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Newsletter vol 08: Scotland Pilot

Scotland doesn’t have a Smart Specialisation Strategy per se, although the Scottish Government and its agencies have commissioned various studies to work out how research and innovation strategies can best contribute to the economic growth of the region. These pieces of work include the Scottish Government’s response to the EU Commission’s consultation on the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation for 2014 – 2020, which identified the priority sectors of food and drink, sustainable tourism, finance and business services, universities, creative industries, energy (particularly marine energy) and life sciences.

Scotland has instead chosen to integrate a smart specialisation approach into its current Economic Strategy, published in 2015. This newsletter sets out an overarching framework and priorities for the Scottish Government based on the mutually supportive goals of boosting economic competitiveness and tackling inequality.

You can read more info on the Scottish pilot in the Newsletter volume 08

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