Aiming at intensifying cluster collaboration across borders and sectoral boundaries and facilitating SME internationalisation in new “rising star” areas while seeking to exchange expertise and best practices, Corallia participates in several EU projects and initiatives.
The ultimate goal is to ensure a strong impact on and unleash the innovative capacity of SMEs in the fields of semiconductors, space and creative industries. All activities focus on synergies with other leading European clusters, enhancing innovation and extroversion actions, in order to maximise the true business potential of SMEs, improve their performance and nurture cross-sectoral innovation through the development of new industrial competitive value-chains based on the combination of competences of SMEs.
The projects and initiatives are co-financed by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7-ERA-NET), the COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs and the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
A list of running and past projects follows.
CAPSELLA focuses on two complementary domains: agro-biodiversity and the food supply chain. It will use participatory bottom up data collection and top down data integration to develop solutions for these domains. The project builds from scratch open data repositories concerning regional agro-biodiversity, and builds upon and enhances existing data sets on the agro-biodiversity and food domains. Based on these, the project develops a number of community-driven data powered ICT solutions, which will be tested by the communities engaged in the project and will result in a number of pilots. CAPSELLA builds a sustainable technical prototyping platform, a meeting environment for innovation that democratizes access to big data, cloud computing, open data, open software and pilots. To do so, it builds up on on-line and off-line tools including the organisation of key events to raise awareness about the project and collect information by a button up approach. The project has a strong societal and business sustainability focus by including incubation activities for selected pilots. For more information: www.capsella.eu
Silicon Europe Worldwide is the internationalisation initiative of Silicon Europe, which was awarded with the "European Strategic Cluster Partnership - Going International (ESCP-4i)" label during the Clusters Go International Launch Event. Silicon Europe Worldwide is a transnational cluster partnership uniting the strongest European micro- and nanoelectronics clusters allowing an entirely new level of transnational collaboration and a combined innovative strength, while significantly contributing to the future competitiveness of the European economy. Silicon Europe Worldwide aims at implementing an internationalization strategy that will strengthen the global footprint of the cross-regional ecosystem created by the cluster partnership. Such strategy focuses on three objectives: supports electronics companies, and more in particular, SMEs, to be present in foreign markets either for business or partnerships, attracts foreign investment money or actors missing in Europe’s value chain and promotes the European electronics industry worldwide. Due to the Silicon Europe Worldwide partners’ experience and expertise with their facilitating role as cluster, they are best positioned to increase the international cooperation and business opportunities for the European SMEs and companies involved in micro- and nanoelectronics technology and applications. For more information: www.silicon-europe.eu/worldwide
The FabSpace 2.0 project is an open-innovation network for Space-based innovation - by leveraging geodata in particular, in Universities 2.0. FabSpace is a one-stop shop-access to Space data and a wide range of other data as well as free software and data processing tools to develop new digital applications. The project’s main objective is to set up and operate at University a free-access place & service where students, researchers and external people can make use of a data platform and design and test their own applications. In the six European regions (France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Greece) covered by the consortium, partner universities work together with co-located Business Incubation Centres of the European Space Agency (ESA BICs). ESA BICs aim at inspiring entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provide technical expertise and business-development support. For more information www.fabspace.eu
The NEPTUNE (New cross sEctoral value chains creation across EuroPe faciliTated by clUsters for SMEs's INnovation in BluE Growth) project aims at developing new cross-sectoral and cross-border industrial value-chains, including in particular SMEs, to foster the development of Blue Growth industries in Europe and beyond. This development will be based on the construction of new value chains and the reconfiguration of existing ones driven by the integration of new technologies and know- how between Water, Aerospace, ICT and Agriculture cluster actors/industries. NEPTUNE has been designed around 2 concepts: a) the innovative Open Space Platform: developed for collaboration and networking for SMEs and supporting collaboration between the clusters and b) entrepreneurship and innovation support toolbox: proposes a mix of support measures to directly support SME innovation projects. NEPTUNE proposes a complete coaching, mentoring and voucher system, shared and applied by all consortium partners, targeting SMEs in a targeted and flexible fashion. For more information: www.neptune-project.eu
