The Centre of Excellence can support regions which wish to focus on strengthening their place-based innovation systems, as a key initiative to promote regional growth.
This will draw on European sources but also provide access to Australian work on place-based innovation systems, particularly those inspired by Smart Specialisation. The Hunter Valley and Gippsland, for example, are two regions that have set out to develop Smart Speciation Strategies (S3).
This will provide specific links to resources for regional leaders wanting to explore place-based innovation initiatives. It includes links to the European Union (EU) Guide to the implementation of smart specialisation strategies, the EU’s S3 Implementation Handbook, and instruments to guide different kinds of stakeholders and to support monitoring and evaluation.