Developing an Alpine Space Research, Development and Innovation Area by lowering barriers for cross-regional cooperation

EUSALP synergies

ARDIA-Net is fully aligned with overall European Alpine Macroregional Strategy EUSALP. It especially supports competitive RDI, thus Action Group 1 and 2. The impulse for the project came from AG2, especially Subgroup Bioeconomy/Clusters. It develops a coordinated transnational effort for regions to cooperate across sectors of high relevance for EUSALP and to strengthen the economic potential of strategic sectors identified through the S3, by developing an effective research and innovation ecosystem.

S3-4AlpClusters synergies

Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) are a lever of EU Cohesion Policy. One of the biggest challenges is to make use of the interplay between S3 and clusters. S3-4AlpClusters aims to develop a joint transnational action to improve cooperation and improve an S3-based innovation model for cluster development. It enhances a fully synchronized call scheme and new services validated by pilot clusters.

AlpLinkBioEco synergies

A missing holistic transnational/regional approach in the Alpine Space causes existing actors in the bio-based economy to operate disjointed. AlpLinkBioEco will then create a cross Alpine Space circular bio-based strategy, establishing awareness, assessing, selecting and creating transnational/regional new value chains connecting all relevant actors, and demonstrating the implementation of succesful business opportunities.

AlpGov synergies

AlpGov aims at implementing EUSALP governance structures and mechanisms as outlined in the EUSALP Action Plan. Due to its holistic approach, practically covering the whole territory, involving all EUSALP Action Group Leaders and further stakeholders, considering all topics of the EUSALP Action Plan, ensuring linkages to relevant implementing bodies, developing tools for managing knowledge and unlocking investment, AlpGov will systematically trigger and guide a governance innovation process.

DanuBioValNet synergies

The DanuBioValNet project, launched in 2017 through a cross-regional partnership involving 16 partners from 10 Danube regions, enhance transformation from fossil-based economy towards an economy using renewable resources by creating Danube bio-based value-added networks. The aim of this project is to develop new methods, strategies and tools to connect Danube actors (SMEs, farmers, universities, research institutes, etc.) in a bio-based industry.


A-RING’s main project goal is to establish the basis for an effective and permanent transnational cooperation among different levels and actors, to develop a shared R&I policies for the Alpine Region (AR). The project fosters mutual recognition among policymaking, clusters, research and business, enhancing an active role of R&I bodies in local and regional development and innovation in strategic topics within AR.