Audit of the innovation system in the BMW region: an evaluation of a regional knowledge economy

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
South-East Regional Authority (SERA)
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Research Infrastructures
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Audit of the innovation system in the BMW region: an evaluation of a regional knowledge economy
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Business organisations (Chambers of Commerce…)
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
New technology based firms/new knowledge intensive service firms
Other public education institutions (secondary, etc…)
What is the aim/objective? 
The stated objective of this Audit was to complete a review of the evolution, development and structural base of the Region and assess the performance of its innovation system, with a specific focus on mapping KIS innovation, technology and knowledge transfer providers (from both the private and public sector). The report builds on the earlier findings of the 2004 Audit of Innovation in the BMW Region, and was commissioned and managed by the BMW Regional Assembly and carried out by a research team led by CM International consultants, including researchers from the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) at the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUI Galway) and WESTBIC. The report also forms a key contribution to the European Union (EU)-funded ATLANT KIS4 project, of which the BMW Regional Assembly and WESTBIC are partners. To promote more balanced regional development Policy to promote innovative and regional economic devlopment Promotes direct regional dimensions to innovation and TT both at policy and implementation levels.
Give an overview of the instrument 
This is a strategic document with specific recommendations for the promotion of innovation and related activities specificaslly in the NUTS II Border Midlands West region The report examines how the BMW Region is performing against its goal of building an economy based on innovation and knowledge based growth. In doing so, it seeks to provide insights into opportunities for delivering this important goal.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Identifies a policy framework in support of Innovation in the BMW region. Issues recommendations This is more an evaluation document, but is significant because it looks specifically at innovation policy, argues for more explicit regional approaches. It also advocates increased TT engagement and intermediary levels between industry and academia); and highlights the lack of integrated (policy)approaches to innovation and development ar regional levels in Ireland. Includes key findings on a range of regional economic indicators for the BMW region, including innovation activity and R&D expenditure
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?