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Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes

Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes

The vertical conception of industry is outdated. Regions are the right level to implement transversal and interconnected innovation ecosystems.

Industry matters in a territory like Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes, as 25% of regional employment is industrial and Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes is the second industrial region in France. To support its industries, Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes focuses its action on Investments (in research equip­ments and demonstrators) Innovation (collaborative R&D, user-driven innovation) and International. The regional ecosystem is mainly organized through clusters, to ensure close collaboration between researchers and industries.In 2013, Auvergne - hône-Alpes Region has set a new Regional Innovation Strategy for smart specialisation (RI3S) whith 3 objectives. The first is to improve efficiency of region-al innovation ecosystem (by enabling cross-disciplinary approaches and transfer of KETs, by promoting entrepreneurship and improving Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes players par­ticipation in Horizon 2020). The second objective is to explore new innovation ar­eas to provide solutions to societal challenges (by promoting user driven innova­tion, public innovative procurement, and social innovation). The third objective is to focus on “smart specialisation” domains: personalized healthcare; eco-efficient factory; grids and energy storage; smart building with high energy-efficiency; digi­tal technologies and user-friendly systems; mobility systems of the future; sports, safety and infrastructures in the Alpine mountain.

In this context, in Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes, we think that interregional cooperation is an efficient way to get the critical mass to be competitive at the global level. There­fore, the Region has developed a long history of interregional cooperation with the other European Regions, particularly with the Four Motors for Europe (Baden Württemberg, Catalonia, Lombardy) since 1988 but also with some concrete cases like SILICON Europe in ICT and KETs with Saxony, East & South Netherlands or Flanders.

President of the Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes Region