TCI member SPRI - Basque Business Development Agency is leading the Interreg Europe CLUSTERS3 project “Leveraging Cluster Policies for successful implementation of RIS3”, which runs from 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2020.
This project was approved along with other 64, among the 261 projects submitted in the first call for Interreg Europe 2016. The the European Union (Interreg Europe/ ERDF) supports the project with 1.832.637 Euros.


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The consortium is formed by 9 partners from 7 European regions:

1. SPRI Society for Competitive Transformation (Business Development Agency of the Basque
Government) ES
2. Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation ES
3. Lubelskie Voivodeship PL
4. Piedmont Region IT
5. Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia LV
6. HajdúBihar County Council HU
7. Highlands and Islands Enterprise UK
8. Invest Northern Ireland UK
9. TCI Network ES


The CLUSTERS3 project aims at improving the regional policy instruments of the participating regions committed to cluster based economic development. And more specifically, the performance of cluster organizations in the development of global value chains and in leveraging the regional smart specialization strategies (RIS3) implementation. In order to achieve these goals, the project partners carry out a set of activities divided into two phases:


Phase 1: Interregional learning

The knowledge and experiences sharing process engages the different partners in joint thematic workshops and site visits, where each regional authority partner explains and discusses their own practices and experiences. Other activities connected with this process are: peer review activities, identification and evaluation of best practices, transfer of best practices through B2B sessions, networking events and surveys, among others.


Phase 2: Implementation
In this phase, each regional authority partner plans, develops and implements suitable interventions at regional level to improve the policy instruments addressed. This intervention will be based on all the learned lessons in the previous phase.


As advisory partner, TCI provides experiences and knowledge to the project based on its own expertise developed over the past years and connects the project itself with the wider community of practitioners in Europe and worldwide. TCI's role includes identifying  and selecting external experts in the field of cluster policy and smart specialization to provide the specific expertise required in the different parts of the project, such as the peer reviews.