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Spa4Health Project

Dear colleagues,

Please find enclosed a partner search from Thermauvergne association, which includes 11 spa towns in the Auvergne-Rhône‐Alpes region in the framework of INTERREG Europe call for proposals.

The deadline for manifestation of interest is 18th April.

For more information please contact directly Marion Vansingle, European Cooperation Manager Thermauvergne, m.vansingle@borvo.com.

Thank you for disseminating this proposal to your colleagues and stakeholders who might be interested in this partnership.

Best regards.

Délégation à Bruxelles
Direction des Relations internationales
T (BE) 00322 282 00 20
T (FR) 0426734397
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Conseil régional Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Délégation à Bruxelles
62, rue du Trône
B-1050 Bruxelles

PARTNER SEARCH

Dear Interreg Europe potential partner,

You might be interested in our project Spa4Health project.

You will find in attachment 3 documents:

  • Spa4Health project idea
  • The Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes policy instrument addressed by the project
  • Spa4Health Questionnaire for applicant partners

Feel free to express your manifestation of interest in Spa4Health project by replying to this email.

If you are interested in joining the consortium of partners, you will be pleased to fill out and send me by email the Spa4Health Questionnaire for applicant partners before the 18th April 2017.

Reminder:
Thermauvergne association, as lead partner, is looking for innovation partners all over Europe, that is to say thermal Regions, Clusters in thermalism, wellness and/or health, Universities in thermalism, wellness and/or health, Spa cities, innovation agencies, regional or national associations…

Points of attention:

  • The Thermauvergne association will give priority to Managing Authorities of Structural Funds (ERDF or ESF) in thermal regions with operational programmes targeting innovation partners as beneficiaries because the involvement of authorities responsible for the policy instruments addressed by the project is a prerequisite for applying to the programme.
  • Spa4Health project address local or regional policies in regions aiming at supporting the innovation in the fields of thermalism, preventative health and wellness, linked to the regional innovation strategy for smart specialisation (RIS3).
  • If the partner isn't a Managing Authority of Structural Funds (ERDF or ESF), a letter of support signed by the Managing Authority concerned by the policy instrument addressed by the project is necessary.

The evaluation of the questionnaire for applicant partners will be made from the 18th to the 21st April 2017. If you are selected, you will be invited:

  • to join an enlarged partnership meeting in Brussels on the 4th May 2017 (date to be confirmed),
  • to prepare a formal engagement of your structure with a letter of intent signed by the appropriate hierarchical authority,
  • to participate actively to the construction of the project until the deadline for submission (30th June 2017).

I'm at your disposal for any further information by mail, phone or skype,

Best regards,

Marion Vansingle
European Cooperation Manager
Thermauvergne
m.vansingle@borvo.com
+ 33 (0)4 73 34 70 71
+ 33 (0)6 63 04 05 24

Spa4Health Project
Questionnaire to be filled in by applicant partners

Name of the applicant organization: ………………………..
The purpose of this document is to assess the relevance of organizations applying to join the Spa4Health partnership. It will be used to select the partners of the project, but also to prepare the application form. The content must be sincere, self-explanatory and concise.

Reminder of the project idea

Project ACRONYM:
Spa4Health

Project title:
Health innovation in thermal spa regions

Lead partner:
Thermauvergne (FR), an association of 11 spa towns in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Thematic objective of the Europe 2020 strategy:
Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

Targeted specific objective of Interreg Europe programme 1.2.:
Improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes that support the delivery of innovation by players in regional innovation chains in areas of »smart specialisation« and innovation opportunity.

Context:
The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.

The ageing society is a Europe 2020 societal challenge and represents a tremendous business opportunity for companies operating in the health sector. Developing and introducing innovative cure and care solutions have a huge potential in making care more efficient. Additionally, health, healthy lifestyle and prevention are supposed to be more and more relevant making wider the target group perspective.

Issues tackled by the project:
Most of the time the Operational Programmes of ERDF and ESF (mainstream programmes), in line with the first thematic objective of the Europe 2020 strategy, indicate »Strengthening research, technological development and innovation« as a major objective. This is for instance the case of the Operational Programme of the Auvergne region (France). This Operational Programme aims to boost economic growth, create jobs and reinforce productivity, and strongly focuses on research and innovation as a driving force for achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

What policy instruments does the project address?
As the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 strongly focuses on research and innovation as a driving force for keeping the EU competitive, Smart Specialisation has been chosen as the intended theme.

The project address local or regional policies in regions aiming at supporting the innovation in the fields of thermalism, preventative health and wellness, linked to the regional innovation strategy for smart specialisation (RIS3).

For example, with innovation, the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Auvergne is encouraging the development of economic sectors identified by concentring the resources on five Strategic Business Areas.

