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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: Agro2Circular

 

Agro2Circular is a Horizon 2020 funded project of 36 months that started 1 October 2021 with estimated eligible costs of €16,846,032.50 (maximum grant amount is €14,074,828.28).

Agro2Circular is focused on the implementation of the first territorial systemic solution for the upcycling of the most relevant residues in the agrifood sector (fruits & vegetables and plastic multilayers) into high added-value products, powered by a digital tool and constructed upon a systemic approach with high replicable and scalable potential.

Wastes from the agrifood sector will be upcycled to obtain:

  1. Bioactives with high purity and stability to be used for new food, nutraceutical & cosmetic formulations;
  2. High barrier recyclable plastic formulations as an alternative to current multilayers in food packaging & agriculture;
  3. PHBV bioplastics compounds for biodegradable food packaging & films for agriculture;
  4. Carotenoids for cosmetic formulations.

October 2021 – September 2024

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: €16,846,032.50
Budget carried out by EURADA: €147,250.00
Budget origin: European Commission | REA  | H2020

 

Description of the project:

Agro2circular is focused on the implementation of the first territorial systemic solution for the upcycling of fruits & vegetables and plastic multilayers into high added-value products, which are the most relevant residues in the agrifood sector. This endeavour will furthermore be powered by a digital tool and constructed upon a systemic approach with high replicable and scalable potential.

Type of services provided:

EURADA is responsible for research into financing schemes linked to the business models generated that will make use of the developed systemic solutions. In addition, EURADA is the lead partner for networking and clustering activities.

Consortium members:

Centro Tecnológico del Calzado de la Región de Murcia; Green World Compounding; Saperatec; IRIS Technology Solutions; Universität für Bodenkultur Wien; Mellizyme Biotechnology; CETEC Biotechnology; Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca; Universidad de Alicante; Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology; Regenera Levante; Centre of Expertise Water Technology; Asociación Empresarial de Investigación Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva; Agrotransformados; Laboratorios Almond; PROEXPORT - Asociacion De Organizaciones de Productores de Frutas y Hortalizas de la Region de Murcia; DMC Research Center; Citromil; MKS Instruments; Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari; K-veloce; Universitat de València; Fundación Cajamar; Región de Murcia; Asociación Española de Normalización; Fundación Cluster Agroalimentario de la Región de Murcia; Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi; Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT; Fondazione iCons; Fundación Primafrio; Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia; Ecotrace Plastics; Equmetrics; Exus Software Monoprosopi Etairia Periorismenis Evthinis; EVRYTHNG Sàrl; Solplast; EVERSIA; Tribu Bio & Wild; Tecnoalimenti; Lietuvos pramonininkų konfederacija

 

Webpage: https://agro2circular.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Agro2Circular
Eurada contact person: jerome.friedrich(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 – July 2023


Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: €8,566,745
Budget carried out by EURADA: €170,000 (1.98%)
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: Intellera consulting; 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: Julia.colomer(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: ENTRANCES - ENergy TRANsition from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies

 

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.

September 2020 – September 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:

This project is framed under the topic "SSH aspects of the Clean-Energy Transition" and it tries to interpret the "Challengues facing the carbon intensive regions" within a multi-contextual framework: 1) the de-carbonisation policies;

2) the ongoing processes of de-territorialisation; 

3) the territorial dimension of clean energy transition.

The overall goal is developing a theoretically-based and empirically-grounded understanding of cross-cutting issues related these SSH aspects of the clean energy transition in European coal and carbon-intensive regions, so as to formulate a set of recommendations able to tackle these issues.

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; Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuevo Tecnologie; Conoscenza e Innovazione Societa Aresponsabilita Limitata Semplificata; Leibniz- Institut Fuer Wirtschaftsforschung Halle E.V.; Liebniz- Institut For Okologische Raumentwicklung EV; Zentrum Fuer Soziale Innovation; Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU; The Eruopean Association of Development Agencies (EURADA); Instytut Gospodarki Surowcami Mineralnymi I Energia Pan; Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza Din Iasi; Sociedade Portuguesa De Inovacao Consultadoria Empresarial E Fomento Da Inovacao Sa; Women Engage For A Common Future France (Wecf); Centrum Spolocenskych A Psychologickych Vied Slovenskej Akademie Vied; Cardiff University.

 

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

Horizon 2020: FRONTSH1P - A FRONTrunner approach to Systemic circular, Holistic & Inclusive solutions for a new Paradigm of territorial circular economy

 

FRONTSH1P is a 48 month long European circular economy project that started on 1 November 2021. It is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme (up to a maximum grant of € 16 112 118.01).

The project is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie. A region that on the one hand, traditionally heavily relies on coal extraction, and on the other hand, has pioneered circular economy since the early 2000s.

