RO12 - Centru

Total population (2019) 2318272

Population per km² (2017) 69

Proportion population older 65 year % 18,11%

Innovation Performance Group (2019) : Modest –

Regional website

Regional Development Agency Centru 


Centru is a development region in Romania with a population of 2.3 million. The regions’ S3 priorities include, amongst others, a focus on medicine and pharmaceuticals including personalized medicine models based on data provided through computer simulations, based on nano imaging. The priorities also aim to address fundamental research and preventive medicine strategies - developing knowledge of human integrative biological systems.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? 

Yes - RDA Centru aims to support interregional collaboration.

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? majority is hilly or mountainous

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? yes

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? no

ERAPerMed?  no Central Europe? no

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? no

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?  no

Vanguard Initiative? no

S3ClusSport member? no

Policy documents

NACE Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation objectives:

J - Information and   communication technologies; Q - Human health and social work activities; M -   Professional, scientific and technical activities

Scientific domain NABS Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and   Innovation: NABS07 - Health; NABS11 -   Political and social systems, structures and processes

Policy objective Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research   and Innovation objectives: D - Digital transformation;   G - Public health & security; I - Social innovation

Policy document (RIS3): Yes -  Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy for Centru Region

Policy document PM@RIS3: No

Major initiatives


  1. inDemand (the initative was replicated in Centru Region) 

  2. InnovaSPA 

- inDemand is a H2020 initiative replicated by RDA Centru at regional level. This projects is based on a model where healthcare organisations and companies co-create eHealth solutions, with the economic support of regional funds. The project involves 3 categories of actors: SMEs (as idea generator and solution developer), hospitals (as challengers – the organization who needs a problem solved) and RDA Centru as the funder (alongside the SMEs finds grants for funding the idea in order to solve the hospital’s need).This project is a good example of facilitating the cooperation between regional and international actors and also implementing RIS3.

3. Digital Innovation Hub : Sibiu Smart Systems


General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the region -Very High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region -Very High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM activities  -Very High

Image attribution

By Carismagic at Romanian Wikipedia - Transferred from ro.wikipedia to Commons by Carismagic., Public Domain,

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium