The National Support Group of Slovakia (NSG Slovakia) provides a fresh impetus for innovation; it initiates interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral cooperation with its national partners, a network consisting of Slovakian decision makers, the research and scientific community, industry, partner organizations, and customers within the forest-based sector. It provides support for projects, finds synergies between different stakeholders and enhances cross-cutting innovations across the forest-based value chains.
The activities of NSG Slovakia contribute to fostering industrial symbiosis across the forestry and wood-processing sectors, supporting the national priorities outlined by the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization of the Slovak Republic, and advancing innovation priorities through the Horizon 2020 project LignoSilva – a centre of excellence of international significance.
In terms of funding, FTP together with Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – as well as other pan-European entities, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the European Innovation Partnership ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ (EIP AGRI), provide a valuable platform to foster development and to translate research into practical applications in Slovakia. At the same time, transnational networks, such as the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems in Europe (AKIS), help boost the innovation capacity of Slovak SMEs by, for example, accelerating market uptake, fostering the advancement of responsible research, developing research infrastructure and transferring knowledge through innovation clusters and networks.
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Are you a representative of a Slovak company or organization and do you want to know what FTP can do to help you in the European arena? Please contact the secretariat of the National Support Group of Slovakia (NSG Slovakia).
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