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Innovation Strategies

Innovation Strategies for countries and regions.

Innovation strategies strengthen European, national, and regional economies. In the global competition between locations, a strong capacity for innovation is crucial – not just for businesses, but also for countries and regions.

Smart Specialization and the best possible innovation strategies

Smart specialisation is key to modern innovation strategies. In this line of thought, regions implement integrated, place-based agendas for knowledge-driven regional development while focusing their investments on a limited number of priorities. Specialization advantages should be further developed in a targeted manner without rigidly adhering to outdated strengths. At the same time, new opportunities for value creation should be identified in collaboration with key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem and developed purposefully. All these factors increase success rates of public policy and the long-term competitiveness of locations.

The demand for innovation strategies is growing, not just in the business sector. Increasingly, it is a matter of developing systemic solutions and cross-innovation for regions and countries alike. Promotion of innovation should also help to overcome challenges facing society – through targeted funding models and in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG, external link) of the United Nations.

The future of innovation promotion

It is increasingly important for regions – depending on their starting conditions – to pursue place-specific innovation policies. In this endeavour, regional innovation funding should use transformation roadmaps – creating and maintaining strong partnerships both inside and outside the region, at the global level. Strategy reviews and evaluations help in improving policy skills and pointing out future development pathways in specific domains of future specialisation.

Innovation strategies for countries and regions: A selection of our services

Development & evaluation of innovation strategies

We provide support along the entire policy cycle of innovation strategies: from the initial analyses of central future topics, to the development of strategic programmes and funding approaches (in collaboration with key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem) to the evaluation of performance and effectiveness of funding.

Strategies for smart specialization

With our Prognos Innovation Analytics toolkit we support the evidence-based development of strategies for smart specialization. We offer strategy development as well as accompanying studies and evaluations for the EU, European Member States and regions.


We advise the EU, countries, regions and individual cluster initiatives in their establishment, performance evaluation and strategic orientation.

Strategies and instruments for modern knowledge and technology transfer

We devise strategies and instruments for modern knowledge transfer and technology transfer as well as start-up support. Open innovation and innovation ecosystem models are important cornerstones of our consultancy.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

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How effective are EU support programs for innovation in SMEs?


The EU offers a wide range of innovation support for SMEs. Together with partners, Prognos investigated the extent to which the EU funding programs achieve their goals.

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Evaluation of the cluster initiatives


For the EU Commission, we evaluate the EU cluster programmes together with CSES and IDEA Consulting Group.

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Fields of action for lignite regions


How can structural change in lignite mining areas succeed? A Prognos study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics reveals possible approaches and instruments.

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Your contact at Prognos

Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer

Principal, Head of EU-Services

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Dr Olaf Arndt

Vice Director, Head of Region & Location

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Friedemann Koll

Project Manager

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Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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