus on the following themes:
•    active healthy ageing
•    smart city
•    climate change
•    circular and sharing economy


The project’s main partner is the Aalto University. Another Finnish project partner is the Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company Cursor Oy. Furthermore, the project involves partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Russia.

Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is responsible for SWOT analyses and scenarios concerning smart specialisation. Uusimaa Region is also in charge of planning a pilot project between the regions on the theme of active healthy ageing, and of arranging a final conference.

The Smart-up BSR Project has a total budget of 2.4 million euros, receiving co-funding from the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Programme. The project is carried out between 2017 and 2020.

BSSSC's role

 - Offer a platform for the project for exchange experiences and mutual learning.

 - Support the project by discussing and communicating results e.g. at meetings, seminars and the BSSSC annual conferences.

-  Disseminate the project outputs/results via our communication channels to sub-regions in the Baltic Sea Region

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