Interreg Europe HELIUM programme

 Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP) and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have been awarded Interreg Europe funding to support a pan-European programme called

HELIUM builds on successful LCR programmes undertaken to date, such as the Innovate Dementia programme, that used a “Living Lab” approach (bringing together (1) industry, (2) universities, (3) healthcare/public sector and (4) end users/patients/public) to successfully develop new products, including the House of Memories app and many other innovations.

The objectives of HELIUM are to:

  • Build and evaluate a sustainable living lab infrastructure, a City Region living lab, determining standards and potential underpinning data models
  • Share and use European good practices to inform local practice, and improve LCR policy/strategies (including ESIF and related) to increase the efficiency of resource use/commercialisation of innovation

HELIUM will be structured to reflect the different phases of the innovation process as they relate to living labs, with the following Task Forces established to gather and review evidence:

  • Scouting Innovation – identification of regional, best practice, and baseline measures (e.g. research to business collaborations, tech transfer, innovation vouchers etc)
  • Creating Innovation – structure and processes to underpin living labs (e.g. standardisation of approach)
  • Valorising Innovation – business plans to support technology implementation
  • Uptake of Innovation – commissioning/procurement models, evaluation

Evidence will be gathered (predominantly by a LJMU researcher for LCR), shared across European partners, synthesized, and ultimately regional policy documents and approaches will be improved.

As a first step, the LEP has established a LCR Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG). The RSG’s role will determine local strategy, reviewing evidence gathered and offering advice on the synthesis and use of approaches locally. The RSG reflects Living lab participants:

  • Industry (technology/medical companies and financial)
  • Universities
  • Healthcare (providers/commissioners – NHS/Social care)/Wider public sector
  • End users/Patients/public

The RSG meets approximately four times each year and will report back to the LCR Health and Life Science Board. Initial tasks for the RSG include conducting Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the regional innovation ecosystem and ESIF strategy, and the identification of good practices.

For more information, please contact
Dr Andrew Rose –
Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership