Call of Interest for Regions

Join the RURITAGE Board of Regions together with other European regional authorities interested in understanding how to integrate Cultural and Natural Heritage into their Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3) to further achieve a sustainable growth in their territories.

Key Points

Eligible Beneficiaries

European regional authorities

Application form

Available here

Open

19 April – 7 May 2021

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Introduction

RURITAGE would like to engage EU Regions, which are directly responsible to develop priorities within their Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3), in order to boost the integration of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CNH) with their strategic research and innovation priorities and to ensure a connection with already selected priorities.

Regional authorities around Europe are now undertaking the process of updating/ improving their Regional Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3) strategies for the upcoming Programming Period 2021-2027. This is a crucial time to raise the awareness of the potential role of CNH within such strategies as one of the focuses for research and innovation. This will further boost CNH roles in rural development and regeneration processes across Europe and beyond.

In this context, that RURITAGE organized a Dialogue Breakfast webinar, in November 2020, initiating a discussion around the potential relevance of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CNH) within the upcoming regional innovation strategies. The full recording of the webinar is available under webinar recordings here. You can also access a short report about the webinar by clicking here.

The RURITAGE Board of Regions will be composed of European regional authorities that have an interest in understanding how to integrate Cultural and Natural Heritage into their Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3), contributing to achieving sustainable growth in their territories. To this aim, the RURITAGE Board of Regions will ensure a minimum geographical representation, whenever possible, and a diverse level of knowledge and implementation of RIS3 at the local level.

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Why apply?

Following the call, the selected regional authorities will have the opportunity to receive, discuss and improve recommendations regarding Cultural and Natural Heritage integration into Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3), learning from other regions, and having the possibility of networking and exchanging with them.

Specifically, regional representatives that will be selected for the RURITAGE Board of Regions will be asked to join an online workshop to discuss Cultural and Natural Heritage (CNH) integration into Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3). The online workshop will be organized in fall 2021. In this context, regions will receive, discuss, and improve recommendations on how CNH could be better be integrated into RIS3.

All the regional authorities selected through this call will be awarded the title of members of RURITAGE Board of Regions. The member regions will be promoted to a wide range of audiences with an interest in rural regeneration through heritage-led strategies and they will be showcased as part of the RURITAGE network within the RURITAGE website.

In addition, RURITAGE offers the selected regions (up to 30 participants) the possibility to join the RURITAGE final conference at expense of the project (one person travel to the final conference will be reimbursed by the project in the amount of max 600 Euro-transport and accommodation for 1 night). The final conference, if the COVID-related restrictions will allow it, will take place at the UNESCO premises in Paris in May/June 2022.

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Who is eligible?

Eligible beneficiaries for the Call for Regions are regional authorities from EU Member States and non-EU member states. Nevertheless, the possibility of being reimbursed by the project to join the final conference will be given just to the EU 27 Member States Regions.

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Submission and evaluation procedure

Applicants will be asked to fulfil the online application form in English.

The direct link to the online application platform is provided here

The assessment panel will include the University of Bologna (UNIBO) and ICLEI Europe staff. All eligible regional Authorities will be selected to participate in the RURITAGE Board of regions and the online workshop, while up to 30 of them will be also granted the invitation to the RURITAGE final conference, based on their active participation and engagement in the project activities (limited to Regions from EU-27 Member States).