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The role of policy in driving innovation and regional growth Mr. Thomas Byrne, Director, South-East Regional Authority Porto, May 27 th 2014 South-East regional profile Innovation policy: some key drivers
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The role of policy in driving innovation and regional growth Mr. Thomas Byrne, Director, South-East Regional Authority Porto, May 27 th 2014 South-East regional profile Innovation policy: some key drivers Policy overview Regional perspective Socio-economic Regional Profile Area of region 9,406 (13.5% of the State) Population 511,000 Population density (persons per sq. km.) 53 Urban v Rural Population 45% v 55% Working age (15-64) 331,000 Labour Force 224,000 Labour Force participation rate 57.5% Numbers in employment 181,800 Numbers unemployed 42,100 Unemployment rate (State = 13.7%) 15% Total GVA per capita (State = 100) 68.3% Disposable income per capita (State = 100) 92.9% IDA assisted companies in the region (FDI) 70 National Policy for innovation: key drivers oeconomic crisis catalyst omore hands-on approach from government prioritise support for RDI, targeted /interventionist measures o Smart specialisation strategies identify area s of potential concentrate on limited priorities leading to excellence, economic returns or&d spend lower than OECD and EU-27 avgs. oinnovation, KT, R&D policy tends to be top down Innovation Taskforce: Report of the Innovation Taskforce (2010) Main national policy driver Positioning Ireland as an Innovation Hub Suitability of Ireland to become an Innovation hub Creation of innovation eco-system Investing 3% of GDP in R&D Co-ordinated public research investment Marketing, attracting high quality Venture capital IP best practice, metrics and protocols Education system promoting creativity and entrepreneurial skills Strengthen linkages between education and industry Physical infrastructure broadband, lab space, incubation European Level National policies align with Lisbon Agenda Horizon 2020 Innovation Union scoreboard EU more innovative but the differences between Member States are still high and diminish only slowly All Innovation leaders (27) located in just 8 member states Ireland an innovation follower and leader region specific Aligning with the EU's R&I strategies Where national priorities and European priorities match we will find the areas of greatest opportunity. Regional National The recently published report from the Research Prioritisation Steering Group, which has been adopted by Government, has identified 14 priority areas that are the focus of future State investment in research and innovation. European Other key players in supporting innovation Higher Education Authority (HEA) research and research capacity at HEI level (PRTLI programme) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funding support, programmes to strengthen research bases how Ireland needs to target future R&D investments in areas that have a direct link to both future economic and societal needs Enterprise Ireland (EI) wide ranging supports for innovation, technology and knowledge transfer E.g. TTO network, Research centre, Innovation Vouchers BICs, CEBs (LEOs), IDA, Forfas Other local enterprise and national development agencies Key policy areas that impact Innovation, KT and RDI National Spatial Strategy Regional Planning Guidelines Future of Higher Education to 2030 The Hunt Report Other developments Local and regional government review Role of regions and structures to change Other unknowns Regional perspective * Policy is centralised, driven by national government * Policy context and framework is clear, but less clear is role of regional development and in particular imbalances between different regions, a deficiency in the national innovation policy that should be addressed as a matter of priority (BMW Audit of Innovation System, 2011) * Little or no spatial or regional emphasis deficient in recognition of role of regions innovation systems as a complement to national innovation system * No defined or specific policy unique to SE region, but... South-East Region has key and established strengths in networks, creating linkages and partnerships, collaborating inter-regionally and stimulating co-operation * Activity at regional level * Technological University, amalgamation, 2016/2016 * Clustering, critical mass and scale, exchange * Kilkenny Innovation & Research Centre (2012) collaborative, high quality * ArcLabs Innovation Centre (WIT) * Importance in regions aligning their policies with national priorities and government objectives Strong innovation policy can Create the conditions and environment for growth Remove barriers Overcome the disconnect between policy and practice Ensure public expenditure is effectively utilised Get value from public research Support SMEs and link with knowledge providers Improve regional innovation systems through linkages Result in regional growth Create jobs and entrepreneurial activity Increase competitiveness Thank you Thomas Byrne
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