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Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship is a regional self-government institution dealing with many aspects of regional development: education, infrastructure, environment, spatial planning, health, culture and many others. The basic competence of regional self-governments to foster innovation processes is to implement the Regional Innovation Strategy and monitoring the realisation of RIS3. Moreover, the Region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie is the Managing Authority of the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. 

Kujawsko-Pomorskie is a dynamically developing region where industries including food, pulp and paper, chemical, electro machine and plastic, play a major role. Springs of mineral waters and deposits of halite and limestone create recreational and medical resorts in this area. Located in mid-northern Poland, Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship is an average size region of all 16 voivodships in Poland. At the end of 2015 the region was inhabited by 2,086,000 people. The main cities in the region are Bydgoszcz, Toruń, Włocławek, Grudziądz and Inowrocław.


Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship
Województwo Kujawsko-Pomorskie    

Marshal’s Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region
European Territorial Cooperation Division
Plac Teatralny 2
87-100 Torun, Poland

Rafał Modrzewski, Head of the European Territorial Cooperation Division

Marta Dolecka
, Head of Science and Innovation Agenda
Karolina Charycka,
Science and Innovation Agenda
www.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl and www.kujawsko-pomorskie.travel

Information about the RIS3 of the partner region:

Regional level document: “Regional Innovation Strategy for the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for years 2014-2020 (updated in January 2015)”
Legal Owner: Kujawsko-Pomorskie Management Board

Key challenges for innovation policy

The key challenge for innovation policy in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region is to join Poland’s most developed regions in terms of innovation by 2020. Our ambitious goal is to become the fifth most innovative region in Poland.

Smart Specialisation areas in Kujawsko-Pomorskie:

Smart Specialisation areas that were selected on the regional level for the Region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie are:

    • Healthy and safe food
    • Health and medical tourism
    • Advanced materials and tools
    • Transport and mobility
    • Culture heritage and creative industries
    • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    • Industrial autmotion
    • Environmental innovation
  • OTHER AREAS (developed through entrepreneurial discovery).

Main objectives of the RIS3

The Regional Innovation Strategy of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship identifies the directions of intervention aimed at ensuring dynamic and rapid development of the region’s innovations, whereupon the region shall rank among the top five regions in Poland in terms of innovations. The ultimate objective of the Strategy is the dynamic increase in the region’s innovativeness.
  • Strategic objective I: Motivating innovative and inventive attitudes among the region’s population
  • Strategic objective II: Motivating science as a background for innovative economy
  • Strategic objective III: Motivating regional economy based on knowledge and innovations Building economy based on common access to ultra-fast Internet.

The expected results of the implementation of the strategy will be:

  • Modern and flexible adaptations to the existing educational system, encompassing all education levels
  • Developing a system of shaping pro-innovative attitudes through knowledge and skills
  • The Science sector becoming an efficient support for the regional innovative economy, particularly in its specialisation areas
  • An innovative economy leveraging networking, becoming knowledge-based and widely using digitalization effects
  • Within the field of sophisticated scientific research
  • Increase of the region’s competitiveness through access to Europe’s moderate innovators.


Predicted allocation for activities specified in the RIS3 document amounts about 1,3 billion €. Financing of these operations is divided between a few sources:

  1. Aid funds held by the region – Regional Operational Programme for the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for years 2014-2020
  2. Private funds
  3. Budget of Kujawsko-Pomorskie region
  4. Aid funds of the Government of the Republic of Poland:
    • OP Smart Growth
    • OP Knowledge, Education and Development
    • OP Infrastructure and Environment
    • OP Digital Poland
  5. State budget
  6. Other funds.