Interregional Cooperation for the Smart Growth of the MAC Regions
Grant Agreement: MAC/5.11a/075
Type: INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 | 1st Call
Duration: 36 months (08/11/2016 31/10/2019)
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información, ACIISI, Canary Islands, Spain.

ACIISI – Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (Canary Islands – Spain)
Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (Canary Islands – Spain)
PLOCAN – Consorcio Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (Canary Islands)
ARDITI – Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (Madeira – Portugal)
FRCT – Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Azores – Portugal)

Third-Parties Participants
NOSI – Núcleo Operacional para a Sociedade de Informação. (Cape Verde)

Associated Partners
DRCT – Direção Regional da Ciência e a Tecnologia (Azores – Portugal)

Aim of the Project:

RIS3_Net aims to foster interregional cooperation for the smart growth of the regions of the MAC Space. Funded under Axis 5 – to improve the institutional capacity and efficiency of public administration, RIS3_Net intends to improve this capacity by promoting cross-border cooperation and between the citizens and the institutions involved.

Following the guidelines defined by the European Commission, RIS3_Net contributes to greater efficiency in the implementation of the Research and Innovation Strategies for Intelligent Specialization (RIS3) of the Regions of the MAC Space. To this end, it will develop an institutional cooperation strategy, designing a common governance system, aimed at the institutions responsible for planning, executing, and monitoring the RIS3 of the Macaronesian regions (Azores, Madeira, and Canaries), taking into account the potential for expansion to third countries.

FRCT Involvement:
FRCT integrates RIS3_Net as the main beneficiary, and DRCT as an associated entity, responsible for the implementation of RIS3 Azores. Both institutions participate in the implementation of all project activities in the Azores, with the specific task of preparing an international benchmarking with examples of Intelligent Specialization Strategies for Transnational Cooperation (activity 2.3.1).

Impact on the Azores Region:
The RIS3_Net project aims to foster cooperation between different institutions in Macaronesian regions and third countries, with the aim of developing the Common Intelligent Specialization Strategy - RIS3 MAC. In this sense, SCTA actors, who also participate in the thematic working groups of RIS3 Azores, were invited to be stakeholders in the project, contributing to the establishment of networks and partnerships.

Other Regional Entities Involved:
DRCT (associate partner).

Regional Stakeholders Involved:
SCTA actors and others with competencies, participation, and activities in the areas of Intelligent Specialization of RIS3 Açores and RIS3 MAC.
Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
94 940,74€ 537 997,53€ 632 938,27€
FRCT Budget
14 340,49€ 81 262,78€ 95 603,27€