What We Do

Policy Influencing

Thanks to its place-based approach, the Vanguard Initiative has a wide national, EU, and international outreach. Through the activities of its pilots, the Vanguard Initiative has proven to be a successful network, leading by example in interregional collaboration based on smart specialisation. For almost 10 years, Vanguard regions have been committed to supporting innovation and technology uptake at the EU level, and they are constantly reflecting on how to fund such activities as well as how to join forces to support their roll-out. This is closely connected to the work of the European Commission’s Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms (S3P). The Vanguard Initiative is, in this perspective, advocating for stronger commitment to enable effective synergies between EU funding tools and instruments, with regional and national funding.


Vanguard Initiative Annual Political Meeting 2021

The Vanguard Initiative Annual Political Meeting 2021 – took place on November 25th.

Official Signature of the Cooperation Agreement between the Vanguard Initiative and EFFRA

On 25 November, Eddy Van Hijum, Chair of the Vanguard Initiative, and Željko Pazin, Executive Director of

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Vanguard active in ‘Technology Infrastructures’ debate during ENoLL conference

The European Commission is reviving the debate on “technology infrastructures”: their definition and possibly their financing.

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VI at the first meeting of the I3 expert group

The first meeting of the Expert Group which will assist the EC in the I3 work programme preparation took place on the 15th of June.

The VI is a Member of the Expert Group on Interregional Innovation Investments (I3)

The Vanguard Initiative, represented by the Vanguard Pilot Monitoring Task Group lead Wim de Kinderen, has been selected by the European Commission as a member of

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VI and EARTO jointly published a short paper providing complementary insights on the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3)

The Vanguard Initiative together with EARTO issued a short paper on the Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) to provide some complementary insights for the d

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Position paper - Regional ecosystems and collaboration as drivers for the recovery

The Vanguard Initiative supports the EU Industrial Strategy, published in March, as a strong basis for future work and paving the way for recovery and resilience of the EU economy while embracing l

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Short paper: Interregional Innovation Investments (I3) – Complementary insights VI-EARTO

The Vanguard Initiative highly values the efforts made by the European Commission to co-design the new I3 instrument and for this reason, continues to contribute to the creation of a tool suited to

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The Vanguard Initiative annual plan 2021

This annual plan sets out the programme of work that Vanguard Initiative will seek to accomplish during 2021 and is informed by discussions in the Annual Politica

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Non paper - Financing solutions for networks of Pilots and demonstrators

Vanguard Initiative Non paper Financing solutions for networks of Pilots and demonstrators

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Joint contribution - Public consultation on Interregional Innovation Investments

The signatories strongly supports the Interregional Innovation Investments Instrument and welcomes the agreement from the Council to create this new tool under the ERDF, while regretting the downsi

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Public consultation - Contribution to GBER review

Contribution to the second public consultation on the targeted review of the GBER: extended scope for national funds to be combined with certain Union programmes.

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Annual Political Meeting

Closed Session Outline – Governance of the Vanguard Initiative