FRONTSH1P will contribute to further the green transition of the region away from its current linear economic foundation, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It will do so by demonstrating four Circular Systemic Solutions (CSSs). Each CSS will be implemented in the region and targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging, Food & Feed, Water & Nutrients, and Plastic & Rubber Waste.

November 2021 – October 2025

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: €18,959,452.50
Budget carried out by EURADA: €350,093.75
Budget origin: European Commission | REA  | H2020

 

Description of the project:

FRONTSH1P is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie and contributes to further the green and just transition of the region away from its current linear model of economic development, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It does so by demonstrating four circular systemic solutions (CSSs). Each CSS will be implemented in the region and targets an economic sector that is itself aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging, Food & Feed, Water & Nutrients, and Plastic & Rubber Waste. Another major goal in the demonstration of the CSSs is their replicability. A feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy), Stereá Elláda (Greece), Região do Norte (Portugal), and Friesland (the Netherlands). FRONTSH1P will apply a circular governance model and create circular regional clusters, which will involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private sphere.

Type of services provided:

EURADA is the lead beneficiary of WP9 Dissemination and Exploitation. WP9 is divided into three tasks: T9.1 Communication and Dissemination Plan; T9.2 Participatory Definition of Network of Stakeholders, e-Learning Requirements, Final Event; and T9.3 Exploitation Strategy. Basis for all activities undertaken in this work package is the Communication and Dissemination Plan, which is also the first priority of EURADA in the project as it’s due date is M1 (November 2021).

Consortium members:

K-Flex Polska; Centrum Badań i Innowacji Pro-Akademia; Centrum OPUS; Politechnika Łódzka; Uniwersytet Łódzki; Województwo Łódzkie; Związek Międzygminny Bzura; Gmina Parzęczew; KPMG Poland; Sirmax Polska; Leda Polymer; Libera Università di Bolzano; Sviluppo Tecnologie e Ricerca per l’Edilizia Sismicamente Sicura ed ecoSostenibile; Proplast - Consorzio per la Promozione della Cultura Plastica; Gruppo di Azione Locale Irpinia; Novamont; Stam; Carmasciando Società Agricola; National Technical University of Athens; Centre for Research and Technology Hellas; Periféria Stereás Elládhas; Municipality of Levadia; Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia; Laboratorio Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnología; Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte; Centro Tecnológico CARTIF; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Vereniging Circulair Friesland; Provincie Fryslan; Waste4ME; VELTHA; Promix Solutions; Burkhardt

 

Webpage: https://frontsh1p.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/frontsh1p
Eurada contact person: jerome.friedrichs(at)eurada.org

Horizon 2020: 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.

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.

 

Website: https://pocityf.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pocityf LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pocityf/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com
Contact person within EURADA:  irae.almora(at)eurada.org 

Horizon 2020: TeRRItoria - Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation through the involvement of local R&I actors

 

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:

EURADA carried out following tasks:

  • 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);
  • Managing the dissemination of the outcomes and exploitation of the results;
  • Organisation of 12 #ResponsibleRegions Dialogues to gather in webinars regional practitioners and academics;
  • 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: 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:

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: valerie.ziegler(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+ : ALLVIEW - Alliance for Centres of Vocational Excellence in the Furniture and Wood sector

 

ALLVIEW is a new transnational cooperation platform that connects partners within the wood and furniture sector on a regional, national, and European level. ALLVIEW aims to follow an innovative approach to modernise vocational education and training. Centres of Vocational Excellent (CoVEs) aim to drive innovation and excellence in vocational education and training by bringing together a wide range of local partners to provide high quality vocational skills, support entrepreneurial activities, diffuse innovation, and act as knowledge and innovation hubs for companies and particularly SMEs.

November 2020 – October 2024

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: €4,949,950
Budget carried out by EURADA: €312,153 (6.3%)
Budget origin: European Commission | EACEA

 

Description of the project:

ALLVIEW is a new transnational cooperation platform that connects partners within the wood and furniture sector on a regional, national, and European level. ALLVIEW aims to follow an innovative approach to modernise vocational education and training. Centres of Vocational Excellent (CoVEs) aim to drive innovation and excellence in vocational education and training by bringing together a wide range of local partners to provide high quality vocational skills, support entrepreneurial activities, diffuse innovation, and act as knowledge and innovation hubs for companies and particularly SMEs.

Type of services provided:

EURADA is in charge of the governance aspect of the project, represented by Work Package 6 - Blue Print in the F&W sector. This includes ensuring effective governance at all levels involving relevant stakeholders, particularly companies, chambers, professional and sector associations, national and regional authorities and social partners; Actively engaging in the overall national Skills governance systems and linking with employment and social policies at local, regional, national and European level; Integrating into economic and innovation strategies and systems at local, regional, national and European levels to proactively co-shape innovation and growth.

