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Past projects

Past projects

Discover our different past projects in details on this page.

May 2013 – April 2016

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 999,806.00€
Budget carried out by EURADA: 104,400€
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: 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-sized ones as the median size of team was three FTE and median annual revenue was 86,000 Euros.
The ‘double’ positive change for 45 percent of all the enterprises based on social innovation, meant an increase in FTE and revenue. 67 percent of the social enterprises supported by BENISI (203) experienced a growth in revenue as a result of the project; 25 percent 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.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research about best-practices and policies of Regional Development Agencies and other relevant regional and local public entities fostering: – development of social enterprises, – support of social entrepreneurs, – strengthening of regional and local ecosystem with regards to the social sector.
  • Provision of advice to project partners about the project approach to scaling support service portfolios related to: intake, guidance on scaling approach, matching social innovation with scaling resources, active support of social innovations.
  • Support for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs involved in BENISI to network at European level with regards to opportunities of both expanding and internationalising.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: I-Propeller NV; Impact Hub GmbH; DIESIS Coop; Impact Hub Vienna GmbH; Hub Kings Cross Limited; Hub Stockholm AB; Ropot Development SRL; Impact Hub Amsterdam BV; Hub SRL; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde; Pole Europeen des Fondations de l’Economie Sociale AISBL.

Webpage: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/109095/factsheet/es
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

1st april 2014 to 31st march 2017   

The project has developed a platform supporting cross-border investments in renewable energies. The platform will continue after the end of the project. It’s a good opportunity for the members of EURADA with crowdfunding platforms in their territories working in energy projects or cooperatives. These entities could join the platform to promote their projects to investors.

Citizenergy, made possible by European Union funding, is the first platform to encourage cross-border investment in sustainable energy and the first to provide information on sustainable energy opportunities from both crowdfunding platforms and cooperatives. It reinforces the work of such organisations in financing renewable and energy efficiency projects, increasing their reach while promoting transparency. A sort of “Tripadvisor” of our sustainable energy landscape, Citizenergy is a valuable resource for individuals looking to get involved in the energy transition. EURADA participates in the project providing support to the communication and engaging regional stakeholders

Coordinator: Boa Energia (PT)

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March 2014 – June 2014

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 11,000 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 11,000 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG GROW

Description of the project:

This tender aimed to prepare a dual use SME support guide which outlines:

(a) dual use as a means to enhance competitiveness at enterprise and regional level;

(b) designing public support schemes to enhance dual use, both direct and indirect support;

(c) EU support to exploit dual-use opportunities.

The latter was focused on the European Structural and Investment Funds, and covered the European Social Funds, Horizon 2020, and COSME.
The guide also includes recommendations to policy makers on how at a policy level the dual-use potential for SMEs could be further promoted and strengthened. The guide also includes some selected case studies to show how dual-use projects have been promoted and funded under the above-mentioned mechanisms.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research through quantitative and qualitative methodologies about dual use best-practices across Europe;
  • Preparation of dual use SME support guide highlighting the research results and dissemination thereof at European level.

The relevant published material related to this tender can be seen below:

  1. EU funding for Dual Use:A practical guide to accessing EU funds for European Regional Authorities and SMEs. Christian SAUBLENS. European Commission;
    2. European Network of Defence-related Regions. European Commission
    CenSec Center for Defence, Space & Security.

Consortium members: 

Webpage: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/guide-dual-use-regions-and-smes-helping-smes-tap-eu-funding-dual-use-projects-0_et 
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

June 2013 – May 2015

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 999,364 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 37,053 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: GreenXpo: Professional promotion of eco-innovation knowledge through an integrated expertise platform for policy makers, SMEs and the public in view of boosting the Green Economy.
GreenXpo pursued a faster and wider uptake and exploitation of technological and nontechnological eco-innovations as well as best-practices related to eco-innovation. Concretely, GreenXpo created a  single online portal gathering eco-innovation knowledge from different areas such as technologies, services, business models, processes, and policies. This portal  presents eco-innovation knowledge in a user-centred, intuitive and easy-to navigate manner that focuses on the functionality of each piece of knowledge.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the preparation of the project methodology to gather knowledge of diverse research areas: e.g. technologies, services, business models, processes, and policies.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Greenovate! Europe; youris.com; Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production; Technopolis Group; Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd; SP Technical Research Institute; ICLEI European Secretariat; National Cheng Kung University – NCKU.

Webpage: https://www.greenovate-europe.eu/projects/greenxpo
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

1st November 2016 to 31st October 2019

The project IN4WOOD – Industry 4.0 for wood and furniture manufacturers has been financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme for Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Sector Skills Alliances.

