Shape the future of innovation with ECCI

20 February 2018


People across Scotland are today (Tuesday 20 February 2019) being invited to explore a range of free strategy and entrepreneurship tools and help shape the future of innovation as part of an EU-funded project at ECCI.

Online S3 is a digital platform bringing together free tools to help policy-makers and public administrators produce a Smart Specialisation Strategy.

Smart Specialisation aims to boost economic growth by fostering existing regional strengths and skills in research and innovation. It’s key to the approach the Scottish and UK Governments are taking towards economic growth, and the EU is proposing to make it a requirement for securing EU Structural and Investment Funds.

ECCI's role is to engage people from all sectors in Scotland with the Online S3 platform so that their feedback can improve it. People can provide their feedback by browsing the tools and taking part in a brief online questionnaire before Thursday 15 March.

The tools, open to all, cover everything from stakeholder engagement to planning, policy development, research, and monitoring and evaluation.

Ed Craig, ECCI Deputy Director and Head of Innovation, said: “Online S3 is a box of free planning, strategy, research and engagement tools.

"It can be used to support your day-to-day work, whatever your field or specialisation - so get on the inside track and give us your thoughts. 

“Your input will shape EU work to boost competitiveness and you’ll find out about a key requirement for all regions receiving Structural and Investment Funds.”

To explore the Online S3 toolbox:

  • Visit the Online S3 platform, register and click on ‘Toolbox’ in the top menu or ’29 online tools’ on the home page to browse through the applications.
  • Once you have explored as many of the tools as you wish, you can fill in the short, anonymous questionnaire to give your feedback on them. You will need to choose at least one tool to feed back on.
  • Under ‘For which country/pilot region are you completing this assessment’ please select ‘Scotland’.
  • Please press ‘submit’ at the end of the questionnaire so that your responses are included.
  • The survey is open until Thursday 15 March.

Further information

For further information please contact Helen Dunk ( or 0131 651 4687) or Katherine Maxwell ( / 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.