Research and Innovation Management and ONLINE S3

katharina-fellnhoferThis is a guest blog post by Katharina Fellnhofer, owner-manager of the Research and Innovation Management GmbH. Katharina has developed and managed several projects dedicated toward information and communications technologies (ICT) while being also engaged in the academic community (e.g. New Design UniversityDanube University KremsSt. Pölten School of Applied SciencesUniversity of Applied Sciences SalzburgUniversity of Liechtenstein, University of Bayreuth). As a member of several committees, Katharina is also an advisor to policymakers and the business community (e.g. Horizon 2020 Expert Group on assessing the investment potential of SMEs emerging from phases 1 and 2 of the SME Instrument). As Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow, she is promoting entrepreneurship as an attractive career path within her project entitled E-Ship-Stories ¾ Initiative for Entrepreneurship Education at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. Additionally, in the framework of her SME ¾ Research and Innovation Management GmbH ¾ she is engaged in the HORIZON2020 project Contact Katharina at

Research and Innovation Management GmbH

Research and Innovation Management GmbH is a privately owned management consulting firm that supports companies in planning and developing pioneering projects. We address the future-oriented structuring of research and innovation in order to assist enterprises in overcoming new challenges. Drawing on both internal and external experts, Research and Innovation Management GmbH provides practitioners with knowledge to explore and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. We manage innovative processes with a unique set of services in order to deploy the creative capabilities of all involved resources. We also conduct interdisciplinary research covering a diverse set of different themes. Our portfolio draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, education, business, economics and financing. The practical implications for management and business practitioners are fundamental to our research. Our services range from joint research collaborations, seminars and workshops to long-term consulting projects and implementation support. In addition to consulting, we regularly create new ICT initiatives such as


We all are well aware that member states of the European Union prepare and implement research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (known as RIS3) in accordance with the European Commission 2020 strategy on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

ONLINE S3 is a research and innovation action under the call ISSI-4-2015 (On-line mechanisms for knowledge-based policy advice) and is implemented by a consortium of twelve partners from Spain, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Finland.

One of the main results of ONLINE S3 is a platform design for smart specialisation policy advice for better understanding and for overcoming the gap between the expectations of research and innovation strategies (on one side) and outcomes of smart specialisation (on the other side).

The ONLINE S3 platform with its services, tools and applications offers different interested stakeholders in the EU member states possibilities for the design and implementation of RIS3 free of charge or to test and/or upgrade their RIS3 strategies. It will assist regional and national authorities in the EU member states to elaborate their smart specialisation agenda. It will also investigate, develop and test new and innovative technologies, tools and services which are in line with the methodological steps proposed by the European Commission.


Stakeholder engagement and their active involvement represent a crucial challenge for better policy processes in the EU member states. In this context, ONLINE S3 targets four different groups of stakeholders: policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the society at large. They represent the so-called ONLINE S3 stakeholder community. Being active in the ONLINE S3 community has many benefits. Among them there is the access to information on the methodologies of smart specialisation, consultation possibilities on research and innovation for designing smart specialisation strategies, involvement in the process of entrepreneurial discovery supporting smart specialisation, research and innovation collaboration in the development of a mutual learning environment, etc. Furthermore, the ONLINE S3 consortium invites two additional regional or national authorities across Europe to team up around the ONLINE S3 project. Through a dedicated call for applications, the aim is to mobilise two regional or national authorities for using the e-policy platform Please find more information via

We would like to inform people living and working in the EU member states about the potential benefits of participating actively in innovation-based processes and supporting a wider platform of interdisciplinary collaboration across a community able to promote a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of our society. For more information please visit us via .

ONLINE S3 meets CloudLightning

The report called “Definition of a Research and Innovation Policy Leveraging Cloud Computing and IoT Combination” by Aguzzi et al. (2016) explores the conditions allowing the European industry to partake in the creation of the rising Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud combined ecosystems. The authors offer recommendations to address Europe’s Research and Innovation (R&I) challenges by offering an outline of Europe’s digital ecosystem and its status and predicting a vision of the same ecosystem in 2020. This vision concentrates on the arising markets and possible opportunities related to the IoT and its grouping with Cloud computing and Big Data technologies, creating a clear R&I Strategy by finding key research and innovation-related challenges and recommending the main investment policy options to accomplish a successful strategy for implementation. Furthermore, the vision defines several specific actions and suggestions for the European Commission (EC) and other actors to overcome the R&I challenges effectively in Europe in the following years.

Both ONLINE S3 and CloudLightning represent HORIZON2020 projects for enlightening innovative ways to overcome challenges via cloud services to broaden our horizon.


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