MAPS-LED – Multidisciplinary approach to plan smart specialization strategies for local economic development

The MAPS-LED project reflects the progressive attention given to Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) in boosting the implementation of Europe 2020 strategy, at regional and local level. S3 has been designed to capture knowledge and innovation dynamics closely connected with the characteristics of contexts. The main challenge is to reverse the persistent gap among lagging regions in Europe, which remain at the same development stage despite long-term structural funds in research, innovation and technological development.