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PROJECTS

 

HELPING REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


As a network of RDAs, EURADA is constantly involved in various initiatives helping regional economic development. Those projects are implemented with the cooperation of European partners, with the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund in particular. Discover our different on-going projects in detail on this page

Horizon 2020: tetRRIS - Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialisation

 

The project aimed to create, share and promote support schemes not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefitting migrants.

tetRRIS takes 4 regions/territories, their policymakers and stakeholders, on a journey through pilot experiments in Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialisation. For TetRRIS, four pilot regions Tampere (FI); Karlsruhe (DE), Cantabria (ES), Szeged-Timisoara (RO/HU) have been selected and are central to the scientific research and associated policy recommendations seeking to address societal challenges at the local level.

In a nutshell, as theoretically the pilot regions are the space where R&I activities produce actual innovation, the project will support its pilot regions to make RRI integration possible within R&I territorial governance (Smart Specialisation). Overall, this approach aiming to ready regions for RRI integration in their TRISs (Territorial research and innovation system), will be replicable and replicated to actors wider than the project regions through awareness raising and policy recommendations.”
 

September 2020 – August 2023

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,980,437 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 185,625 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project: TetRRIS - Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialization
The project aims to implement RRI in the territorial level. For this end, various European regions are participating in the project. The regions are from different parts of Europe giving an opportunity to make visible and compare different politico-economic contexts and their effects on the implementation of RRI. The project will: a) Map and analyze the territorial systems to understand what is the current role of RRI, and what are the drivers and barriers for a RRI related transition; b) Co-create with the stakeholders mechanisms and supporting elements for the increasing implementation of RRI; c) Support the organization of the pilots in the implementation of RRI; d) Organize opportunities for territorial actors to learn and have peer support from other regions internationally; and e) Support dialogue between different levels of governance of research and innovation on RRI. The project will utilize innovation systems related theories together with theories of systemic and organizational change.

Type of services provided:

Provision of research and advice on support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs and enterprises benefitting migrants collected from RDAs and IAs and analysed. Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level. • Exploitation of the results of the project • Communication and dissemination: EURADA will spread outcomes and success of the project with the next tools: - Establishment of a Communication and Dissemination Strategy and visual identity - Creation of the website, brochures, newsletter, etc - promotion of the project on print journals, magazines, web, radio and TV • The organisation of a final conference in Brussels (M36) for around 150-200 people to summarise the project, present the main results to regional practitioners, and link with EC services, other EU institutions, major stakeholders and researchers

Consortium members:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy; Yaghma; Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.; Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation; Association Europeenne Des Agences De Developpement (EURADA); Sociedad Para El Desarrollo Regional De Cantabria Sa; Pirkanmaan Liitto; TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH; Dél-alföldi Regionális Innovációs Ügynökség Közhasznú Egyesület.

Webpage: https://tetrris.eu//
Twitter:https://twitter.com/TetRRIS_project
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: DIH WORLD


DIH-World concentrates on the acceleration of digital technologies’ adoption by European SMEs, regardless of their activity sector. This goal is reached through the strengthening of regional DIHs across Europe with a special focus on regions that lack representation. Through the provision of methodologies, technologies, tools, training, and others to DIHs, DIH-World ensures that enterprises will have the possibility of building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, hence contributing to their survival.

July 2020 – June 2023


Country: Spain
Overall project budget: 8,566,745 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 170,000€
Budget origin: European Commission | DG CONNECT


Description of the project: DIH-World concentrates on the acceleration of digital technologies’ adoption by European SMEs, regardless of their activity sector. This goal is reached through the strengthening of regional DIHs across Europe with a special focus on regions that lack representation. Through the provision of methodologies, technologies, tools, training, and others to DIHs, DIH-World ensures that enterprises will have the possibility of building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, hence contributing to their survival.

Type of services provided:

    Providing DIHs, access to harmonised tools, well-proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment.

