Smart specialisation is one of the cornerstones of innovation policy across the European Union.
Implementation of the smart specialisation approach requires aligning priorities for economic, research and development (R&D) and education policies. The aim is to support knowledge-based economic development by focusing on specific areas of specialisation.
Smart specialisation is the common thread running through the Estonian Entrepreneurship Growth Strategy 2014-2020 and the Estonian Research and Development and Innovation Strategy 2014-2020 “Knowledge-based Estonia”.
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The selection process of Estonian growth areas was lead by the Estonian Development Fund (Eesti Arengufond).
Growth areas were chosen based on the current specialisation of the Estonian economy and research as well as global trends. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on gathering input from Estonian entrepreneurs and scientists about which areas of business had a higher likelihood of translating R&D and innovation investments into international competitive advantage.
Smart specialisation growth areas:
- Information and communication technology (ICT) horizontally through other sectors
- Health technologies and services
- Enhancement of resources
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Analysis and overviews
- Smart Specialisation – Qualitative Analysis (Estonian Development Fund, 2013)
- Research in Estonia. Publications.
- Invest in Estonia
- Study on the Progress of Growth Areas
Smart specialisation support measures
- Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas („Nutikas“)
- Technology Competence Centers (Applied Research Centers)
- Development of clusters
- Innovation procurement
- Startup Estonia
- Scholarships in smart specialisation growth areas
- R&D program for enhancement of resources
- Applied research and experimental development program
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The governing body for smart specialisation in Estonia is the Smart Specialisation Steering Committee, representing the interests of business, universities and the public sector by the following:
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications - Viljar Lubi
- Ministry of Education and Research - Indrek Reimand
- Ministry of Finance - Jaanus Karv
- Government Office - Anne Jürgenson
- Universities Estonia - Maarja Kruusmaa
- Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Mait Palts
- Estonian Service Industry Association - Riin Ehin
Counsellor of the Economic Development Department
Phone: +372 625 6389
mikk.vahtrus [at] mkm.ee