Within the framework of the partnerships it establishes and for which it is represented, the ANI has consolidated its position as a reference agency at international level among its counterparts while capturing best practices for the various services it provides at national level and the most up-to-date information from the European and international overview on policies and instruments to promote innovation.
TAFTIE - European Association of Innovation Agencies is a network that currently has 30 institutional organisations from 28 European countries, with the aim of promoting the exchange of good practices and sharing experience in the implementation of the programmes, support services and other national and regional support tools for applied R&D, innovation and technology transfer. This network encourages the development of cooperation activities between its member agencies with a view to mutual support, improvement and extension of the services and support tools they provide to companies, R&D entities and other players in their respective innovation systems.
The ANI has been a member of TAFTIE since 2016, reinforcing and continuing the participation of the former AdI.
As part of TAFTIE's activities, an ANI led a Task Force of 17 innovation agencies in Europe, which was also supported by NESTA - the UK-based Global Foundation for Innovation Policy.
The SoftPower Task Force - Social Competencies and Skills in Innovation Agencies by breaking with a new EU innovation support model was launched in September 2017 to map and evaluate non-financial support services (eg , mentoring, innovation management support, training, etc.) provided by innovation agencies in Europe to companies and other entities for the development of R&D and innovation, completed in June 2019. It should be noted that these services have already been used, over the years, a poorly individualized or formalized form and often associated with financial support programs. Nonetheless, in recent years, non-financial support for R&I activities has increased significantly to boost technology-based entrepreneurship, to close loopholes in the innovation cycle, to skip the "death values" of technology transfer, and to make or invest through financial financing, with increasingly centralized innovation agencies as their service promotion activities, the result of a greater perception of the concrete needs of companies and other entities.
This Task Force also intends to determine as key competitive requirements and competencies as the necessary innovation agencies and incorporate in the future to improve the use of their countries' innovation systems, complementing economic support in applied R&D and development. technology-based, crucial analysis in the preparation of the Horizon Europe Framework Program.
SoftPower Task Force Events:
Here you will find the final conclusions of this Task Force, which further illustrate the characterization of the European non-financial support services landscape.
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Every year, a TAFTIE agency member takes on the Presidency of the Association. In 2020, ANI will be responsible for conducting TAFTIE's activities and events, continuing the collaboration among its members.
Click here to check the Presidency's official brochure to learn more about the objectives and priorities that ANI proposes for the TAFTIE Association in 2020, as well as the ANI team that will ensure this international commitment.
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