Croatian defence industry competitiveness cluster is beneficiary of numerous EU and National support programs. We constantly develop and work on strengthening Cluster operational capacities in enforcing EU supported programs and projects.

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Project name: LEVIATAD – Level 1 Accelerator for Defence Sector

Project ID: 101074868

Funding Programme: SMP


Project Value: 1.350.762,47 EUR

Project web page: under development

Abstract: LEVIATAD Project aims at creating the 1st Eurocluster of Excellence on Naval Defense. This will be obtained following an Action Plan in three steps.

1) Obtain a mapping of the Naval & Aero Naval Defence sector value chain post-COVID-19 crisis to better understand the European ecosystem’s structure as well as the possible transnational synergies and complementarities. This will allow the Consortium to draw the lessons concerning disruption and dependencies and manage a more efficient industrial strategy (including green and digital transition) to engage better resilience and competitiveness in a long-term European strategic approach.

2) Put in place actions to support SMEs in their up-skilling towards strategic technologies innovations that will be the base of their path towards resilience and autonomy boosting European sovereignty in the Defence sector. Support measures will be for example training workshops and vouchers

3) Go international is the third step providing for other supporting measures (e.g. workshops, vouchers, studies of international markets) to help SMEs to acquire skills in some third countries’ markets as well as internationalisation to foster synergies and new business lines towards these non-EU countries.

This will foster action plans to enhance the European position in the value chain and engage resilience activities by supporting innovation processes and helping SMEs join forces and better cooperate with major public and private groups including in European and international markets.

These plans would have a strong focus on resilience and European synergies.

Strategic project for support of cluster competitiveness initiatives

Project name: Strategic project for support of cluster competitiveness initiatives

Project Value: 7,5 mil EUR

Project main objective: Increasing the competitiveness and specialization of the Croatian economy favourably with the Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS 3)

Project web page: https://kk-projekt.hr/o-projektu/?lang=en

Project Funded by: Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020 CROATIA (short: OPCC 2014-2020)

Abstract: Under Specific objective 1.b.2 R&D of OPCC 2014-2020 activities of business sector should be increased through creation of favourable innovation environment. The support is envisaged through National project for Competitiveness cluster initiatives. Support: financing is provided for analysing the comparative advantages of Clusters, promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production. Project will consequently boost the preparation and implementation of joint projects in the field of R&D, technology transfer, innovation, and internationalization.

Main Beneficiary under the action will be the Ministry of Economy (while the target group consists of current 12 competitive clusters identified in S3 (RIS3 strategy). One of the identified clusters is Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness cluster.

Cluster Initiatives supported: Sector Internationalization through Export Fairs: SOBRA 2021 – Slovenia and MILIPOL 2021 – France