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Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. We create an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions and policy learning. We aim to make sure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.

Any actions developed with financial support from Interreg Europe must fall into one of the following four categories:

1.    Research and innovation
2.    SME competitiveness
3.    Low-carbon economy
4.    Environment and resource efficiency


Medtech4 Europe

Medtech4 Europe - Optimizing the impact of public policies in favour of research and innovation facilities in the field of medical technologies

Project summary

Medical technologies are a key sector for the future in Europe by bringing solutions to reduce healthcare costs in a context of ageing population. With the emergence of new and cross-sectoral technologies, it is one of the most innovative high-tech sectors which faces a strong world competition requiring each time more innovation. 

In this context, public authorities at regional level need to contribute to strengthen the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) ecosystem in favour of innovative medical technology industry in generating economic growth, creating jobs and providing solutions for patients and healthcare systems in the regions.


Our objective is to improve public policies in favour of RDI facilities to be more adapted to the specificities of the medtech sector.

Main activities and outputs

  • State of play of the medtech sector in each partner’s region;
  • Joint cross analysis;
  • Self assessment of regional policies, benchmarking of regional innovation ecosystems, mapping of excellence domains;
  • Study visits and workshops;
  • Local Action Plans.

Expected results

Thanks to the exchange of experience between regions and identification of best practices, the partners will be able to implement new solutions to improve their regional policies, in particular:

  • Strengthen the innovation ecosystem for the medtech sector;
  • Develop business models of RDI infrastructures giving better access to SME’s;
  • Implement new RDI interregional projects with the identification of complementary excellence domains between regions.

Pilot Action

Pilot actions are implementation-related activities dedicated to testing a new approach. This usually refers to the transfer of existing practices between partner regions. But it can also relate to a new initiative jointly designed by the partner regions during phase 1 and jointly implemented in phase 2. As reflected in the present form, pilot actions are possible under Interreg Europe under strict conditions only, and the description provided in the form should be as detailed and as clear as possible.
Title of pilot action is „Effective promotion and marketing for the better utilisation of medical technology research and development infrastructures”

Project budget in EUR: 1,716,495.00 €
ERDF funding in EUR: 1,441,222.55 €

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The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.




Many business intelligence surveys demonstrate that Digital Realities (Virtual reality and Augmented reality) are becoming a huge market trend in many sectors, and North America is taking the lead in this emerging domain. Tourism is no exception and the sector in Europe must innovate to get ahead of the curve of this technological revolution, but this innovation needs public support.
In order to provide labs, startups and SMEs willing to take this unique opportunity with the most appropriate support policies, 9 partner organizations from 8 countries (FR, IT, HU, UK, NO, ES, PL, NL) decided to work together: regional and local authorities, development agencies, private non-profit association and universities.
Thanks to their complementary experiences and know-how, they intend to improve policies of the partner regions (structural funds and regional policies), in order to foster a tourist channelled innovation in the Digital Realities sector.
All partners will work together on policy analysis tasks before exchanging their best initiatives and transferring them from one country to another. This strong cooperation will allow them to build the best conditions to foster innovation thanks to more effective structural funds policies and regional policies.
8 policy instruments are addressed, among which 7 relate to structural funds programmes. Basis for exchange of experience: Reciprocal improvement analysis and 8 study trips with peer-review of each partner’s practices. Video reportages for an effective dissemination towards other territories in Europe. At least 16 good practices will be identified by the partners.