Blue technology - Developing innovative technologies for sustainability of Adriatic Sea
Main challenges in Programme area according to EUSAIR are low competitiveness on international markets of SMEs, the effectiveness of the innovation activities, human skills capacities, lack of support schemes and weak involvement of stakeholders and interrelation of business, research and the public sector in sectors of blue economy. To tackle these challenges, Innovamare project aim is to enhance framework conditions on cross-border level by jointly develop and implement strategical and operational level capacity that consist of mix of policy instruments and innovation players as a frame for development of innovative technologies for sustainability of Adriatic Sea. Project is set up on mission-oriented approach that rather than focusing on sectors – as in traditional industrial policy – mission-oriented policy focuses on problem-specific societal challenges, which many different sectors interact to solve. In this case we are focusing on using mix of policy instruments together with innovation players to increase effectiveness of innovation activities of underwater robotics and sensors in direction of sustainability of Adriatic sea as a crucial strategical societal challenge on cross-border level. Thru process of integration we will use bottom up and demand
driven approach. Innovamare project has 9 main outputs: 1. development of a crossborder network for scientific-research sector and the private sector based on demand and offers 2. Developed methodology and business plan for DIH for innovative underwater robotics and sensors and living lab in Adriatic sea,3. Designed and implemented questionnaire for stakeholders, 4. Developed tools and workshop materials for raising human capital, 5. Pilot action I. - creating a prototype that is innovative robotic solution as a platform for development of solutions for monitoring and prediction of the sea pollution, 6. Pilot action II. – analysis of the obtained results on pilot action I and guidelines for the improvement of underwater conditions, 7. Established DIH (Digital innovation Hub) for innovative underwater robotics and sensors and living lab in Adriatic sea, 8. Developed strategy and action plan for the enhancement of framework conditions for raising collaboration and networking in the field of robotics and sensors for further steps in public policies based on quadruple helix approach, 9. Policy recommendations.