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Europe thrives on diversity and being close to its citizens. Therefore, cross-border cooperation, developing innovative European projects, exchanging experiences and transferring information throughout all of Europe is especially important.

EU funding, and therefore financial support, is available for these kinds of activities in social, business and cultural areas.

Here is an overview of all international projects processed by Standortagentur Tirol so far in the last few years:

2010 - 2013

Practice-oriented integration of product creation and design in the final processing stage in the timber industry in North, East and South Tyrol

The (wood) craft industry in North, East and South Tyrol produces high-quality products. Unique aspects, which would provide professional product design in line with market trends, are often not used or not used purposefully. This market situation in the (timber) industry can be improved by strengthening the integration of product creation and design in finding products and styles.


  • Lead Partner: proHolz Tirol / Wood Cluster
  • Project partners: TIS Techno Innovation South Tyrol KAG
  • Standortagentur Tirol
  • Design in Tirol association
  • Associated partners: LVH Bildung & Service Ges.m.b.H
  • "Chr. J. Tschuggmall" Vocational school
  • South Tyrol Employers' Association

Project duration
July 2010 to June 2013

The aim is to develop an institutionalised know-how transfer between the professional fields of (timber) craft and design in North, East and South Tyrol to create handicraft products and develop product innovations.

proHolz Tyrol / Wood Cluster
Wolfram Allinger-Csollich
Meinhardstraße 14, 6020 Innsbruck

2011 - 2014


Content and Objectives
Alps4EU is a European project funded by the INTERREG IVB Alpine Space Programme with 13 project partners from 6 Alpine countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland). The objective of the project is to strengthen cross-border cooperation between clusters in the key sectors of Renewable Energies, Mechatronics, New Materials and IT.
The regional clusters are linked to each other by establishing international structures with meta-clusters. This should encourage knowledge transfer between the different Alpine regions, therefore increasing the competitiveness of the participating companies and research institutes. The strategic objectives of each cluster in the Alpine space are analysed and recommendations given to improve the political framework. More information at www.alps4eu.eu

Funding programme
INTERREG IV B, Alpine Space

Project duration
September 2011 – March 2014

Lead partner
Piedmont Region – Directorate of Industry and Productive Activities(IT)

Project partners:

  • Unioncamere Piemonte (IT)
  • CESTEC S.p.A (IT)
  • Veneto Innovazione S.p.A (IT)
  • MFG Baden-Württemberg (DE)
  • Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (DE)
  • Standortagentur Tirol (AT)
  • Jo┼żef Stefan Institute (SLO)
  • Soca Valley development centre (SLO)
  • Chambre du Commerce et d'Industrie Nice Cote d'Azur (FR)
  • Rhône-Alpes Region (FR)
  • Science and technology centre of the canton of Fribourg (CH)

Norbert Gleirscher
Management Special projects
t   +43.(0)512.576262.251

2012 - 2014


Content and Objectives
Pro Green is an INTERREG project with the aim to develop and strengthen the cross-border network between the state of Tyrol and the province of Bolzano in sustainable construction and renewable energies. It promotes closer collaboration between companies, science and research institutes and the public sector in both regions. The project pursues two main goals:

1. Defining the strategy, approach and measures to create a cross-border network between the state of Tyrol and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano Alto Adige/South Tyrol in sustainable construction and renewable energies.

2. Developing a cross-border network by

  • planning a strategic project for both sectors (sustainable construction and renewable energies) to encourage cross-border networking
  • drawing up a guideline for financing transregional projects to support SMEs in innovation and applied research
  • implementing services for businesses in both fields in order to strengthen competitiveness and cooperation between actors in both regions

Funding programme
INTERREG IV Italy - Austria

Project duration
July 2012 – June 2014

Lead partner
TIS Techno Innovation South Tyrol (IT)

Project partners

  • Office of the Regional Government of Tyrol, Department of Economics and Labour (AT)
  • Autonomous Province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, Department 34 - Innovation, Research, Development and Cooperatives (IT)
  • EGTC "Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino Euroregion" (AT/IT)
  • Standortagentur Tirol (AT)


for North Tyrol:
Mag. Klaus Meyer                                           
Renewable Energies Cluster Tyrol                  
Programme manager                                        
Standortagentur Tirol                          
Ing.-Etzel-Straße 17                                                               
t   +43.(0)512.576262.252                           

for South Tyrol:
Stefano Dal Savio
Energia & Ambiente | Energy & Environment
Area Manager
TIS innovation park
Via Siemens 19 | 39100 Bolzano | Italia
Siemensstraße 19 | 39100 Bolzano | Italy
t   +39.0471.068.046


2009 - 2012

Content and Objectives
Enerbuild is an INTERREG project promoting energy-efficient building in the Alpine space. The aim is to evaluate energy-efficient building standards in the Alpine space, develop qualification activities at different levels (academics, skilled workers, trainees, …) and to initiate concrete pilot projects.