The R&I policy in Auvergne aims to support excellence in the fields of smart specialization strategy, research structuration & visibility and supporting socio-economic benefits of research outcomes.

The first strategic objective of the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Auvergne region is Preventative health and patients' well-being. And the first Strategic Business Areas (SBA) of this strategic objective is »Accelerate the putting on the market of goods and services related to preventative health and well-being«. The aim of this SBA is to focus on a promising business area to 5 years (with a market potential), especially to push on the market products and services related to heath prevention and for improving the living comfort of patients. This SBA focuses on preventative health and thermalism in link with the »Silver economy«, as a contributing factor to the delivery of innovation, as an area with a high development and growth potential, and this project focuses on this specific innovation area.

Main objectives of the project:
The objective of the project is to support innovation policies learning among the partners with a view to improving the performance of regional innovation policies.

The aim of the project, connected to the Smart Specialisation Strategies, is to facilitate the exchange of good practice among regional authorities (in charge of the management of mainstream programmes (mainly ERDF)), universities and innovation partners to develop methods to support knowledge transfer and strengthen opportunities for open innovation between the triple helix partners for innovation in the field of preventative health and thermalism.

Based on the sharing of experiences, the project will identify and transfer good territorial policies or instruments developed by Managing Authorities and dedicated to thermal innovation in the field of preventative health, with a strong focus on the involvement of public authorities, academic institutions and cluster organisations in the local decision making process. Relevant policies will then be transferred among the project partners.

Information about the applicant:
Name of institution (original language):
Name of institution (English):
Legal status (Public authority, non-profit association, etc.):
Managing authority of Structural Funds (ERDF or ESF): YES / NO
Address:
Postal code:
Town:
Country:
Website:
Contact person:
Phone (office):
Phone (mobile, if any):
Fax:
Email:

Previous experience in interregional cooperation projects (if any):

Experience in innovation related to thermalism, preventative health and wellness (if any):

Any other skills or experiences that you would like to mention:

What do you intend to achieve in your region by joining the Spa4Health project?

Would you be interested in being the leader of a work package of the project (for example Web communication, SWOT analysis of the regional policies…)

For Managing Authorities of Structural Funds:
Which EU funds do you manage? Please explain your experience in that field.

Public policies targeted by the applicant:
Are there any local or regional policies in your region aiming at supporting the innovation in the fields of thermalism, preventative health and wellness?

What is the role of your organization regarding these policies?

Please describe (into deep details) the ERDF policies dedicated to the support of innovation related to thermalism, preventative health and wellness in your region.

Does your organization have an impact on the evaluation and/or improvement process of these ERDF policies?

Is there any specific public policy that you intend to improve by joining the Spa4Health project?

INTERREG EUROPE PROGRAMME
THIRD CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Spa4Health PROJECT IDEA

Project ACRONYM:
Spa4Health

Project title:
Health innovation in thermal spa regions

Lead partner:
Thermauvergne (FR), an association of 11 spa towns in the Auvergne-hône‐Alpes region.

Thematic objective of the Europe 2020 strategy:
Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

Targeted specific objective of Interreg Europe programme 1.2.:
Improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes that support the delivery of innovation by players in regional innovation chains in areas of »smart specialisation« and innovation opportunity.

Context:
The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well‐being.

The ageing society is a Europe 2020 societal challenge and represents a tremendous business opportunity for companies operating in the health sector. Developing and introducing innovative cure and care solutions have a huge potential in making care more efficient. Additionally, health, healthy lifestyle and prevention are supposed to be more and more relevant making wider the target group perspective.

Issues tackled by the project:
Most of the time the Operational Programmes of ERDF and ESF (mainstream programmes), in line with the first thematic objective of the Europe 2020 strategy, indicate »Strengthening research, technological development and innovation« as a major objective. This is for instance the case of the Operational Programme of the Auvergne region (France). This Operational Programme aims to boost economic growth, create jobs and reinforce productivity, and strongly focuses on research and innovation as a driving force for achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

What policy instruments does the project address?
As the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 strongly focuses on research and innovation as a driving force for keeping the EU competitive, Smart Specialisation has been chosen as the intended theme.

The project address the following policy instrument in Auvergne ERDF ESF Regional operational programme 2014‐2020:

Axis 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation - Investment priority 1b promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation,

Specific objective: Increase the number of innovative and collaborative projects implemented by the regional SME's in the field of Smart Specialisation Strategy by the support of research projects, technology transfers and collaborative projects between searchers and SME's and by the support of the public/private partnerships.

With innovation, the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Auvergne is encouraging the development of economic sectors identified by concentring the resources on five Strategic Business Areas.

