(2018 – on going) – Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)

Fostering collaboration through mapping, analysing and interlinking of European Entrepreneurial Regions

The general objective of this proyect is to strengthen the impact of existing actions aimed at further developing start-up and scale up support by building on the experience of some of Europe’s most entrepreneurial regions and capitalising on the Committee of the Regions’s links to and communication channels with regions and local actors.

(2017 – on going) Tuscany Region

Mid-term review of the regional S3


Ismeri Europa supports the Tuscany Region in the process of reviewing its Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). The work will synthesize and integrate the updated roadmaps as proposed by the Technological Districts and by the regional offices in charge of establishing and implementing the regional industry 4.0 strategy.  This activity allows (through Ismeri’s RED database) the comparison of the proposed roadmaps with the European research scenario developed under the Horizon 2020 programme. Ismeri Europa will then carry out benchmarking analyses at EU level to assess the competitive advantage in the research areas supported by the S3 of the Tuscany region and its main R&D assets and therefore to validate the proposed updates.

(2017 – on going) – EC/Dg Regio

EU-CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion – EU-Argentina Regional Policy Cooperation on Multi-Level Governance Systems

Technical assistance and support to the Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina and the Ministries concerned, for the design and implementation of regional policies, for which European Union experience is regarded as of high importance. The specific project objectives are:

–  Assistance in the overall design of the federal system of territorial development, focusing on the process of interaction of the three tiers of government, as well as civil society; Assistance in the development of the principles, standards and the specific regulations for the planning, management and measurement of the impact of productive development projects in provinces and municipalities;  Assistance in the design of capacity building programmes (training of trainers) for national, provincial and local actors, public and private, involved in the processes of planning and management of territorial development programmes;  Assistance in the launch of two territorial development pilot projects in two Argentinian Provinces.


(2016) – Tuscany Region

Monitoring the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) of Tuscany Region

The objective of the work was to provide an up to date measure of the implementation of the S3 strategy (years 2014 and 2015) and offer an in depth analysis of the technology trends and of the coherence with the strategy, emerging from the projects financed under the S3. The activities carried out by Ismeri Europa involved the measuring of the indicators indicated in the strategy and the analysis of the monitoring data of the regional programmes (especially regarding the  ERDF operational programme) in order to measure the implementation of the S3 accordingly with the priority areas and roadmaps of the strategy. Furthermore Ismeri Europa has provided an analysis of the technology level (through RED methodology)   of the regional R&D projects financed under the S3 and those developed within the European research scenario of Horizon 2020 in order to identify specific research trends and suggest possible adjustments of the strategy.

(2014 – 2015) EC/Dg Research

Analysis of the role and engagement of universities with regard to participation in the framework programmes

analysis of the participation of universities in the context of the framework programmes of research and technological development (FP4-FP7) in terms of motivation, partnerships created and scientific output. The analysis also investigates reasons for rejection and paths of non-successful proposals. A mix of methods is used, including: statistical analysis of combined databases, social network analysis, case studies and interviews. The study aims at providing an input to the ex post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme

(2014 – 2015) Emilia Romagna Region

Technology assessment of the regional innovation network in Emilia-Romagna, II PHASE

Comparative assessment of the technological and economic results of the industrial research laboratories financed by the regional research programme; evaluation of their capacity to carry out industrial research activities and technology transfer to local enterprises; analysis of the sustainability of each laboratory; assessment of the technological potential and of the competitive positioning of the laboratories at the European level; identification of key constraints for the competitiveness of the laboratories and formulation of recommendations for overcoming obstacles; assistance to the Region in the definition of research support measure in relation to the ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020.

(2013 – 2014) Italian Ministry of Economic Development

Technical assistance to design support schemes for business RTD aiming at developing a “sustainable industry”

ISMERI provided technical assistance to support designing a national call for tenders for business research and innovation projects. The focus was on “sustainable industry” and, in line with EU2020, the financed projects should aim at promoting an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth. We used our data on FP7 participation to identify the most important key technologies which are relevant for the agreed definition of “sustainable industry”, and to estimate the potential demand for the business sector. Based on this information, some focus groups involving sectorial experts, policy makers and firms were organised to discuss and shortlist the most promising investment priorities. Differently from the past and similar support initiatives, the policy maker started from a knowledge base of key technology fields and catalysed the stakeholders’ discussion on those.

(2012 – 2013) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Evaluation of the impacts of the measures for human capital development on business innovation capacity

The project, implemented on the basis of the National Operative Programme (NOP) Industry and the NOP Research 2000-2006, in Convergence regions includes qualitative and quantitative analysis, questionnaire design and an online survey of the beneficiary firms. The analysis is based organizing and carrying out field work and direct interviews of 600 enterprises, case studies and focus groups.

