Between 2011 and 2019 EURADA helped members and partners successfully apply for EU projects for an overall value of €51 million . This article illustrates a few examples of EU projects EURADA contributed with the aim to provide “food for thoughts” to project managers across Europe, who are preparing new proposals.
One of the key services EURADA provides to members and partners is the support in EU projects. We do so as we believe that EU projects (e.g. Interreg Europe, Horizon2020, Erasmus+…) can generate a positive spill-over effect upon territories across Europe. Our strategic position as EURADA Secretariat at the heart of the EU institutions helps us gather and spread relevant information about ongoing and upcoming funding mechanism, programmes and initiatives to support the work of development agencies and relevant entities in the EU and beyond. The figures of the EU projects EURADA contributed to between 2011 and 2019 indicate that our members and partners were able to successfully apply and implement EU projects for a global value estimated around €51 million. Most of the EU projects were financed through Interreg Europe, Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ but also through Europe Aid and COSME.
Also, we are pleased to share with you summaries of two relevant EU projects EURADA implemented working with members and partners. This way, we hope to help project managers to get inspired in the preparation stage of new project proposals as well as to implement already approved EU projects. These projects covered following thematic areas such as: A) better exploitation of European R&I programmes and wider participation in the European Research Area of new EU Member States; B) creation of a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation to accelerate the growth of enterprises based on social innovation.
MIRRIS: Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems
MIRRIS targeted a better exploitation of European R&I programmes and a wider participation in the European Research Area (ERA) of new EU Member States (EU-MS) by setting up a process of analysis, dialogue, mutual learning among key stakeholders, namely research, R&I actors. MIRRIS carried out three rounds of policy dialogues per country, involving: decision-makers, implementation institutions and operational structures. The I round identified gaps affecting participation in EU research programmes in the 13 target countries. The II round provided a platform to select and prioritise a set of intervention actions specific to each country. The III round elaborated an agreement on an action plan and consensus-building around a roadmap to be implemented. As result of the policy dialogues the 13 new EU-MS were provided with recommendations, an action plan with a roadmap with relevant pilot activities. Overall, MIRRIS initiated 40 policy dialogues in the new EU-MSs, along with 13 coaching exercises. Over 800 stakeholders and 85 national ministries were involved in the dialogues helping identify priorities and barriers towards enhanced participation in ERA.
BENISI: Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation.
BENISI created a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation to accelerate the growth of over 300 enterprises based on social innovation. The project partners of BENISI over assisted 300 social innovators across Europe to scale up their ideas. The majority of enterprises supported in the framework of BENISI were micro-size ones as the median size of team was three FTE and median annual revenue was 86,000 Euros. The ‘double’ positive change for 45% of all the enterprises based on social innovation meant an increase in FTE and revenue. 67% of the social enterprises supported by BENISI (203) experienced a growth in revenue as a result of the project; 25% of the social innovators (75) participating in the programme scaled internationally. The three top sectors in which social enterprises flourished were health and well-being; education and training, and public participation.
Furthermore, we kindly inform you that now on our EURADA webpage you can gain an overall view of both running as well as completed EU projects: http://www.eurada.org/projects/.
Written by Tommaso Galli, EU Project Officer at EURADA