The R&I policy in Auvergne aims to support excellence in the fields of smart specialization strategy, research structuration & visibility and supporting socio‐economic benefits of research outcomes.

The first strategic objective of the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Auvergne region is Preventative health and patients' well‐being. And the first Strategic Business Areas (SBA) of this strategic objective is »Accelerate the putting on the market of goods and services related to preventative health and well‐being«. The aim of this SBA is to focus on a promising business area to 5 years (with a market potential), especially to push on the market products and services related to heath prevention and for improving the living comfort of patients. This SBA focuses on preventative health and thermalism in link with the »Silver economy«, as a contributing factor to the delivery of innovation, as an area with a high development and growth potential, and this project focuses on this specific innovation area.

One can then consider that the role of a Managing Authority, in addition to the management of the programmes and the EU funds, can be to facilitate cooperation and joint initiatives between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education players in key regional areas of smart specialisation in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the structural funds by creating favourable conditions for innovation in the field of preventative health and thermalism within and between European regions, which means developing territorial policies.

Creating favourable conditions for innovation partners means to implement policies which encourage the regions, facing similar challenges, to organize themselves as places of open innovation, almost »living labs«. Cooperation between the partners is central to the construction of a common European space and a »culture of health« in the thermal towns considered as therapeutic landscapes due to their heritage, parks and green spaces.

What does the project aim to change by integrating the lessons learnt from the cooperation? What kind of territorial policies can Managing Authorities of the mainstream programmes develop to give rise to research and innovation strategies in the region? How can these research and innovation strategies, in addition to the ERDF, maximize the connection of knowledge and technology with the exploitation of market opportunities for new products in the field of preventative health and thermalism? These are the questions the project will focus on.

Main objectives of the project:

Global objective:
The objective of the project is to support innovation policies learning among the partners with a view to improving the performance of regional innovation policies.

The aim of the project, connected to the Smart Specialisation Strategies, is to facilitate the exchange of good practice among regional authorities (in charge of the management of mainstream programmes (mainly ERDF)), universities and innovation partners to develop methods to support knowledge transfer and strengthen opportunities for open innovation between the triple helix partners for innovation in the field of preventative health and thermalism.

Based on the sharing of experiences, the project will identify and transfer good territorial policies or instruments developed by Managing Authorities and dedicated to thermal innovation in the field of preventative health, with a strong focus on the involvement of public authorities, academic institutions and cluster organisations in the local decision making process. Relevant policies will then be transferred among the project partners.

Specific objectives:
The project will also:

  • Capitalise practices among regional actors in order to strengthen regional policies,
  • Facilitate cooperation and joint initiatives between enterprises, R&D centres and higher education players in key regional areas of Smart Specialisation and Innovation opportunity,
  • Find solutions for improved innovation strategies,
  • Increase development, growth and improve the quality of life in the regions involved.

Main expected outputs and results:

  • Identification and exploration of innovation policies or instruments to be developed or transferred to reach the above mentioned objectives (priority given to structural funds policies) in the field of preventative health and thermalism. Thanks to interregional cooperation, managing authorities and other relevant bodies can find inspiration in the field of preventative health and thermalism in other regions and import new projects to be financed within their programmes. Inspired by partner experience, the regions can finance new initiatives within their operational programmes.
  • Creation of an action plan with the stakeholder group of each territory partner of the project.
  • Creation of recommendations in the field of preventative health and thermalism targeting public stake holders. Interregional cooperation can influence the way policy instruments are managed. New approaches in the field of preventative health and thermalism can be adopted thanks to lessons learnt in other regions and changes can be imagined in the management of the innovation measures of the policy instrument.
  • Actual transfer of policies and/or practices in the field of preventative health and thermalism to improve the implementation of mainstream programmes in the partner regions (priority given to structural funds policies). To integrate the lessons learnt in the field of preventative health and thermalism from the cooperation, some managing authorities can modify existing measures or even create new measures in their programme. Thanks to the expertise of a partner in charge of preventative health and thermalism innovation, the region can created a new team in charge of these fields and fully integrated in the Smart Specialisation Strategies of the region.

In order to do so, the project will implement:

  • Interregional exchanges and study visits on existing good practices in the field of Preventative health and thermalism. These transnational exchanges and study visits will increase professional capacity of the partners through their participation in the project,
  • A network of stakeholders: all the participating regions will have an extensive partnership which brings together the relevant actors in the field of preventative health and thermalism, but always adapted to the local conditions,
  • Studies and surveys analysing the current state of preventative health and thermalism in the specific region and revealing possibilities for further cooperation. Every participating country will conduct a study analysing the regional/local situation by focusing on the following aspects: relations between the actors of preventative health and thermalism, connections between the various fields of functioning, current conditions for market access, obstacles, difficulties and opportunities,
  • Workshops and conferences will provide space for discussions among the stakeholders and partners of different countries. The results of the surveys conducted in each country will be discussed and relevant information and experience will be exchanged during of the workshops,
  • Development of an action plan per partner territory specifying the implementation of innovative actions operating in the field of preventative health and thermalism. Based on the information gathered and taking into consideration the specific local conditions, each participant will work out its action plan,
  • A communication and dissemination strategy in order to reach target audience and to raise the awareness of people focusing on preventative health and thermalism.

