ECCI is delivering a pilot project engaging people in Scotland with Online S3, an EU-funded digital platform bringing together free strategy and entrepreneurship tools to help people in any sector or role produce a smart specialisation strategy.

Smart specialisation aims to boost economic growth by fostering existing strengths and skills in research and innovation. The EU is proposing to make the production of a smart specialisation strategy a requirement for receiving money from the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Despite Brexit, smart specialisation will remain integral to the future of enterprise and innovation in Scotland and the UK. The Scottish Government is committed to taking a smart specialisation approach to growth and competitiveness, embedding it in its current Economic Strategy. The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy and City Deal funding mechanism hinge on fostering thematic clusters of innovation in cities and regions.

ECCI’s role is to gather feedback from businesses, public sector organisations, students, researchers and others to inform the development of the Online S3 tools.


To explore the Online S3 toolbox, visit, register and click on 'Toolbox' in the top menu or '29 online tools' on the homepage to browse through the applications. 

Please note the tools are still under development so a small number may not be available at present - and your feedback will help to improve them as the developers test and learn.

You can then choose to complete an anonymous questionnaire (10 mins or less) on one or more of the tools in the Online S3 toolbox. The deadline for taking part in the survey is Thursday 15 March 2018.

Further information

For further information, please contact Helen Dunk ( or 0131 651 4687) or Katherine Maxwell ( or 0131 651 4383) from the Online S3 project team at ECCI.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.