EOSCpilot (European Open Science Cloud Pilot project) supports the development of the European Open Science Cloud, establishes the governance framework for the EOSC and contributes to the development of European open science policy and best practice. The project’s key objectives are to reduce fragmentation between data infrastructures, improve interoperability between data infrastructures by demonstrating how data and resources can be shared, build a dependable open-data research environment where data from publicly funded research is always open and there are clear incentives and rewards for the sharing of data and resources.The project will improve the ability to preserve and reuse data resources and provide an important step towards building a dependable open innovation environment where data from publicly funded research is always open and there are clear incentives and rewards for the sharing of data and resources. For more information: www.eoscpilot.eu
SPACE2ID (Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification) project is a cluster collaboration project with the main objective of creating a European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) between six European countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain) with five Space clusters and five European clusters working on other market sectors such as Mobility, Energy, Logistics, Creative Industries and Agriculture (MELCA sectors), expressing their commitment to work on a joint internationalisation strategy and an implementation roadmap in order to support the internationalisation of SMEs towards third countries beyond Europe and thereby, to contribute to the European Commission’s objectives to boost growth, jobs and investment in Europe. This strategic cooperation aims at the commercial spread of space products, promoting the process of transferring the space technologies into MELCA sectors by means of the creation of value added services that will foster the growth in these sectors and, at the same time, the creation of new business opportunities for Space clusters. For more information: www.space2id.eu
Corallia coordinated the "South-East European Network-of-Excellence of Cluster Organisations - SEENECO" project, which aimed to promote cluster management professionalism in South East Europe by applying advanced training and benchmarking tools developed under the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI). SEENECO brings together a number of key national institutions from SEE countries to allow for further exploitation of the project results at regional level. For more information please read here.
The aim of the "Smarter Cluster Policies for South East Europe - ClusterPoliSEE" project was to develop in the region of South East Europe smart specialization strategies for cluster improvement in priority areas such as innovation, R&D, sustainability, cooperation and networking, financial measures and training. The partnership that was built around a representative sample of key stakeholders represents the best possible mix of country partners able to ensure the highest effectiveness in achieving the project's objectives. Corallia, having demonstrated a strong experience in policy learning mechanisms as well as in the development and implementation of cluster and innovation policies, took over the responsibility of developing SEE Cluster Policy Learning Mechanisms and a set of recommendations to enhance existing or/and develop new strategies in support of cluster development in the SEE region. For more information please read here and watch the project's video clip.
"Innovation and Commercialization in the NMP thematic area - INCOMERA" project addresses the problem of "valley of death", bringing together 21 different regional and national funding agencies. The project focuses on successfully ended, research projects with a high potential to become a commercial success. Through a series of transnational joint calls devoted to NMP technologies (Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies), INCOMERA will fund innovation services, facilitating the transfer of knowledge on policy mixtures and supporting cross-sectoral, cross regional projects. For more information please read here.
The overall objective of the "Best shared services for regional cluster initiative needs - POOLING4CLUSTERS" project was to upgrade the innovation capacity of existing enterprises in the partner regions, through the improvement of the effectiveness of cluster support policies. Assisting guidelines & recommendations to regional authorities on how to reach a preminent method to improve their support framework to clusters and competitiveness poles were produced.
Lead-ERA project aimed at fostering the coordination of a series of trans-regional programmes dedicated to research and innovation within the highly innovative and technology based themes of the EU Lead market initiative. Through a process of intensive knowledge sharing of the regional competences and programmes, LEADERA partners developed a joint Scientific and Technological strategy as well as the mutual tools and methods to foster RTD cooperation amongst their regional RTD stakeholders.