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NICHE

Programme: Interreg Europe www.interregeurope.eu

Project name: “Building innovative food value chains in regions”

Project acronym: NICHE http://www.interregeurope.eu/niche/

The NICHE project wishes to realize food sector potential by effectively promoting in 7 European regions where food has been identified as a key sector to apply existing research and innovation strengths.

Project objectives: Improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs and ETC programmes, that support the delivery of innovation by actors in regional innovation chains in areas of "smart specialisation" and innovation opportunity.

Project sub-objectives: The main objective of the NICHE project is to, by 2019 and through the improvement of existing policies, achieve an average 15% increase in the adoption of research and innovation solutions by food sector companies in their regions to give response to the demand of this sector identified as a high-potential sector for their smart growth.

Specific sub-objectoves of the project are:

- Pioneer an open innovation approach in the food sector bringing together all the relevant stakeholders under a quadruple-helix model i.e research centres, universities, enterprises, policy makers, innovation agencies, final consumers, etc, at both regional and interregional level, to propose actions based on a mutual learning exercise that will improve the regional policies supporting the introduction of innovation into the regional food value changes.

- Establish regional open innovation ecosystems to assure the perpetuation of a systemic support to the innovation applied to the food sector.

- Exchange and learn from experiences among regions sharing similar challenges, opportunities and areas of smart specialization.

- Explore new mechanisms to transfer and apply research and innovation for new food products, services or processes.

Project partners are: Regional Development Agency of the West Region Romania, Donegal County Council, Derry and Strabane District Council, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, Region of Crete and Tartu Science Park.

Project duration is 4 years starting from 01/04/2016.

Project manager is Ingrid Hunt, phone: +372 51 252 98, e-mail: ingrid.hunt@teaduspark.ee