The Strategic project on Trans-national Commercial Activities in Research & Innovation, Clusters and in SME
Project duration 09.2010-12.2013
The StarDust project brought academic, business and public world together to find better solutions for the Baltic Sea Region.
The overall objective was to find new answers for societal challenges that the people around the Baltic Sea are facing. Increasing water pollution and an ageing population are just two examples of those. StarDust turned these challenges into opportunities for growth. Five transnational innovation subprojects addressing big societal challenges were developed within StarDust: Active for Life, Clean Water, Comfort in Living, MarChain and Mobile Vikings. Estonian Maritime Academy was mainly involved in MarChain sub-project resulting in mapping and analyzing Estonian Maritime Cluster.
Their cooperation highlighted that common problems must be addressed jointly. Therefore, every project combined researchers, clusters, SME-networks and public actors from different countries around the Baltic Sea. The projects brought different expertise and perspectives together. This transnational cooperation gave the creative approach that was needed to meet the grand challenges.
The five transnational projects were the core of StarDust. They operated in the fields of clean technology & future energy, wellbeing & health, future transport, and digital business & services. New commercial-based concepts and routines relating transnational, national, regional and local levels were indentified and implemented. The projects involved all fields of innovations (scientific, technical as well as non-technical) with the aim of developing business-focused competitive global positions in selected fields. In this way, the project increased the growth of the region by fostering business ideas and setting up competitive partnerships beyond the national borders.
In total, StarDust mobilized 34 partners from the public and semi-public sector. These partners were supported by 33 associated partners from national, regional and local levels. This set of partners represented all national ministries and innovation agencies in the ten Baltic Sea countries. The five pilots were supported by five work packages, for example regarding their communication or collaboration.
The innovation project StarDust was a transnational project co-financed by the European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013, which promoted regional development through transnational cooperation. StarDust was enacted under the priority area 1 aiming on fostering innovation with a total budget of 6,5 million Euros. StarDust builds on earlier cooperation and is in line with the earlier transnational projects (like BSR InnoNet and BSR_CBP projects).
StarDust was a part of the BSR Stars programme and it was viewed as the next milestone towards its full implementation. The BSR Stars programme represented the first flagship within Chapter 7 in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. This so-called macro strategy was decided by the European Council in 2009. It was the first macro strategy of the EU aiming on developing the region into a globally leading region. The priority area 7 was coordinated by the polish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, VINNOVA. VINNOVA also lead the project StarDust.
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