The ‘GoSmart&Excel BSR’ is the extension of the regular “GoSmart BSR’ project and strengthens the utilisation of key outcomes of the regular project. It allows practical application of Transnational S3 methodology and Transnational Innovation Brokerage System based on joint evaluation and sustainability planning by the project partners.

The GoSmart&Excel BSR project focuses on enhancing the capacity of innovation actors in the Baltic Sea Region (and beyond) to practically and jointly apply the Smart Specialisation Strategy approach.

The project partnership tackles the common challenge of limited innovativeness and internationalisation among regional and national SMEs by:

– developing Transnational S3 document for the BSR, based on a jointly applied methodology (under the GoSmart BSR project), and

– continuing the development and expansion the Transnational Innovation Brokerage System which supports SMEs to undertake innovation-based internationalisation in the form of pragmatic and ‘smart’ joint strategies (SMEs Joint Transnational Smart Strategies).

Consequently, within the project, the relatively low capacity for innovation in less developed BSR countries and regions is augmented by: mutual learning, translating S3 into practical SMEs joint actions, and employing best practices from more developed regions. The project is fully integrated within S3 approach and aims to foster effective cooperation in transnational approach between the industry, R&D sector and public authorities.


  1. Transnational S3 methodology for the Baltic Sea Region – to be adopted and used by all BSR innovation actors to prioritise common actions, also to inspire other EU macro-regions in working out their own S3s.
  2. Functioning, expanding, and sustainable Transnational Innovation Brokerage System (TIBS) in the Baltic Sea Region – by using this system, numerous SMEs will implement Joint Transnational Smart Strategies which will help them to internationalise based on innovation, across the BSR and beyond.

Funding and duration

770, 860.00 €