the ARDIA-Net project stands for Alpine space Research, Development and Innovation Area. It started in 2019 with the objective to create effective cross-regional RDI governance and funding schemes across the Alpine region to overcome the identified funding gaps. In June 2022 the project's final results were delivered in a final publication that outlines methodologies for cross-regional funding schemes and for implementing demonstration projects.
"This project is concrete proof that it’s possible to implement an effective combined mechanism relying on available regional funds and programmes - a matter which is at the core of Vanguard’s aims and objectives."
Lombardy Green Chemistry Association
Lombardy Green Chemistry Association, which leads the VI Bioeconomy pilot, took an active part in the consortium led by BIOPRO, an SME from the VI-member region Baden Wurttemberg. The consortium involved 7 other partners located in 6 different alpine regions.
One of the most successful results of the project was the “Innovation Express a pilot call”, designed to bring together SMEs, research institutions, and other business organizations from different regions and countries to facilitate internationalisation and development of innovative solutions.
A second important outcome of the project is the Alps Connect Cooperation Scheme. The scheme, based on the synchronization of existing funding programmes to allow cross-regional cooperation, consists of 3 options for cross-regional funding schemes from the cooperation between single projects to joint synchronized calls with gradually increasing complex cooperative structures.
In this way, the Cooperation Scheme introduces three pillars as archetypes of coordination options in a need-based, modular approach.