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The Cross Border Knowledge Bridge in the Renewable Energy Sources Cluster in the Eastern Slovakia and North Hungary (KNOWBRIDGE)
Start date: Jun 1, 2009, End date: Nov 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Objective of the KNOWBRIDGE project is to increase the capacity and to strengthen the research potential of two cross border and convergence regions (Košice self-governing region in Slovakia and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén region in Hungary) by supporting the development of new innovative cross border research-driven cluster in the area of Renewable Energy Sources and associating research entities, enterprises and regional authorities. KNOWLEDGE project specific objectives are: • to develop Join Action Plan for cross border research driven cluster in order to increase regional economic competitiveness through research and technological development activities; • to foster cross border cooperation and to increase the overall capacities of regional players by enhancing science and technology based development in cross border context; • to maximise the benefits of research infrastructures for cross border and regional economic development; • to improve links and enhance common partnership of regional authorities, research entities and business community in national and European initiatives; • to promote development of specific goals for regional and cross border RTD policies; • to exploit synergy between regional, national and Community programmes for research and economic development in cross border environment and to maximise the potential for a successful involvement of regional actors in European research projects; • to enhance trans-national, including cross-border and inter-regional mutual learning of regional actors; • to mentor regions with a less developed research profile by more experienced partners through mutual exchange of experience and best practices; • to promote reduction of CO2 emissions in two cross border regions. Duration of the project is 36 months and project consortium consists of 12 members with respect of all areas necessary for research driven economical development in the region achievement.

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