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ESCP-S3 in brief

The European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3) aim to boost industrial competitiveness and investment within the EU. These partnerships shall facilitate cluster cooperation in thematic areas related to regional smart specialisation strategies and to increase the involvement of the industry in the context of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation.

The European Strategic Cluster Partneships for Smart Specialisation Investments (ESCP-S3) are expected to start operation by the end of 2018.


The objective of the ESCP-S3 action is to foster the collaboration of enterprises, especially SMEs, as well as their interaction with technology centres both within clusters and across regional and sectoral silos. The aim is towards generatinge joint actions and investment projects and a sustainable partnering process for strategic interregional collaboration in common smart specialisation priority areas linked to industrial modernisation and to help improving their business environment.  The call for proposals is launched to encourage the partnering process in relation to the key drivers of industrial modernisation, such as

  • Key Enabling Technologies
  • digital transformation (ICT)
  • service innovation and creativity
  • resource efficiency.

More details can be found here.