World Bank Advises on How to Improve Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization in Poland


WEBWIRE – Friday, April 04, 2014

WARSAW – The World Bank today launched the Review of national and regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3) in Poland report at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. The main goal of the Review is to provide insights on how to improve the current Research and Innovation Strategies (RIS3), to better guide and increase the efficiency of public support for innovation at the national and regional level.  

To receive funds for innovation during the current 2014-2020 European Union (EU) financial perspective, Poland needs to develop a new innovation framework, including Research and Innovation Strategies (RIS3s), consistent with the new “smart specialization” concept developed by the European Commission.

In this context, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development has requested the World Bank’s assistance to (i) review (drafts of) the RIS3 strategies in Poland at the regional, macro-regional, and national level, and provide recommendations on how to help ensure their closer compliance with the European Commission’s ex ante conditionality on “smart specialization”; and (ii) assess the internal coherence of RIS3 strategies at the regional, macro-regional, and national levels.

“Poland is expected to receive more than €82.5 billion in structural funds during the new 2014-2020 EU financial perspective, of which about €10 billion will be earmarked for national and regional innovation programs. Profitable investment of these large funds will be key to ensuring long-term and sustainable socio-economic transformation, and continued convergence with the more developed regions and countries,” said Marcin Piątkowski, World Bank Senior Economist and one of authors of the report. “We are very pleased we could assist the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development in reviewing the draft RIS3 strategies and provide recommendations on how to further improve them so that they become a real tool for structural transformation of voivodships’ economies.”

According to the Bank’s Review, the existing RIS3 frameworks, while already quite developed, require additional work to be fully in line with the EC’s conditionalities. The key challenges for an innovation framework for Poland are:


The report also provides a list of recommendations on how to improve the RIS3s to enhance their impact on national and regional development and help meet the EC’s requirements:


 The RIS3 project complements a number of other engagements with the Polish authorities on supporting innovation.



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