ERUDITE – Enhancing Rural and Urban Innovation Territories in Europe

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  • Duration: 1.10.2021–31.3.2023 
  • Partner countries:
    RISE Acreo (Sweden)
    Burgundy Franche-Comté Regional Council (France),
    ERNACT (Ireland), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia),
    Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland (Sweden),
    Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary),
    Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland)  and
    the lead partner is Digital Nièvre Joint Authority (France).
  • Funding programme:  Interreg Europe  
  • Total budget: EUR 0.45M
  • Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia budget: 50 000 € with the national contribution of 7 700 €

The ERUDITE project is an off-shoot of the Interreg IVC Project ENGAGE rather than a follow-up, inspired by elements of good practice and partial pilots undertaken during the project lifetime.

Erudite will define sustainable business models for digital service development and deployment through the refinement of open innovation methodology integrating SEROI; by involving multiple stakeholders in design, delivery and ownership of services, reassuring investors by demonstrating wider and most importantly, measurable social and economic benefits.

The partners brainstormed key actions required for optimising the added value of these structures, the following priorities were established:
• Ensure equal access to bringing universal, inclusive digital services closer to users in rural and peripheral areas
• Support digital innovation uptake and growth of SMEs in rural/peripheral areas
• Establish how to better use public investments as digital innovation generators
• Investigate how rural areas can best create/be digital innovative development platforms
• Establish Smart rural territory models
• Reinforce the sustainability of investments by undertaking Social and Economic Return on Investment (SEROI)

ERUDITE partners will undertake an exchange programme to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the development and operation of digital services and develop measures to respond. This will be achieved through:

  1. 16 policy learning events (2 coordination meetings, two partnership events and 12 regional stakeholder group meetings )
    • Phase One – impact analysis of Covid-19 crisis
    • In the first 3-4 months of the project, we will undertake a pilot action focusing on the development of a one-line SEROI+ evaluation tool.
  2. Improvement of six policy instruments (one project per partner submitted for funding).