  •     Creation of the DIH-World platform, that will provide full coverage of the services needed by the DIHs and the SMEs willing to identify the right DIH for them.
  •     Creation of the DIH-Academy that will provide the tools to train DIHs and bring them to the next level.
  •     Open calls for experiments, that will provide sufficient technical support to SMEs and midcaps.
  •     A broad geographical coverage, with more than 26 countries to be covered in Europe including specific activities to involve regional and national actors in the DIH network.

Consortium members: Consultores De Automatización Y Robótica, S.A (CARSA). The consortium members are: PriceWaterhouse Coopers Advisory SPA; IMP’rove – European Innovation Management Academy EWIV; Asociación de Empresas Tecnológicas INNOVALIA; Association Europeenne des Agences de Developpement; CBT Communication & Multimedia, S.L.

Webpage:https://dihworld.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/DihWorld
EURADA contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: ENTRANCES

 

ENTRANCES stands for ENergy TRANsition from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies, a project that is framed under the topic “SSH aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition”. It aims to research and analyse the challenges that the carbon-intensive regions are facing following a multi-contextual framework: 1) the de-carbonisation policies; 2) the ongoing processes of de-territorialisation; 3) the territorial dimension of clean energy transition. Throughout 36 months, the social impact of the decarbonisation processes on 13 European regions will be monitored through six different approaches: the socio-economic, socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-psychological. Hence, the lesson taught by these regions will serve to attain fairness and sustainable transitions in similar territories.

May 2020 – May 2023


Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,99,523.13 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 117,500.00€
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD


Description of the project: ENTRANCES stands for ENergy TRANsition from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies, a project that is framed under the topic “SSH aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition”. It aims to research and analyse the challenges that the carbon-intensive regions are facing following a multi-contextual framework: 1) the de-carbonisation policies; 2) the ongoing processes of de-territorialisation; 3) the territorial dimension of clean energy transition. Throughout 36 months, the social impact of the decarbonisation processes on 13 European regions will be monitored through six different approaches: the socio-economic, socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-psychological. Hence, the lesson taught by these regions will serve to attain fairness and sustainable transitions in similar territories.

Type of services provided:

  •     Create a Board of Regional Stakeholders, engaging more than 50 experts from regions that are experiencing decarbonisation processes, that have a carbon-intensive economy, or that have some link with the topics of the project;
  •     Contact regions from outside Europe that are facing similar challenges to invite them to the key meetings of the projects and keep them informed about the development of it in order to learn from their experiences, to share knowledge and best practices.

Consortium members: UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA (ES), AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE (IT), L’ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE (IT), CONOSCENZA E INNOVAZIONE SOCIETA ARESPONSABILITA LIMITATA SEMPLIFICATA (IT), LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG HALLE E.V. (DE), LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR OKOLOGISCHE RAUMENTWICKLUNG EV (DE), ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION (AT), NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU (NO), ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES AGENCES DE DEVELOPPEMENT (BE), INSTYTUT GOSPODARKI SUROWCAMI MINERALNYMI I ENERGIA PAN (PL), UNIVERSITATEA ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA DIN IASI (RO), SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVACAO CONSULTADORIA EMPRESARIAL E FOMENTO DA INOVACAO SA (PT), WOMEN ENGAGE FOR A COMMON FUTURE FRANCE (WECF) (FR), CENTRUM SPOLOCENSKYCH A PSYCHOLOGICKYCH VIED SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED (SK), and CARDIFF UNIVERSITY (UK).

Webpage:https://entrancesproject.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/H2020Entrances
EURADA contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: POCITYF

 

POCITYF supports the Lighthouse cities of Evora (PT) and Alkmaar (NL) and their Fellow cities Granada (ES), Bari (ΙΤ), Celje (SI), Ujpest (HU), Ioannina (GR) and Hvidovre (DK) to address their urgent need to deliver positive energy blocks and districts in their cities, towards rendering their mixed urban environment (also including the case of cultural protected buildings) into cheaper, better accessible, healthier and more reliable. By demonstrating in overall 10 integrated solutions (ISs), comprising 73 individual innovative elements (technologies, tools, methods), rooted under existing City Information Platforms (CIPs), POCITYF quantifies their value, and connects interests of many different stakeholders in innovative business models, allowing for upscale and replication of those solutions in a form of a validated roadmap for sustainable cities across Europe and world-wide.

September 2019 – September 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget:19,999,212 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 125,000 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project: POCITYF: A POsitive Energy CITY Transformation Framework.
POCITYF supports the Lighthouse cities of Evora (PT) and Alkmaar (NL) and their Fellow cities Granada (ES), Bari (ΙΤ), Celje (SI), Ujpest (HU), Ioannina (GR) and Hvidovre (DK) to address their urgent need to deliver positive energy blocks and districts in their cities, towards rendering their mixed urban environment (also including the case of cultural protected buildings) into cheaper, better accessible, healthier and more reliable. By demonstrating in overall 10 integrated solutions (ISs), comprising 73 individual innovative elements (technologies, tools, methods), rooted under existing City Information Platforms (CIPs), POCITYF quantifies their value, and connects interests of many different stakeholders in innovative business models, allowing for upscale and replication of those solutions in a form of a validated roadmap for sustainable cities across Europe and world-wide.

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the promotion and selection process of EU regions;

  • Coordination of peer learning and in-depth understanding of regional needs and practical RIS3 benefits, identification of new business opportunities, and establishment of pilot projects and/or cooperation agreements EU-LA.

  • Support of the promotion of IUC-LA project in the forums and conferences.

Consortium members: POCITYF is coordinated by LABELEC – ESTUDOS, DESENVOLVIMENTO E ACTIVIDADES LABORATORIALS and developed in cooperation with 45 other partners: CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE EVORA, UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIASASSOCIACAO, UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA, UBIWHERE LDA, DECSIS SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO S.A., SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SPA, PACT PARQUE DO ALENTEJO DE CIENCIAE TECNOLOGIA, SONAE MC – SERVICOS PARTILHADOS, SA, ONYX SOLAR ENERGY SL, TEGOLA CANADESE SPA, AMPS POWER GMBH, KIMATICA MONOPROSOPI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EUTHYNIS, INESC TEC – INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA, GEMEENTE ALKMAAR, STICHTING ENERGY VALLEY, STICHTING HOGER ONDERWIJS NEDERLAND, NV HVC, NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO, STICHTING WOONWAARD NOORD-KENNEMERLAND, WONINGSTICHTING VAN ALCKMAER VOOR WONEN, DUURZAAM BOUWLOKET B.V, CONNEXXION OPENBAAR VERVOER NV, ALLIANDER NV, NEROA BV, AYUNTAMIENTO DE GRANADA, ASOCIACION AGENCIA PROVINCIAL DE LA ENERGIA DE GRANADA, INSTITUT DE TECNOLOGIA DE LA CONSTRUCCION DE CATALUNYA, COMUNE DI BARI, ENERGY@WORK SOCIETA’ COOPERATIVA A R.L., MESTNA OBCINA CELJE, ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE, BUDAPEST FOVAROS IV. KERULET UJPEST ONKORMANYZATA, EMI EPITESUGYI MINOSEGELLENORZO INNOVACIOS NONPROFIT KFT, MUNICIPALITY OF IOANNINA, HVIDOVRE KOMMUNE, EUROPEAN GREEN CITIES APS, ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, FONDAZIONE ICONS, RINA CONSULTING SPA, FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS, AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH, ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES AGENCES DE DEVELOPPEMENT, ENERSIS SUISSE AG, RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN.

Webpage:https://pocityf.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/pocityf
Eurada contact person: owen.brown(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: TeRRItoria

 

TeRRItoria operates in a context of transition in European society, which is often critical. For territorial governance, this shift and transition can be a challenge to the usual strategies and measures fostering economic development and social cohesion. In this context of contestation and transition, the concept of RRI, and by extension the search for Territorial RRI, may be a way of enabling local and regional governance actors to deal with such an era of change. By linking RRI to regions and territorial governance, the project assumes that the competitiveness of European territories and regions will be fostered. Adopting RRI into regional governance is not well documented and TeRRItoria will mark one of the first steps to exploring this unmapped territory.

February 2019 – February 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,999,833.75 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 148,375 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project: TeRRItoria (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Through the involvement of local R&I Actors) is a project which aims to position regions and local authorities as a factor to be considered in the overall concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

TeRRItoria operates in a context of transition in European society, which is often critical. For territorial governance, this shift and transition can be a challenge to the usual strategies and measures fostering economic development and social cohesion. In this context of contestation and transition, the concept of RRI, and by extension the search for Territorial RRI, may be a way of enabling local and regional governance actors to deal with such an era of change. By linking RRI to regions and territorial governance, the project assumes that the competitiveness of European territories and regions will be fostered. Adopting RRI into regional governance is not well documented and TeRRItoria will mark one of the first steps to exploring this unmapped territory.
EURADA is the project partner for TeRRItoria responsible for communication.
The lead partner responsible for the overall management and coordination of the project is the European Science Foundation (ESF).

Type of services provided:

  • Coordination of the communication activities (ensuring that the activities of the project and project partners are communicated and disseminated to identified stakeholders, policymakers and the general public);

  • Coordination of the external experts and third parties involved with the project in the research and government sector.

Consortium members: ESF; K&I; Aarhus University; Central Macedonia; NTNU; ARC-Fund; ASTER; SEERC; DBT: Municipality of Gabrovo; Community of Trodelag; ADR Nord-Est.

Webpage:http://territoriaproject.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/Territorial_RRI
Eurada contact person: giacomo.frisanco(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: XPRESS

 

The XPRESS will facilitate the introduction of innovative RES technologies (Renewable Energy Source) and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption through the objectives: 1. creating a web platform that supports interacting between public procurers, innovative SMEs and end users of green innovations (WP2); 2. mapping of the low carbon energy needs of cities and municipalities with the RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs (WP1 and WP2); 3. improving the application of GPPs to innovative RES technologies (WP3); 4. increasing the awareness of innovative SMEs about RES technologies via GPPs (WP3); 5. developing a new methodology to evaluate RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs across their life cycle in order to estimate the CO2 emissions (WP4). XPRESS will focus initially on selected cities and municipalities within UK, IT, NO, DE, SE, ES, DK SL, PT and BE with the goal of extending the analysis and the involvement to wider regions within those countries.

September 2019 – September 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,999,973 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 178,750 €
Budget origin: European Commission | DG RTD

 

Description of the project: XPRESS: Support for Public Procurements to facilitate the collaboration between SMEs and public sector for the development and adoption in renewables in regions.
The XPRESS will facilitate the introduction of innovative RES technologies (Renewable Energy Source) and increase the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption through the objectives: 1. creating a web platform that supports interacting between public procurers, innovative SMEs and end users of green innovations (WP2); 2. mapping of the low carbon energy needs of cities and municipalities with the RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs (WP1 and WP2); 3. improving the application of GPPs to innovative RES technologies (WP3); 4. increasing the awareness of innovative SMEs about RES technologies via GPPs (WP3); 5. developing a new methodology to evaluate RES technologies developed by innovative SMEs across their life cycle in order to estimate the CO2 emissions (WP4). XPRESS will focus initially on selected cities and municipalities within UK, IT, NO, DE, SE, ES, DK SL, PT and BE with the goal of extending the analysis and the involvement to wider regions within those countries.

Type of services provided:

  • Data collection and management about green public procurement (GPP) and RES technologies at EU level;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

  • Coordination of policy co-creation workshops and case studies to gather representatives from cities and enterprises across Europe and co-create policy recommendations with a focus on the thematic areas mentioned in the EU Urban Agenda as well as in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs);

Consortium members: Officinae Verdi Group SPA; eAmbiente SRL; University of York; Element Energy Limited; Berlin DIW; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Agenzia per la promozione della ricerca europea; Linnaeus University; GLOBAZ, S.A.; Rete Internazionale Per Le Piccole e Medie imprese; Fundancion Circe; European Green Cities APS; Alleanza per il Clima Italia; Climate Alliance Europe; Slovak Craft Industry Federation.

Webpage:https://www.xpress-h2020.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/xpressh2020
Eurada contact person: giacomo.frisanco(at)eurada.org

Erasmus+ : OBEC

 

The main focus of OBES is on the educational system, and on exploring the possibilities that blockchain technology may offer to the education field in regard to certifications issuing and recognition. 

OBEC targets new migrant men and women, exchange students, and persons with informal and non-formal learning experiences who encounter issues to validate and obtain recognition for their skills, competences, and qualifications when moving across national borders. The main goal is to contribute to the promotion of social and professional inclusion by resorting to Blockchain (BC) as an innovative technology which has the capacity of revolutionizing the educational environment through the creation of a transparent, reliable, and immutable system for issuing and validating learning credentials. 
 

October 2020 – September 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 234,490 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 41,976 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EACEA

 

Description of the project: OBEC: one block for educational credentials
OBEC targets new migrant men and women, exchange students, and persons with informal and non-formal learning experiences who encounter issues to validate and obtain recognition for their skills, competences, and qualifications when moving across national borders. The main goal is to contribute to the promotion of social and professional inclusion by resorting to Blockchain (BC) as an innovative technology which has the capacity of revolutionizing the educational environment through the creation of a transparent, reliable, and immutable system for issuing and validating learning credentials. This project seeks to: - Develop an in-depth research of the status and knowledge gaps of BC in the education context; - Introduce the potential of BC for the development of a trusted and transparent system of educational certificates in Europe, which could give Europe a global innovation edge in this arena; - Explore and apply an existing technology to the educational field in order to foster innovative tools for the creation, recognition, validation, and sharing of professional skills and academic qualifications across nations; - Promote social inclusion, gender equality, and boost employability by investing in an innovative educational system which will encourage the integration of all into labour markets.

Type of services provided:

EURADA will coordinate the quality assessment activities of OBEC by distributing questionnaires to meeting attendees after meetings, multiplier events, training activities, and the testing phase. EURADA will also lead the quality committee.

EURADA will organise the project’s final meeting in Brussels in M24 (Sept 2022). During this meeting, all project activities and their outcomes will be assessed by the whole consortium, as well as the project management and dissemination activities.

  • EURADA, is the Promotion and Dissemination Lead and responsible for the project dissemination activities. EURADA will develop the communication strategy to monitor progress on the dissemination activities with the support of all partners. EURADA will be responsible for searching the best opportunities and means to promote the project, coordinating and monitoring all partners’ dissemination activities. All partners will be responsible for dissemination activities and will manage dissemination all over the partner countries.

  • 5 multipliers events are foreseen, and they will take place in the 4 countries represented in the project: Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Sweden. A special dissemination digital kit will be prepared to support these events, the project webpage will be also key for the project dissemination. EURADA will also lead the promotion and dissemination committee of the project.

Consortium members: SwIdeas; Regional Develpment Agency of Sisak-Moslavina County (SI-MO-RA); Lai-Momo Societa' Cooperativa Sociale; Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo.

Eurada contact person: owen.brown(at)eurada.org

Erasmus+ :  U-ECO

 

The U-eco focuses on the key role of Circular Economy (CE) as a way of decoupling growth from resource constraints, i.e., of generating no or minimal waste, and whatever waste generated can be used as an input for another business or safely returned to the environment. The project aims to:

  • Identify the current state of Circular Economy in the Eurozone,
  • Identify fields with more growth potential and professions needed,
  • Promote Circular Economy by highlighting the opportunities this model has to offer and underlining the risks linear economy has on our society,
  • Educate and introduce young adults to circular business models and empower them in the Circular Economy Context.

October 2019 – September 2021

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 280,456 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 56,956 €
Budget origin: European Commission | EACEA

 

Description of the project: U-eco: Upskilling for more creative circular economy.
The U-eco focuses on the key role of Circular Economy (CE) as a way of decoupling growth from resource constraints, i.e., of generating no or minimal waste, and whatever waste generated can be used as an input for another business or safely returned to the environment. The project aims to: 1.in BE and SE – enhancing the notions of sustainability while maintaining progress in finding new market segments to boost employability over the coming decades;
2.in ES – to sustain circular economy through eco-efficient and sustainable processes requires putting into practice a new model with greater added value, more innovative, cleaner and competitive;
3.in PL – to promote strategies of ecological education and sustainable of consumption;
4. In RO – to identify, design and plan industrial ecosystems within an eco-innovation park as an important way promoting circular economy on regional, microeconomic and sectoral scale.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of advice to project partners about the suitability of the solutions provided based on its experience of its members in the promotion of start-ups, Circular Economy and the implementation of public support policies for industrial competitiveness.

  • Coordination of EU-wide multiplier events to facilitate the exploitation of the project results with regional and local authorities.

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members: SwIdeas; Training for Develop and Integration (DEFOIN); BIOAZUL; Association for the Regional Initiatives Development (ARID); Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente.

Eurada contact person: owen.brown(at)eurada.org

Interreg Europe: Beyond EDP

 

The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs.

April 2016 – March 2021

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,897,328 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 123,492 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

 

Description of the project: Beyond EDP: Improve the RIS3 effectiveness through the management of the entrepreneurial discovery process.
The Beyond EDP project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) in Europe, boosting the Regional Innovation smart specialisation strategy (RIS3, in short) adopted by Europe in 2014. Knowledge institutes and businesses need each other for innovation and to turn that innovation into saleable products and practical applications. SMEs can fulfil an important role here. Among SMEs are leaders, developers, early adopters, and followers. Most companies can be classed as followers, meaning that innovation is far from a priority for many entrepreneurs.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to Beyond EDP project partners about best-practices related to the entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) and the RIS3 EU-wide;

  • Support of Beyond EDP project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to strengthening the RIS3 at regional level;

  • Organisation of Beyond EDP final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, enterprises and academia.

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level

Consortium members: DEV’UP;  Universities and Higher Education: Foundation of Castilla y León; Regional Development Agency Centru (RDA Centru); (FUNDECYT-PCTEX); Lodzkie Region; North France Innovation & Development; Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance; Region Östergötland; Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg; Umbria Region; Regional Council Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Webpage:https://www.interregeurope.eu/beyondedp/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/Beyond_EDP
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

Interreg Europe: ESSPO

 

The project takes a long-term approach to contribute to the creation of effective and efficient SME support service portfolios, which are capable to impact the regional economies via increasing SME’s competitiveness, especially focusing on their growth on national and international markets as well as on their improved engagement in innovation processes. The project seeks to develop changes in the regional territories of the project partners listed and includes making changes to regional development instruments such as voucher schemes and incubation support. Changes to soft support of regional partners are also sought in the areas of promotion of services for SMEs and supporting business support organisations.

January 2016 – December 2020

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 2,152,103 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 263,175 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

Description of the project: ESSPO: Efficient support services portfolios for SMEs.
The project takes a long-term approach to contribute to the creation of effective and efficient SME support service portfolios, which are capable to impact the regional economies via increasing SME’s competitiveness, especially focusing on their growth on national and international markets as well as on their improved engagement in innovation processes. The project seeks to develop changes in the regional territories of the project partners listed and includes making changes to regional development instruments such as voucher schemes and incubation support. Changes to soft support of regional partners are also sought in the areas of promotion of services for SMEs and supporting business support organisations.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to ESSPO project partners about best-practices related to SMEs support service portfolios with focus on national and international markets and innovation processes;

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

  • Support of ESSPO project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to SMEs support service portfolios at regional level;

  • Organisation of ESSPO final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, enterprises and academia.