Project Objectives:

The furniture and wood sector identified a shortage of highly qualified professionals in ICTs and emerging technologies related to Industry 4.0 crucial to operate in today’s business environment. Major EU universities, VET technology providers, enterprises, and wood and furniture experts developed IN4WOOD to address this need by strengthening knowledge and best-practice exchange within and outside the project consortium so as to create training material for furniture and wood sector’s stakeholders. IN4WOOD developed training material to support furniture and wood sector’s stakeholders (specifically CEOs, managers and production department heads) to help them understand and employ key enabling technologies of the Industry 4.0 in the respective businesses and foster competitiveness.

Useful Project Results

Coordinator: Technology Centre of Furniture Industry (CETEM)

More information: www.cetem.es

November 2016 – November 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 3,100,000 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 33,500 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG DEVCO

Description of the project: IUC-LA: International Urban Cooperation: Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions – Regional Action Latin America.
IUC-LA strengthened the city-to-city cooperation related to sustainable urban development; local and regional climate change action and EU and Latin America region-to-region cooperation on innovation for local and regional development. IUC-LAC promoted pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements between EU and LA. To this end, pairings have been organised and selected regions have been provided with technical support related to RIS3 development / implementation, generating concrete pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements. IUC-LA also included visits where Latin American regions visited designated EU pairing regions, and EU regions visit designated LA pairing regions.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the exploitation of POCITYF results, to enlarge experience in the field of Smart Cities and energy innovation and will extend this benefit to its members (cities with cultural heritage and/or protected monuments);
  • Management of activities to engage citizens, local communities and stakeholders under open innovation and co-creation activities that aim at enriching smart cities solutions to create a sense of ownership of the smart city vision, transition tracks and relevant solutions & technologies;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members: Ecorys; Inno; MetaGroup; SPI; EBN.

Webpage: https://www.edp.com/en/pocityf-smart-cities

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/edpbrasil/ 

Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

December 2011 – December 2014

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,132,078 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 163,862 €
Budget origin: Interreg Joint Technichal Secretariat

Description of the project: Know-Hub contributed to bridge the gap of the shortage of knowledge, skills and experiences of European regions in designing and implementing smart and effective strategies for innovation. Practitioners from 10 EU regions collaborated in reviewing their policies and practices to identify critical issues related to innovation and share good practices to address these. The project partners learned together how to apply the know-how and experience identified in the peer review process and shared these learning outcomes with the aid of modern knowledge management tools. The project collaborated with the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3) in their work of revision and improvement the project partners’ Smart Specialisation Strategies for Research and Innovation (RIS3) and built on lessons drawn from the implementation of previous Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS and RITTS) initiatives.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice for the Know-Hub handbook on “Challenges for smart regional specialisation as a way to escape from uniformity of innovation policy”.
  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the Know-Hub handbook on “Effective policy mix and instruments for Smart Specialisation”.
  • Organisation of the Know-Hub final conference (18/20.11.2014) “Paving the Way to Regional Smart Growth” with 150+ participants of EU institutions, RDAs, regional and local authorities, SMEs and academia.
  • Coordination of two cycles of regional workshops about: – smart specialisation strategies; – effective instruments of innovation policies.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Foundation Université Adam Mickiewicz; INNOVA Eszak-Alfold Regional Innovation Agency; Basque Government – Industry, Innovation Commerce and Tourism  Dept.; North France Innovation Development; Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of SMEs; Lower Austrian Government, Dept. Economic Affairs, Tourism, Technology; Weser-Ems – Association of Counties and Cities in the Weser-Ems, represented by the District Ammerland; Banská Bystrica Self-governing Region; Castilla y León Regional Government – Universities and Higher Education Foundation of Castilla y León; Applied Research and Communications Fund; Municipality of Gabrovo; Tecnalia.

Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

July 2013 – June 2016

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,496,215 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 174,272 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: 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.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the overall policy dialogues: i.e. around 40 policy dialogues in 13 EU-MS reaching out to 800+ stakeholders and 85+ national ministries.
  • Provision of research and advice to project partners for the preparation of the MIRRIS Policy Dialogue Structure as well as provision of analysis and advice about the common challenges of the new EU-MS related to:
    • Participation to FP7/H2020,
    • Research excellence promotion, – Mobility of researchers,
    • Innovation drive and market oriented research,
    • Brain drain,
    • Skilled human capacity,
    • Involvement of private sector in ERA, – ESIF H2020 synergy,
    • Evaluation system.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: META Group SRL; Coventry University; European BIC Network; EFMD – The Management Development Network; European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Information; International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises-INSME; Aalborg University; Proton Europe; Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP); Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI); APRE – Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea.

