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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.

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Investing for resilience and recovery: defining a new role for clusters and smart specialisation

This workshop will critically examine how regional policy and cluster organisations are collaborating in developing and implementing smart specialisation strategies at regional and European level through two regional case studies and expert opinion.

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Knowledge Ecosystems in the new ERA

This Friends of Smart Specialisation (FoSS) report outlines the main points of the Briefing Note “Knowledge Ecosystems in the new ERA” for Stakeholder Consultation (July 2021) and in parallel our own comments on the relevant sections.

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Stakeholder Consultation on the updating of the New Industrial Strategy

The Friends of Smart Specialisation were asked to contribute to the Opinion prepared by the Committee of Regions by Rapporteur Jeannette Baljeu on ‘The new Industrial Strategy for Europe’.

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The Friends

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

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