Consortium members: Poznan Science and Technology Park; Dev’Up; ADE – Castilla y Leon Region; Municipality of Gabrovo; ARC Fund; Tartu Science Park Foundation; Tecnalia

Webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/esspo/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESSPOproject/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

Interreg Europe: SCALE UP

 

SCALE UP plans to improve policy instruments supporting SMEs capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets. SCALE UP contributes to the European competitiveness and acceleration of regional economic growth through improvement of policy instruments. This way, regional and local authorities can respond adequately to key obstacles that hamper SMEs on their path to growth.
The following key areas have been identified to work in the project: New business collaborative models; Improve collaborative culture between science, technology, innovation & industrial companies; Regional smart specialisation sectors in form of partnerships/networks/clusters; use & adaptation to new technologies and accessing to finance tools.

August 2019 – July 2022

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget:1,290,802 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 148,440 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

 

Description of the project: SCALE UP: Supporting concentration and robustness of SMEs within the renewed EU industrial policy.
SCALE UP plans to improve policy instruments supporting SMEs capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets. SCALE UP contributes to the European competitiveness and acceleration of regional economic growth through improvement of policy instruments. This way, regional and local authorities can respond adequately to key obstacles that hamper SMEs on their path to growth.
The following key areas have been identified to work in the project: New business collaborative models; Improve collaborative culture between science, technology, innovation & industrial companies; Regional smart specialisation sectors in form of partnerships/networks/clusters; use & adaptation to new technologies and accessing to finance tools.

Type of services provided:

  • Identification and benchmarking of best-practices about industry business scaleup policies at EU level;

  • Organisation of the SCALE UP final conference with the participation of representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, SMEs and academia

  • Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at local, regional and European level.

Consortium members:INFO Murcia; Regional Management Northem Hesse GmbH; Regional Development Fund on behalf the Region of Attica; Lazio INNOVA; Lubelskie Voivodeship; Nottingham city council

Webpage:https://www.interregeurope.eu/scaleup/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/SCALEUP_project
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/scale-up-interreg-project/
Eurada contact person: giacomo.frisanco(at)eurada.org

Interreg Europe: SOCIAL SEEDS

 

The project gathered regions with the goal to enhancing the social enterprise eco-systems in European regions through government-run measurement and labelling scheme. Social Seeds equipped policymakers with an evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth and employment in social enterprises including their eco-systems in European cities and regions. To this end, a regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises was established. It will help policy-makers’ concrete actions towards creating the right conditions to allow the sector to thrive. Although, similar issues related to strengthening the position of SEs within the private and public sphere have already been part of EU development agendas for many years, the focus on ranking and benchmarking regional and local SEs according to policy metrics is new.

January 2016 – December 2020

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 1,636,675 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 273,900 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Interreg Europe (ERDF)

 

Description of the project: Social Seeds: Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System.
The project gathered regions with the goal to enhancing the social enterprise eco-systems in European regions through government-run measurement and labelling scheme. Social Seeds equipped policymakers with an evidence-based policy diagnostic tool that increases the effectiveness of local and regional policies for stimulation of growth and employment in social enterprises including their eco-systems in European cities and regions. To this end, a regional and local government-run measurement and labelling scheme addressed to social enterprises was established. It will help policy-makers’ concrete actions towards creating the right conditions to allow the sector to thrive. Although, similar issues related to strengthening the position of SEs within the private and public sphere have already been part of EU development agendas for many years, the focus on ranking and benchmarking regional and local SEs according to policy metrics is new.

Type of services provided:

  • Provision of research and advice to Social Seeds project partners about best-practices e.g. start-up, scale-up, finance, internationalisation, up-skilling, and innovation related to social innovation and social enterprises EU-wide;

  • Support of Social Seeds project partners to review and further develop their action plans related to strengthening regional social enterprise eco-systems;

  • Organisation of the Social Seeds final conference titled AGORADA 2019 (27/28.03.2019) with the participation of 100+ representatives of the European institutions, RDAs, IAs, social enterprises and academia.Communication about the project progress and dissemination about the project results at European level.

