The Innovation Union and the new European Cohesion Policy flagship initiative, part of the Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020), require Member States to develop strategic planning and programming at multiple levels, towards the formulation of a Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization – a prerequisite for using Structural Funds and essential to the dimension of Smart Growth.
Given its privileged place in the national scientific and innovation context, FCT is committed to promoting a broad and collective discussion on this issue to allow coordinated action among key stakeholders from both the public (universities, research institutions and national and regional administrations) and the private sectors, with the aim of identifying themes and strategic objectives for Portugal in 2020.
With that in mind, FCT set up a taskforce in 2012, which includes representatives of the Secretaria de Estado da Ciência to foster activities that will contribute to the development of a coordinated, regionally based, strategy.
FCT also created an interdepartmental working-group that carried out a diagnosis of the national research and innovation system, including a SWOT study, published in May 2013. This report formed the basis for foresight analyses and the organisation of thematic workshops, aimed at opening the debate to the research community and other actors in the system.
More on the Portuguese Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation.