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The ATLANT-KIS Project intends to provide some leverage to the public and private KIS sectors in the Atlantic Area. It proposes the development of KIS enabling policies, bridging the gaps between the demand and supply of such services at the regional and transregional level, and promoting their interaction and networking across the Atlantic Area. As a longer term goal, it also aims to create a favourable environment for the development of Clusters of KIS, thus fostering excellence in the Atlantic Area for the supply of KIS.


To Audit and Map KIS Demand and Supply in the participating Regions - France (Bretagne), Ireland (Southern and Eastern; Border, Midland and West), Portugal (Norte), Spain (Navarra and Galicia), and United Kingdom (Devon and Cornwall).

To identify and transfer Best Practices and new models for the promotion and dynamisation of KIS.

To develop a KIS platform aimed at matching the supply and demand of KIS across the Atlantic Area.

Project Extension

Three main issues influenced the decision to extend the project in terms of the regional impact of the transferred best practices and the sustainability of the KIS Platform:
1. New policies, programmes or other EU projects in some regions have contributed to further highlight the potential role of KIS on the innovation systems;
2. Europe 2020, Innovation Union, Horizon 2020, COSME, cohesion policy 2014-2020 provides a new Research & Innovation framework where ATLANT-KIS partnership believe KIS will play a key role as intermediaries among the SMEs and Science & technology field.
3. The ATLANT-KIS partnership believe that in order to realise the long-term sustainability   of the  ATLANT-KIS platform a bottom up, regionalised strategy may be necessary.

Taking these facts into consideration, proposed strategy for the current extension will revolve around 3 main new actions:
1. Implementation of Regional Action Plans (RAP) agreed by partners for the mainstreaming of transferred Best Practices.
2. Implementation of the ATLANT-KIS Platform’s Sustainability plan.
3. Further dissemination of platform results and KIS sector capabilities vis a vis the new EU programming period programmes and strategies.