The study first aims at closing the gap of information by mapping blue growth focus areas and actors in the partner countries. The review is based on regional/national Research and Innovation Strategies. Following the EU concept of smart specialization, the study focuses on supporting innovation in selected fields of specialization only.
In a second step, the Smart Blue Regions project team conducted a series of interviews. These interviews with RIS3 and blue growth experts in the respective countries pursued two different goals: first, the cooperation maps produced within this study have been evaluated by experts, second, experts were asked about future topics in their field of expertise and possible themes for transnational cooperation.