Joint activities

TACTICS Reflection Group Work Programme 2010-2011

The TACTICS INNO-Net project aims to address a number of new key challenges related to cluster development in Europe and it will be responsible for managing the European Cluster Alliance, an open platform for cluster policy makers established under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) of the European Commission.

In this framework, TACTICS will facilitate at EU level the development of better cluster policies, practical tools and incentives in 6 predefined thematic areas (see below), which then can be taken up and implemented at national and regional level in Europe.

TACTICS’ partners represent a core group of public innovation agencies (national and regional level) with Oseo (FR) coordinator, Vinnova (SE) , also WP leader for the setting up and coordination of the Reflection Group, NWDA (UK), IWT (BE), TMG (AT), PAED (PL) and Veneto Innovazione (IT).

For this work, the consortium will be assisted by a Reflexion Group of experts which will further elaborate the policy recommendations proposed by the European Cluster Policy Group (ECPG) and identify the best ways for their practical implementation.

The TACTICS Reflection Group will mainly focus on the following themes:

Striving for excellent clusters

  1. Fostering international cluster cooperation: Which policy incentives can be developed to foster international cluster cooperation? How can SMEs be better integrated into such international efforts and what measures can be taken to support SMEs’ engagement in world-competitive clusters? What are the barriers for trans-national cooperation within Europe and beyond in the field of clusters and what concrete policies can be recommended to remove them? How to better implement the specific ECPG recommendations in this area?
  2. Evaluating cluster excellence: How can cluster excellence and world-competitive clusters be defined? Which indicators and data could be used to measure cluster excellence? How does such a methodology depend on different factors such as the cluster sector or the maturity level of the cluster? Develop, test and validate such a methodology in 3 specific sectors. How to better implement the ECPG recommendations in this area?
  3. Supporting cluster marketing and branding: How to improve marketing in order to increase the clusters visibility in the global market? Are there some specific show cases of such practices in the EU or abroad? How can cluster initiatives support cluster marketing and branding? Which type of expertise is necessary and what is the role of cluster organisations in this respect?

Making better use of excellent clusters

  1. Using excellent clusters to address emerging industries incl. innovative services: How can excellent clusters become the regional drivers to better address emerging industries? How can they be used to build strong eco-systems for innovation? How can cooperation between excellent clusters from different sectors be used to develop innovative products and services in the “white fields” of innovation? How to better implement the ECPG recommendations in this area?
  2. Channelling RDI funding through excellent clusters: Does cluster excellence guarantee a more efficient spending of RDI funding? Are RDI programmes in the member states open enough and appropriate for clusters’ participation (both cluster organisations and cluster firms)? What can be the role of cluster organisation to support the commercialisation of R&D results? What could be the role of EU programmes such as FP8 and CIP II to support excellent clusters? What is the potential of existing mechanisms such as the ERC, the EIT, and the JTIs in this context? Which role for structural funds? How to achieve better synergies between the different European (and national/regional) instruments that support clusters and inter-cluster collaborations?
  3. User-driven excellent clusters: How can users needs be better accommodated through excellent clusters? How can more user communities (both public and non public) be involved in cluster activities, and what is the role of cluster organisations? How can pre-commercial public procurement be used through excellent clusters? Are there any good practices in the EU and what can we learn from them? Which policy actions can be proposed to support pre-commercial public procurement through clusters, and how can these be implemented?
  4. The whole work will be carried out through 6 task forces involving different members of the Reflection Group; each task force will hold 2 workshops during the project life.
  5. The 6 TACTICS workshops which will take place in 2010 are:

    • 2 workshops on "Fostering international cluster cooperation"
    • 2 workshops on "Channelling RDI funding through excellent clusters"
    • 1 workshop on "User-driven excellent clusters"
    • 1 workshop on "Supporting cluster marketing and branding"

    and in 2011:

    • 1 workshop on "User-driven excellent clusters"
    • 1 workshop on "Supporting cluster marketing and branding"
    • 2 workshops on “Evaluating cluster excellence”
    • 2 workshops on “Using excellent clusters to address emerging industries incl. innovative services”