STEPHANIE is an Interreg Europe project involving eight partners from seven European Countries Spain, Germany, Belgium, UK, France and the Czech Republic.
Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe’s areas of key industrial competence. It is perceived that such technology has the potential to address a number of today’s grand societal challenges, in particular, health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies. However, there is currently a gap between space research and its application on the ground. A long-term challenge is to ensure that research and development investments exploit the opportunities offered by space (e.g. huge availability of data and signals) by ensuring that applications and services are produced to address societal challenges and that they reach the market.
Partners have recognised two pillars that policy instruments can focus on to support this R&I delivery:
- using quadruple helix cooperation from industry, government, academics and community along the technological value chain at regional and interregional level
- coordinated and simplified funding schemes for the development of marketable and society orientated products and services
Partners and regional stakeholders cooperate over five years of interregional learning, leading to regional action plans with the aim to detail concrete measures for policy improvements. They continue to cooperate while implementing these measures, using interregional exchange for further stimulus and monitoring.