The European Commission is launching a call for Regional Innovation Valleys (RIVs) to strengthen Europe's innovation ecosystems and address Europe's societal challenges, in particular those of digital and green transitions. The RIVs aim to identify up to 100 regions that commit to improving the coordination and focus of their research and innovation investments and policies at regional level and to collaborate on interregional innovation projects.
This initiative is open to all regions willing to join the effort and are encouraged to define their commitment by 18 September 2023. RIVs is supported by the European Committee of the Regions and aims to bridge the innovation divide and build a stronger, more cohesive and more competitive Union.
For lagging behind rural areas, this call is particularly relevant as the initiative aims to strengthen and advance innovative ecosystems in all EU territories, including rural areas. Rural regions can also address their specific needs and contribute to solving Europe's most pressing societal challenges by collaborating in interregional innovation projects.
For more details on the appeal, please refer to the following link.
- Publication date
- 27 April 2023
- Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development | Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy