As of January 2017, the Galician Agency of Innovation (GAIN) through the Centers for Innovation and Technological Services of Timber (CIS-Madera) and of Design and Technology (CIS-Galicia), takes part in the Interreg Europe funded project Design for Innovation. Together with seven European partners, we will develop Design Action Plans to enhance SME competitiveness through a more strategic use of design.

The project corresponds with the European Commission’s ‘Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation’ (2013), which recognises design as an accessible “tool for user-centred and market-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy” and calls for European regions to develop their Action Plans for Design.

Through interregional knowledge exchange, we will identify best practice in design support mechanisms for SMEs and evaluate the integration of support instruments for design into the ERDF operational programmes.

The project partners aim for 1,600 SMEs to benefit from support instruments (both financial and non-financial) to bring more innovative, user-friendly and profitable products and services to the market.

To better inform evidence-based policy-making, we will monitor the impact and evaluate effectiveness of implemented mechanisms during 24-month second phase. We will share our results during a high-level conference in Brussels in 2021. See you there.