Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) established the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) to increase the innovation capacity in areas of Europe not directly benefitting from the activities of EIT Health and other EIT Knowledge and Information Communities (KICs).
In keeping with this mission, EIT Health's RIS is designed to close the gap between regions that are leaders in healthcare innovation and areas that have more moderate innovation. The goal is to help citizens in less developed European countries enjoy the benefits of innovation – and have access to new products and services supporting active aging and healthy living.
In 2018, EIT Health RIS activities will focus on two main areas of action:
- the involvement of RIS stakeholders in EIT Health programmes;
- the development of local innovation ecosystems in RIS regions, through the dissemination of the knowledge triangle integration model.
We address the gaps between EIT Health's network of Co-location Centres (CLCs) and RIS regions by opening up EIT Health education and business creation programmes for RIS entities, as a way to support the market introduction of new products and services.
We seek to strengthen local innovation ecosystems and contribute to innovation project development by providing the opportunity and necessary tools and methods for RIS stakeholders to:
- participate in Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI) workshops, to learn how to bring together local actors from the areas of research, education and business;
- learn best practices from CLCs;
- develop local strategies;
- identify unique assets and funding oportunities
- take part in networking events.
The whole RIS program will support learning and adaptation of best practices. Knowledge will flow from CLCs to InnoStars members within EIT Health, who translate this knowledge to local environments with moderate innovation capacities and transfer this adapted and tailor-made knowledge to RIS regions.
RIS will be implemented together with competitively selected Partners in NUTS 2 level regions of RIS eligible countries. Geographical coverage is extended gradually year-by-year. RIS 2018 will provide an opportunity for all important stakeholders of ten RIS regions to be engaged with the EIT Health network and activities. Specific target groups include: students, PhDs, innovators, entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, start-ups, SMEs, companies, municipalities, citizens, patients and healthcare providers.