The Regional Innovation Strategy of the South Moravian Region 2014–2020 (below as the RIS SMR) is a fundamental strategic document of the South Moravian Region and the statutory city of Brno for implementing policy to support competiveness, founded in particular on innovation and maximizing the economic benefits of public investment into research and education.
The RIS SMR was established to create the conditions for competitive, knowledge-intensive business, in particular through investment in raising standards in education and research, improving the image of the SMR and through direct support of entrepreneurial activities - in the case of market failure (e.g. support for startups or supporting knowledge-intensive activities in mature companies).
The RIS SMR 2014 - 2020 is now the fourth generation of the RIS. The first generation was discussed in 2002, the second in 2005 and the third in 2009. The third generation RIS SMR was simultaneously approved as a strategic document by the statutory city of Brno and the SMR.
The RIS SMR was formulated based on wide-ranging involvement of the relevant partners in education, research and the innovation ecosystems of Southern Moravia. Identification of the key problem areas, proposed solutions and the formulation of objectives, measures and projects are the product of many working group meetings. The procedure adopted throughout the formulation period complies with methodology of the European Commission and the instructions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, as guarantor for fulfilment of the EC’s preliminary conditions.
Smart Specialization Strategy
The Smart Specialization Strategy effectively targets funds (European, national, regional and private) towards activities that strengthen innovation capacity and towards the priority-marked areas of those specializations striving to increase the competitiveness of the Czech Republic.
In the Czech context, the output from fulfilling these preliminary conditions has been the Regional Innovation Strategies, the regional dimensions of which are provided in the 14 regional appendices, focused on the specifics of forming a regional innovation strategy for the regions in question. One aspect of these regional appendices is to detail with greater precision the national priorities in relation to science and research, and the innovation potential of that particular region. The RIS SMR is just such a strategy for South Moravia.