Consortium members: IFKA Public Benefit Non­Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry; Steinbeis Innovation GmbH;  Rzeszow Regional Development Agency Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia RERA Inc; BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj.

Webpage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/socialseeds/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectSocialSEEDS/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Social__Seeds
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8530360/
Eurada contact person: esteban.pelayo(at)eurada.org

EuropeAid: IURC

 

The action represents a second phase of the International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) with a view to taking forward, and developing, the first phase, 2016-2020, as part of a long-term strategy to foster urban diplomacy as an important vehicle of the EU's external relations. Reflecting the interest outside the EU in the EU’s decentralised approach to promoting competitiveness through innovation in a way that takes into account the particular specificities and potential of various territories and therefore the increasing role of inter-regional cooperation.


The countries concerned by the action are the following: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.

January 2021 – January 2024

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 700,000 €
Budget carried out by EURADA:21,000 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Tender

 

Description of the project: IURC: International Urban and Regional Cooperation
The action represents a second phase of the International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) with a view to taking forward, and developing, the first phase, 2016-2020, as part of a long-term strategy to foster urban diplomacy as an important vehicle of the EU's external relations. Reflecting the interest outside the EU in the EU’s decentralised approach to promoting competitiveness through innovation in a way that takes into account the particular specificities and potential of various territories and therefore the increasing role of inter-regional cooperation. The countries concerned by the action are the following: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.

Type of services provided:

  • Support to peer region to region cooperation in the field of innovation (between EU and, on the one hand, selected regions in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia and, on the other, with selected regions in China). The cooperation of regions will be one-to-one and in thematic clusters.

  • Promotion of the profiles of cooperation from regions outside the EU to European Regions to establish pairing on mutual interest.

Consortium members: ACCIONA Ingeniería Civil Especializada Obra Civil e Industrial; EUROCITIES; Información y Desarrollo S.L. (INFYDE); Association Europeenne des Agences de Développement (EURADA)..

Webpage:https://www.iurc.eu/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/IURC_Programme
Eurada contact person: irae.almora(at)eurada.org

EuropeAid: IURC

 

TAMSALL aims to contribute to the development of qualitative local public services in Libya. This will imply the empowerment of liaison with donors, international organisations, European regional and local authorities, as well as relevant stakeholders, and the reinforcement of administrative tools for planning and implementing services.


Within this framework, the two specific objectives of this action are: Specific Objective 1 (S.O1) – National and international cooperation of Libyan municipalities on environment, youth, social and health as well as communication services is improved; Specific Objective 2 – (S.O2) New/improved methodologies for planning and implementing local services are adopted by Libyan municipalities.

January 2021 – September 2023

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: 3,499,060.50 €
Budget carried out by EURADA: 123, 050 €
Budget origin: European Commission | Tender

 

Description of the project: TAMSALL: Towards A new Multilevel Shared Approach for Libya Local governance
TAMSALL aims to contribute to the development of qualitative local public services in Libya. This will imply the empowerment of liaison with donors, international organisations, European regional and local authorities, as well as relevant stakeholders, and the reinforcement of administrative tools for planning and implementing services. Within this framework, the two specific objectives of this action are: Specific Objective 1 (S.O1) – National and international cooperation of Libyan municipalities on environment, youth, social and health as well as communication services is improved; Specific Objective 2 – (S.O2) New/improved methodologies for planning and implementing local services are adopted by Libyan municipalities..

Type of services provided:

  • Communication and dissemination of the project at EU institutional level.

  • Interview of Nicosia municipalities’ representatives in Brussels during the Preparation Phase.

  • Organisation of Traineeship Visits of Activity 7 under Component 2, facilitating the contacts with potential European hosting institutions.

  • Active collaboration for the creation of contents for the TAMSALL project social media pages.

Consortium members: Attractiveness Research Territory (ART-ER), Agenzia per lo Sviluppo e la Cooperazione Economica Internazionale (INFORMEST), Association Europeenne des Agences de Developpement (EURADA)

Eurada contact person: irae.almora(at)eurada.org