(2010 – 2013) Emilia Romagna Region

Technology assessment of the regional innovation network in Emilia-Romagna

The Technology Assessment project consists in: mapping the regional innovation system with a special focus on the high-tech network of labs and the associated actors (firms and university depts.); carrying out a benchmarking of the network in relation to European best practices, which aims at assessing the appropriateness of the technological roadmaps followed by the regional actors; identifying strategic and operational directions to support the improvement of the organisational arrangements which characterise the functioning of the network. The regional mapping and benchmarking requires extensive methodological work, in particular monitoring and evaluation tools as well as the preparation of analytical templates for the analysis and benchmarking of technology platforms. The analysis carried out also entails elements of quality control and consistency of reporting  across sectors.   As part of the analytical work, databases of key performance indicators are set up and managed. The final task of the project (action plan) requires developing guidance material since the team supports the region in preparing a plan for the future development of the network. All the above activities require a capacity to ensure backstopping in short notice to the Client.

(2011 – 2013) EC/Dg Regio

EU-Latin America cooperation on Regional Innovation Systems in the framework of EU Regional Policy

The project consists in the design and provision of training and tutoring services to support preparation and implementation of regional strategy of innovation and to support the development of services for the inclusion of SMEs in the innovation system. The cooperation involves the EC, Emilia-Romagna region (Italy), Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), and two regions where the EC provides external assistance: the State of St. Catarina (Brazil) and the Province of Cordoba (Argentina). The project’s activities include: a series of workshops in LA, study visits in Europe and tutoring in both Argentina and Brazil. The preparation and delivery of the training requires a methodological work which includes also a specific module on policy monitoring and evaluation. The projects final outputs include a set of guidelines/manuals on how to prepare and implement a regional strategy of innovation as well as guidelines for managing innovative services for SMEs. This includes elements of quality assurance as well.

(2010 – 2014) EC/Dg Enterprise

Regional Innovation Monitor (I – II Phase)

The Regional Innovation Monitor (RIM) aims to become a reference EU framework, supporting national, regional and local administration policy-makers, regional administrators, innovation programme managers, other innovation actors and researchers in the EU in the development of more efficient regional innovation strategies. The project consists of collecting quali-quantitative information on the RTDI performance of European regions, analysing and publishing it on a Commission Web repository. The first phase entailed the production of: baseline regional profiles across the EU27, regional policy papers concerning innovation performance and challenges, governance, regional policy mix.

(2009 – 2011) EC/Dg Regio

Regional innovation systems in Latin America

The project consisted in selecting two South American regions on the basis of the research and innovation features, analysing their innovation systems and set the basis for establishing research cooperation initiatives with European regions. The team designed and applied a methodology for analysing in detail the functioning and performance of the systems. Two case studies were drafted on the State of St. Catarina (Brazil) and on the Province of Cordoba (Argentina). The analysis provided an detailed mapping of the regional innovation actors (businesses and research centres, firms and clusters, public knowledge and technology intermediaries, national and regional policy makers etc.), their local and international linkages. Desk research and interviews with key stakeholders were carried out to collect data and key performance indicators of the functioning of the systems and identify directions for future cooperation with the EU.

(2007-2008) – Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Ex-ante evaluation of the 2007-13 Convergence objective NOP “Research and Competitiveness Ministry of Education Universities and Research

The study assesses the completeness of the context analysis , the internal and external strategic coherence and estimates the impact of the programme. The programme amounts to 3600 million Euros and is devoted to supporting industrial research, excellence training, infrastructures and equipment to carry out frontier research.

(2005 – 2006) EC/Dg Regio

Strategic evaluation on innovation and the knowledge based economy, in relation to the structural and cohesion funds 2007-13

The project involved the drafting of 27 national reports (EU25 + Bulgaria and Romania) and the preparation of a EU27 synthesis report concerning: innovation potential in Europe; national and regional RTDI policy trends; the impact of Community support on knowledge and innovation policy across European regions; the promotion of good practices in innovation policy. The main goal of the study was to provide a set of strategic and operational recommendations to be used by DG Regional Policy geographical units in preparing the negotiations with the Member States for the period 2007-2013 and to prepare the next operational programmes.

(2006 – 2007) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Impact assessment of the industrial research projects co-financed by NOP Research 2000-2006

This assignment follows the mid-term evaluation of the NOP Research and aims at shedding light on the actual impacts that the aid schemes for industrial research are likely to have produced some years after the projects’ conclusion. Data have been collected by means of an online questionnaire and analysed statistically. The focus was on creation of stable relationships with other firms and research centres, patenting, types of innovation and marketability of  technical solutions, assessment of the actual profitability or cost effectiveness of the projects, considering the amount of public resources spent. Final recommendations focused on how to improve future added value of intervention.

(2002 – 2005) – Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Mid-term evaluation of the “NOP Research” 2000-06

The objective of this project was the evaluation of the programme and the development of recommendations on possible modifications and adjustments. This project included the evaluation of almost 1000 projects (3.200 Meuro) of excellence training and industrial research in high tech applications. This activity required the assessment of specialized training carried out by universities in specific scientific areas and of its coherence with the particular needs of firms. This, in turn, involved field research of almost 300 projects of industrial research to analyze their impact on firms’ competitiveness. A set of 30 quantitative performance indicators was collected and analyzed to highlight the impact of the project at different levels: human resources, field patents, type of innovation (product or process), impact of the market position of the firms etc.