INTERREG EUROPE PROGRAMME
Spa4Health project

Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes policy instrument addressed

Project ACRONYM:
Spa4Health

Project title:
Health innovation in thermal spa regions

Lead partner:
Thermauvergne (FR), an association of 11 spa towns in the Auvergne-Rhône‐Alpes region.

The Thermauvergne association brings together 11 spas from the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region which propose an offer of wellness, medical thermalism and preventative health. Thermauvergne has been defending the interests of regional thermal spas for nearly 30 years and participates in the financing of the research and the evaluation of the Medical Service rendered by the thermalism.

What policy instruments does the project address?
As the Cohesion Policy 2014–2020 strongly focuses on research and innovation as a driving force for keeping the EU competitive, Smart Specialisation has been chosen as the intended theme.

The project address the following policy instrument in Auvergne ERDF ESF Regional operational programme 2014‐2020:

  • Axis 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation - Investment priority 1b promoting business R&I investment, product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation and public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation,
  • Specific objective: Increase the number of innovative and collaborative projects implemented by the regional SME's in the field of Smart Specialisation Strategy by the support of research projects, technology transfers and collaborative projects between searchers and SME's and by the support of the public/private partnerships.

With innovation, the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Auvergne is encouraging the development of economic sectors identified by concentring the resources on five Strategic Business Areas.

The R&I policy in Auvergne aims to support excellence in the fields of smart specialization strategy, research structuration & visibility and supporting socio‐economic benefits of research outcomes.

The first strategic objective of the Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Auvergne region is Preventative health and patients' well‐being. And the first Strategic Business Areas (SBA) of this strategic objective is »Accelerate the putting on the market of goods and services related to preventative health and well‐being«. The aim of this SBA is to focus on a promising business area to 5 years (with a market potential), especially to push on the market products and services related to heath prevention and for improving the living comfort of patients. This SBA focuses on preventative health and thermalism in link with the »Silver economy«, as a contributing factor to the delivery of innovation, as an area with a high development and growth potential, and this project focuses on this specific innovation area.

In addition, the Thermauvergne Association is member of the Innovatherm Cluster. The Innovatherm Cluster was certified in 2013 by the Regional Council of Auvergne and supports collaborative projects combining medium to small sized enterprises with public research institutions to encourage innovation within Auvergne‐Rhone‐Alpes thermal spa resorts. Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes thermal spa institutions offer exceptional potentials in terms of Preventative health. The Innovatherm Cluster of Excellence promotes scientifically assessed collaborative projects to invent new products or new processes based on thermal spa water in disease prevention. The evolution of the thermal treatments proposed in Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region will contribute to position the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes thermal resorts as Full Health Resorts, and as a result, the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region, as a leading destination in the approach of Preventative health in France and in Europe.

The ambition of the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region is to invent new therapy formats based on the 4 Ps medicine (Predictive, Preventative, Personalized and Participative) while integrating complementary activities such as physical activity, nutrition education and therapeutic education of the patient (ETP) in a broad sense. In order to do so, the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region, with the technical support of the Thermauvergne association, launched its »Plan Thermal« (Thermal Strategy) in 2016, integral part of the Regional scheme for economic development, innovation and internationalization 2017‐2021, to support commercialisation of preventative health products through normative specifications ensuring the reproducibility of protocols within the thermal spa companies in Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region.

To reinforce this Thermal Strategy, the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region is developing a project with the direct involvement of the triple helix, that is to say the region (public authority), the Rectorat d'Académie (Academic Local Education Authority) of Clermont‐Ferrand (academic institution), the Auvergne University, the Innovatherm Cluster (cluster organisation) and the Thermauvergne association. The triple helix will create a Campus of trades and qualifications for Thermalism, Wellness and Full Health in Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes region with the objective of creating an European Institute of Thermal Research in the Auvergne‐Rhône‐Alpes in order to investigate ehealth Solutions and especially the development of eHealth solutions for citizens and patients which promote their personal health management and disease prevention activities. The potential challenges in implementing eHealth solutions in the preventative health can be discussed, during Spa4Health project, between the innovation partners together with the question of management of »Big Data«, as a source of innovation in disease prevention, considering that Big Data could transform the health‐care sector.

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