  • Put Tyrol on the map as a "flagship" region for "energy-efficient building"
  • Regional and national basic and advanced training in "energy-efficient building"
  • Initiate concrete pilot projects with the "energy-efficient building" team
  • Strengthen existing and build new networks
  • Develop analysis tools
  • Present "energy-efficient building" at international events

Funding programme
INTERREG IV B, Alpine Space

Project duration
July 2009 – June 2012

Lead partner
Regional Development Vorarlberg (AT)

Project partners

  • Accademia Europea Bolzano – EURAC (IT)
  • Autonomous Province of Trento (IT)
  • Energy Agency of Upper Styria (AT)
  • University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim (D)
  • Canton of Lucerne (CH)
  • Pososki razvojni center (SL)
  • Province of Alessandria (IT)
  • Regione Piemonte (IT)
  • Rhonealpenergie-Environnement (FR)
  • Standortagentur Tirol (AT)
  • TIS Techno Innovation South Tyrol (IT)

Norbert Gleirscher
Management Special projects
t   +43.(0)512.576262.251

2011 - 2014

Social Media for Active Regional Transfer

Content and Objectives
The objective of the INTERREG project "Smart" is to increase the competitiveness of regional SMEs significantly by using social media. The INTERREG IV Italy–Austria Smart project provides professional social media coaching adapted to the needs of the participants who receive support in overcoming the initial hurdle in the social media world and are encouraged to be more confident in dealing with the various social media channels. An ideas and implementation contest plays a major role. The aim of the contest is to raise the interest of the participants in social media and to encourage them to use it creatively in their own business. The project also focuses on the participants from North, East and South Tyrol exchanging experiences and networking.

Funding programme
INTERREG IV, Austria-Italy

Lead partner
TIS Innovation Park (IT)

Project duration
June 2011 – June 2014

Project partners

  • TIS Innovation Park (IT)
  • MCI – Management Center Innsbruck (AT)
  • Standortagentur Tirol - Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (AT)
  • Commerce and Service Union South Tyrol (IT)
  • Institute for Business Development, Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Bolzano (IT)


Stefanie Höllinger
Innovation & cluster services

Developing the strategic direction of the healthcare sector in combination with spatial planning in the Alpine region


The SPHERA project serves for the further development of the strategic approach of the healthcare sector in combination with spatial planning in the Alpine region. Es beschäftigt sich mit aktuellen und zukünftigen Herausforderungen wie zum Beispiel demografischer Wandel oder flächendeckender Zugang zu Gesundheitsleistungen, um zur Verbesserung der Lebensqualität und des sozialen Zusammenhaltes in den Ländern des Alpenraumes beizutragen. The results of the project will pave the way for new projects in the coming EU funding period.

SPHERA aims to enhance territorial governance in the Alpine Space, focusing specifically on the policy areas of health and spatial planning. It addresses issues like demographic change and accessibility to services of general interest in order to improve social cohesion and quality of life.

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Dr Petra Stöckl
Cluster manager Life Sciences Tyrol
t  +43.(0)512.576262.248

Mag Franz Unterluggauer
Cluster manager IT Tyrol
t  +43.(0)512.576262.239

2010 - 2013

Content and Objectives
Cooperation for Qualification and Dissemination of Innovation Assistant Networks is an INTERREG project that aims to develop and implement cross-border innovation management in companies in North and South Tyrol.

For this purpose, Standortagentur Tirol developed the "Innovation Assistant" programme and has been running it with growing success for six years. The "Innovation Assistant" model is being expanded and gradually taken to a European level.

  • Develop a network of innovation assistants by providing workshops and exchanging experience
  • Gradual expansion of the network to a cross-border i.e. European level
  • Develop and further develop qualification programmes for innovation and cooperation management
  • Initiate pilot projects to encourage innovation and cooperation


Funding programme

INTERREG IV A, Austria-Italy

Project duration
February 2010 – August 2013

Lead partner
Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (AT)

Project partners
Chamber of Commerce of Bolzano (IT)
TIS Techno Innovation South Tyrol (IT)

Johannes Rohm
Projekt Manager Business support 

2008 - 2010

Content and Objectives
Net IT is an INTERREG project with the aim to connect the IT sector in the regions of Tyrol and Rosenheim. The project intends to develop a technical network with an internet platform that is publicly available as well as a personal network with specialist events, workshops and an exchange of experiences.

  • Developing the regions taking part into an IT economic region
  • Strengthening the long-term economic power by using information technologies
  • Supporting innovative strength by promoting communication and cooperation
  • Creating new products and services
  • Supporting young IT talent
  • Safeguarding and creating jobs

Funding programme
INTERREG VI A, Austria-Bavaria

Project duration
January 2008 – December 2010

Lead partner
Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung - Standortagentur Tirol (AT)

Project partners
City of Rosenheim (D)

Franz Unterluggauer
Cluster manager IT Cluster Tyrol
t   +43.(0)512.576262.239

2008 - 2011

Content and Objectives
The INTERREG project "Transalpine Bio Cluster" aims to establish cross-border cooperation in the biotech and medical technology sector. This involves creating a transnational cluster with partners from various fields (clusters, Standortagentur Tirol, chambers, universities of applied sciences,…). A joint platform with profiles of the companies and institutes will be established, two thematic networks (Autonomy and Healthcare, New Diagnosis and Therapies) developed as well as workshops, seminars and thematic events organised to encourage an exchange of experiences, transnational knowledge transfer and to initiate cooperation.

  • Analysis of regional players and existing cooperation instruments
  • Strengthening the Alpine regions with a transnational Life Sciences network
  • Increasing knowledge and technology transfer in the Alpine space
  • Funding cooperation between SMEs and research institutes in the Alpine space

Funding programme
INTERREG IV B, Alpine Space

Project duration
October 2008 – September 2011

Lead partner
ADEBAG for the Rhone Alpes Bio Cluster (F)

Project partners
BioAlps (CH)
Bioindustry Park del Canavese SpA (IT)
School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (D)
Helmholtz-Zentrum München (D)
Lyonbiopole (FR)
Milan Chamber of Commerce (IT)
Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (AT)

Dr Petra Stöckl
Cluster manager Life Sciences Cluster Tyrol

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