What is SMART Specialisation?

SMART specialisation is an innovative approach that aims to boost growth and jobs in Europe, by enabling each region to identify and develop its own competitive advantages. Through its partnership and bottom-up approach, smart specialisation brings together local authorities, academia, business spheres and the civil society, working for the implementation of long-term growth strategies supported by EU funds. ​ 

  • SMART Identify the region’s own strengths and comparative assets​ 
  • SPECIALISED Prioritise research and innovation investment in competitive area ​ 
  • STRATEGIC Define a shared vision for regional innovation

Key Regional Opportunities in the Heart of the South West: 

  • Marine 
  • Microelectronics and Photonics 
  • Nuclear 
  • Aerospace 
  • Science and Innovation 

Initial Key Sector Focus:

  • Digital Technologies (including AI and Data Analysis) 
  • Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering 
  • Environmental Futures, Clean Growth and Renewables 
  • Marine 
  • Composite 
  • Construction & Hospitality (L&M) 
  • Generic L&M / STEM 
  • Demand Led 

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