GoSmart&Excel BSR -Strengthening smart specialisation by fostering transnational cooperation


The ‘GoSmart BSR’ project (2018-2020) with its extension ‘Gosmart & Excel BSR’ (2021) aims to identify the joint strategic fields of innovation with internationalisation potential in the Baltic Sea region and improve the access of companies to international markets. In practice, the project has created a methodology to identify the joint research and innovation priorities of various regions set in the regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).

Based on the knowledge on strong economic fields, strategic innovation priorities and business cooperation needs of various regions, the project has created a ‘Transnational Innovation Brokerage System -TIBS’. TIBS is a network of trained innovation brokers that provide personal and practical help for small and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs) to strengthen their international efforts and guide their transnational cooperation offers.



  1. Develop Transnational smart specialisation document including joint priority/strategic innovation fields for the Baltic Sea region, based on a jointly applied methodology.
  2. Continue the development and expansion of the TIBS supporting SMEs to undertake innovation-based internationalisation

The Baltic Institute of Finland participates in the GoSmart & Excel project in its role as a coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Innovation. The key task of the Baltic Institute is to disseminate the outcomes of GoSmart BSR on joint strategic fields of innovation in the BSR macro-region through articles and organising events with innovation stakeholders in the BSR and representatives of other EU macro-regions.



  1. Bialystok University of Technology (Poland)
  2. Podlaska Regional Development Foundation (Poland)
  3. Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia)
  4. Valga Town Government (Estonia)
  5. Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre (Lithuania)
  6. Kouvola Innovation Ltd. (Finland)
  7. Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) (Germany)
  8. Baltic Institute of Finland (Finland)
  9. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Sweden)
  10. North Denmark EU-Office (Denmark)



Project duration: 1 April 2021 – 31 December 2021
Total project budget: 770 000€
Total ERDF support:  620 000 €