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About FoSS

The Friends of Smart Specialisation (FoSS) is a group of independent innovation policy experts, set up in Brussels in 2018. The group’s goal is to support the mainstreaming of smart specialisation as an instrument for strengthening the multi-level European innovation system.

Smart Specialisation can play a coordinating role in European policy development in aligning innovation and transformation policies at different levels (regional, national, European). Smart Specialisation can, in particular, support the development of a common reference framework for aligning forces to tackle common challenges and opportunities.The group have produced a mission statement that gives an overview of the group’s thinking on smart specialisation.

 

Our Latest Documents

Below you will find an overview of our latest documents, including FoSS publications, presentations as well as useful references.

OECD
  • Circular Economy

FoSS Cited in OECD Circular Economy Paper

FoSS have been cited in the OECD's recent publication on Circular Economy in Cities and Regions.

Download the full paper here

 

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ERA Hubs as an engine for transformative place-based innovation investment priorities

With the European Green Deal and the Recovery and Resilience Plans, economic policies in the EU are moving towards a new economic growth and management model to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This is an era of systemic change that requires a fundamental rethink of the European multi-lateral governance model for transformative innovation.

research and innovation

Mainstreaming Smart Specialisation in Europe

Please find the FoSS paper on "Mainstreaming Smart Specialisation in Europe - An overview of Friends of Smart Specialisation 2020 policy papers" in attachment. 

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The Friends of Smart Specialisation (FoSS) is a group of independent innovation policy experts, set up in Brussels in 2018.

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