Funded Projects


Project Acronym INNOCAP
Project Title Building public sector innovation capacity towards digital-driven NPA communities


Public sector organisations in the NPA area acknowledge the importance of introducing new innovations to meet the increasing demand for quality and sustainable services addressing shared characteristics like long distances, limited resources and skills and low critical mass of consumers for successful market-led operations.

Work carried out in projects like DISTINCT shows that, when addressing these challenges, the main factor is not the availability of innovative services, products or processes in the area, where SMEs, higher education institutions (HEIs) and research centres present a significant pool of expertise and enough potential to assist public sector in this task, but the lack of awareness by public sector organisations on these innovative solutions.

INNOCAP tackles the challenges and leverages the opportunities of the public sector from a new approach: it covers both the demand and the supply sides of public service provision and assesses not only its role as provider but also as promoter and early-adopter of digital innovations available. Public service providers are turned into facilitators that co-create value and take advantage of the current supply capacity in the NPA area.



This preparatory project aims to develop a full application for submission under the 2021-2027 NPA programme.

Lead Partner


Project Info

Innovation, R&TD
1 Innovation
1.2 Increased innovation in public service provision
Project duration
01-01-22 to 30-06-22
Total budget
92 250 EUR
NPA co-financing
59 963 EUR
Target groups
local public authority
regional public authority
higher education and research
interest groups including NGOs
enterprise, including SME
sectoral agency
General public
business support organisation