Webpage: http://www.mirris.eu/SitePages/default.aspx
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

January 2018 – December 2019

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 549,750 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 177,875 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: OaSIS: Optimizing Support for Innovating SMEs.
The aim of the OaSIS project is to strengthen Europe’s economic growth and innovative potential through the optimization of innovation support schemes, provided by the support agencies and organizations. The optimization will be achieved via segmentation of innovating SMEs, identification of highest-potential groups of enterprises and targeting various sectors with the support mechanisms best suited to their needs, potential, and ambition. This will lead to a better understanding of innovation opportunities and activities as well as their outcomes, achieving higher economical and societal impact from innovation support schemes and to the improved effectiveness and efficiency of the operation of innovation support agencies.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research about existing methodologies of the segmentation of innovating SMEs; and description of the portfolios of the innovation support measures used by the support agencies and assessment of their efficiency in addressing the needs of important regional segments of innovating SMEs, analysis of the biases towards certain innovating SMEs present in the currently used support measures and opportunities to overcome them.
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: Politechnika Krakowska; LINKNOVATE Science SL.

Webpage: http://projectoasis.eu/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

July 2013 – June 2016

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,749,851 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 32,256 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

Description of the project: SmartSpec: Smart Specialisation for Regional Innovation.
The overarching goal of the project was to operationalise the concept of smart specialisation in a useful manner for actors in different regional contexts.
To this end, the project consortium strengthened the analytical underpinnings of the smart specialisation concept, provided methodological guidance for practice and generating strategic intelligence for policymakers. Through an integrated, multi-dimensional and place-based approach focused on 8 Work Packages, SmartSpec developed robust practical and analytical findings to strengthen the implementation of smart specialisation strategies.
With a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange and facilitated learning, SmartSpec delivered useful results to inform practitioners and policymakers in the development and assessment of smart specialisation strategies, whilst extending the state of the art.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of advice to project partners for the validation of the project research integrated, multi-dimensional and place-based approach to analyse the concept and implementation of the smart specialisation strategies;
  • Provision of research for over 13 scientific articles related to smart specialisation strategies published among the others in the scientific journals: Taylor & Francis; Springer; Sage Publications; Cardiff University;
  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members:Cardiff University; Charles University; Claire Nauwelaers; Independent consultant; Deusto Foundation; Groningen University; Lund University; Newcastle University; Padua University; Utrecht University; ERRIN.

Webpage: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/109041/factsheet/es 
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

July 2015 – April 2016

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 22,500 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 22,500 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG REGIO

Description of the project: The direct contract provided by DG REGIO aimed to gather the advice about both the implementation of the smart specialisation in Romania as well as the implementation and monitoring of the action plan for the fulfilment of the ex-ante conditionality for thematic objective 1, as included in the operational programmes adopted for Romania for 2014-2020.
The direct contract also supported DG REGIO to put in place a sound monitoring system for smart specialisation and a proper entrepreneurial discovery process in Romania, at national level and in the regions.
The contract contributed to design the framework for support from ERDF to centres for technology transfer, enabling these to become active players for innovation in regions of Romania.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of advice to DG REGIO about the mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the smart specialisation strategy and for entrepreneurial discovery process in Romania;
  • Support of the Romanian managing authority for the Regional programme in conducting and assessment of the specific role of TTOs and their relevance in the process of narrowing down the national smart specialisation priorities and the entrepreneurial discovery to territorial/regional contexts;
  • Support of the managing authority for the Regional programme in drafting the guide for applicants and defining the relevant criteria, that should ensure the selection of applications.

Consortium members:

Webpage: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/ro
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo@eurada.org

May 2016 – 30th April 2018  

The project will make operative the alignment of high education institutions (HEI) in regional smart specialisation strategies. It will collect best practices to showcase with example how better do this involvement. EURADA is part of the advisory board of the project.

The Smart specialisation approach combines industrial, educational and innovation policies for countries/regions to identify and select a limited number of priority areas for knowledge-based investments, focusing on their strengths and comparative advantages.
Smart specialisation processes need to be based on a strong partnership between businesses, public entities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), essential for success.

The role of HEIs in smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) is a current challenge that the EC aims to tackle, in order to maximise the impact that HEIs may have in the design and implementation of successful RIS3.

Thinking Smart sets out an innovative objective: support HEIs in contributing to and benefiting from Smart Specialisation strategies.

Coordinator: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

More information: http://thinkingsmart.utad.pt/