Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart Bioeconomy Clusters and Innovation Ecosystems


12.6.2017 - 31.12.2020
Interreg - Baltic Sea Region
Projektin kuvaus

RDI2CluB -
Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart Bioeconomy Clusters and
Innovation Ecosystems

Duration: Oct 2017 - Sep 2020

Funding: Interreg Baltic Sea region

Total budget: EUR 2.7 million
European Regional Development Fund: EUR 1.5 million
Norwegian Funding: EUR 0.4 million

The project consortium had 12
partners from five countries (FI, NO, PL, LV, EE) and several associated

The Lead Partner is JAMK University
of Applied Sciences from Finland

Summary of the project

Mission of the projects

Bioeconomy means economic activities that utilize the biological natural resources and turn them into food, energy, and other products and services providing jobs and business opportunities. The rural areas of Baltic Sea region have a great potential for bioeconomy as they have abundant natural resources. However, these regions struggle to reach their full potential due to limited human capital, business networks and clusters. So far, the small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in bioeconomy are mostly in traditional, resource-based industries that have not taken full advantage of latest technology and service innovations.


RDI2CluB –project (Rural RDI milieus in transition towards smart bioeconomy clusters and innovation ecosystems), was part of the Interreg Baltic Sea region project family of 2014-2020 under the Priority 1 'Capacity for innovation' that was dedicated to actions strengthening the ability of the Baltic Sea region to create and commercialize innovation.

RDI2CluB united authorities, RDI institutes (research, development, and innovation institutes) and business development bodies from five regions to a joint quest of boosting smart and sustainable bioeconomy development in the rural areas of Baltic Sea region. The five regions of the RDI2CluB partnership were:

  • Central Finland/Finland
  • Inland/Norway
  • Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship/Poland
  • Vidzeme/Latvia
  • Estonia

At the core of RDI2CluB was a transnational learning process that resulted in Regional Bioeconomy Profiles, and Joint Action Plan for developing innovation capacity and enhancing smart specialization. Thereafter, the partner regions built a model for transnational innovation co-operation, called Biobord Operating Model,  and a digital platform, Biobord, that functions as a meeting place and innovation arena for bioeconomy developers. Finally, piloting with the SMEs provided feedback on the smart specialization potential in bioeconomy as well as helps to validate the usability and functionality of the transnational innovation model and to scale up the digital platform. A long-term network agreement between RDI2CluB partners was formed on the basis of the Joint Action Plan and the model for transnational innovation co-operation enabled by the Biobord platform.

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