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Innovation as a Service for accelerated innovation and industrial transition in industrial rural and remote areas with low innovation capacity in the Danube Region


Acronym: IaaS 4 DR
Framework: Danube Reginal Programme
Duration of the project: 01.01.2024 - 30.06.2026

Aim of the project:

The IaaS4DR project, is designed to revolutionize innovation support and technology transfer in the Danube region, particularly targeting industrial rural and remote areas with low innovation capacities. The project's main objective is to deliver locally, durably improved, and integrated innovation support services. This will be achieved by enhancing the capabilities of business support organizations, innovation intermediaries, and technology transfer institutions. 
Key objectives include: 

  • Capacity Building: Increasing innovation support competence across regions. 
  • Collaboration Models: Enhancing integration among regional innovation service providers.
  • Transnational Expertise: Facilitating access and the use of external, advanced innovation support services on demand. 

The project aims to transform traditional, linear, and top-down approaches into dynamic, integrated services that significantly exceed existing capabilities by leveraging limited local resources with broader transnational support. This strategic shift is expected to foster a more competitive and smarter Danube Region, well-equipped to face the future challenges of industrial transition and innovation.

Project partners:

  1. Technical University of Kosice (SK)
  2. Regional Innovation Center of Kosice Region (SK)
  3. Technologiezentrum Horb GmbH & Co. KG (DE)
  4. Atrineo (DE)
  5. Pomurje Technology Park (SI)
  6. Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
  8. Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (AT)
  9. Business Development Agency of Karlovy Vary Region (CZ)
  10. Development agency of the City of Prijedor “PREDA” (BA)
  11. Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (RO)
  12. North-East Regional Development Agency (RO)
  13. Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Noprofit Limited (HU)
  14. Association for Democratic Prosperity – Zid (ME)
  15. Innovative Composite Technologies Center (UA)
  16. Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AT)

Activity of PBN:

PBN will be in charge of coordinating the regional IaaS node for the West-Transdanubian region and involve the regional stakeholders in the activities. PBN will host a study visit on smart spaces, building on the am-Lab innovation hub and at.home. PBN will also co-lead the development of the blended learning platform and transnational professional community, in collaboration with PP4 Atrineo and PP8 FHV. PBN is participating in developing setting up transnational pilots for better integrated innovation support services on the regional and transnational level, and rolling out pilot approaches building primarily on smart integrated spaces for innovation and industrial transfer and rolling out pilot approaches building primarily on smart integrated services for innovation and industrial transfer.

Budget in Euro:
Project budget: 2.720.670 €
Interreg Funds(total): 2.176.366 €
Interreg Funds (PBN):152.880 €

Project homepagehttps://interreg-danube.eu/projects/iaas-4-dr
Program homepage: https://interreg-danube.eu/
Project manager: Regina Rosta-Pethő (regina.petho@pbn.hu)

'This project is supported by the Interreg Danube Region Programme project co-funded by the European Union'