Estonian Regional Innovation Strategy (ERIS) was a project financed from Regional Innovation Strategies in AC initiative of the European Commission.
The project consortium consisted of Tallinn Technology Park Development Foundation which acts as a coordinator and represents North-Estonia, Narva Business Advisory Services Foundation, which represents East-Estonia, University of Tartu Pärnu College, which represents West-Estonia, Institute of Baltic Studies from Estonia, Culminatum from Finland, Hamburg Innovation from Germany and Forfas from Ireland.
The proposal had the following specific operational objectives:
- Building a regional consensus among main actors of innovation in target regions
- Raising public awareness both at regional and national level about the key role of innovation in regional economic development
- Identifying and analysing the needs of regional enterprises with special attention to the needs of SMEs
- Analysing the regional supply of innovation and innovation support
- Preparing a strategic framework and 3 regional innovation action plans
- Implementing regional innovation pilot actions
- Setting up a regional innovation monitoring and assessment system
- Promoting the interregional cooperation with the other regions in Europe
The project covered three Estonian regions: West-Estonia, North-Estonia and East- Estonia with total population of more than 1 000 000 inhabitants and with area of more than 30 000 square kilometres.