Overall objective of Bridges project is to significantly improve partner regions’ RIS3 implementation governance & the delivery of the structural funds; to benefit from policy learning and enhance industry-led Centres of Competence as RIS3 implementation units. The industry-led focus is Bio-economy, an industry common to partners’ RIS3. BRIDGES partnership is from ES, FI, GR, HU, NL, PL & SI. It combines RIS3 diversification & specialisation regions, contributing to the achievement of the objectives in complementary & synergetic way. BRIDGES is realised in two phases. Key Phase1 output are 6 endorsed action plans implemented during Phase2. AP’s implementation improves RIS3 implementation governance through transferable model, impact on growth & jobs through new projects, strengthened research2industry knowledge partnerships, and leveraging of resources towards increased impact of RIS3.CERTH: CERTH (Center for Research and Technology-HELLAS) is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country and it was founded in 2000. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Republic. More than 800 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists. CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 423 M€ and involving more than 1.100 international partner organizations) financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT). CERTH is listed among the Top-20 of the EU’s Research Centres with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants, CERTH, has a unique experience in the management, coordination and successful implementation of EU projects. CERTH has strong background in Bio-economy and research institutes in subjects related to Agrofood, Energy and Environment, ICT and Logistics. CERTH is an advisory partner in BRIDGES. Learn more about CERTH (

Project manager: Mr Thomas Bartzanas