Consortium members:

Technological centre of Furniture and Wood; Technical university of Cartagena; Catalan Furnishings Cluster & Innovation Hub; Innovative business association of furniture manufacturers and related in the Murcia Region; Faculty of Wood Technology of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences; Associate of Foresters and Wood Technologists; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; The Main Association of the German Wood Industry; Hout- en Meubilerings College; University of Ljubljana; Wood Industry Cluster; Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training; InnovaWood; Flemish Public Employment Services; WOODWIZE; VTI Waregem; FederlegnoArredo; ASLAM Cooperativa Sociale; Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell'Educazione e lo Sviluppo; Institut Technologique Foret Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement; Murcia Region Employment Service

 

Webpage: https://allview.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllviewErasmus
Eurada contact person: marta.serrano(at)eurada.org

Erasmus+ : OBEC - One Block for Educational Credentials

 

The main focus of OBEC 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 (17,9%)
Budget origin: European Commission | EACEA

 

Description of the project:

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

EURADA organises 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.

 

Website: https://www.projects/erasmus/obec
Eurada contact person: marta.serrano(at)eurada.org

Interreg Europe: 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.

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 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: irae.almora(at)eurada.org 

EuropeAid: 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.

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:

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).

 

Website: https://www.iurc.eu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IURC_Programme
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/iurc/ YouTube:https://www.youtube.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iurc_programme/
Contact person within EURADA: irae.almora(at)eurada.org 

 

EuropeAid: 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.

January 2021 – September 2023

 

Country: Belgium
Overall project budget: €3,499,060.50
Budget carried out by EURADA: €123,050 (3.52%)
Budget origin: European Commission | Tender

 

Description of the project:

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).


Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamsallProject  
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com
Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/ce42ef978bb9/tamsallnewsletter
EURADA contact person: irae.almora(at)eurada.org

European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP)

 

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is a consortium funded by the European Commission that aims to provide cluster organisations with opportunities to promote collaborations, expand businesses and take advantage of the various tools/facilities on the website. The ECCP provides networking opportunities and information support for clusters and their members aiming to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through trans-national and international cooperation. It aims at intensifying cluster collaboration across regional and sectoral boundaries and facilitating SMEs’ access to clusters and internationalisation activities. All the partners are associated with the ECCP by a consortium agreement and the consortium is, at the same time, linked with the European Commission by a contract. The contract has been settled after the selection of the technical offer by the Commission.  

    February 2022 – January 2024

     

    Country: Belgium
    Overall project budget: €4.994.304’38
    Budget carried out by EURADA: 301.810’44€(6%)
    Budget origin: EΙSMEΑ/2021/OP/0005, GRO/SME/20/C/015 and COSME Programme

    Description of the project:

    The project consist on the improvement and management of the European  Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), a cluster collaboration and information hub, including the provision of services in support of the ECCP community and related activities.

    It will accelerate the development of more world-class clusters in COSME participating countries by establishing a one-stop-shop for cluster collaboration and evidence-based policy-making in Europe. It will reinforce cluster cooperation within and beyond Europe and boost SMEs internationalisation and innovation efforts, including on resource-efficiency, and thus boost their growth and create high-value jobs.

    Type of services provided:

    ECCP is divided into 5 Working Packages with different tasks led by the consortium. Concretely, EURADA is in charge of the coordination of: Task 1.1 Clusters Matchmaking Event, Task 1.3 Support Office for the ClusterXchange and Task 2.3 Clusters meet Regions.

    Consortium members:

    The consortium consists of a lead partner (IMP³ROVE) and 15 experienced partners/subcontractors, namely Prognos AG, European Cluster Alliance (incl. sub-contractors), VDI/VDE IT, EURADA, LOW Associates SRL, InPulse Partners SRL, AgriFood Lithuania and Intracto.

     

    Website: https://clustercollaboration.eu/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clusters_EU
    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/10007463/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRMUHRsjd2vLQljTkgWtDSA
    EURADA contact person: irae.almora(at)eurada.org

    IURC Japan: Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation

    The project is implemented in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Its overall aim is to contribute to sustainable urban development and innovation cooperation between the EU and Japan in line with the external dimension of "Europe 2020." The project will be implemented until November 2023.

    The objective of the project is to support European Regions and Japanese Prefectures to exchange best practices and knowledge to improve and to internationalize their respective regional innovation strategies while promoting international value chains. The selected EU and Japanese Regions / Prefectures will participate to conduct mutual study visits and joint seminars and meetings.

      November 2021 – November 2022

       

      Country: Belgium
      Overall project budget: 
      Budget carried out by EURADA: 
      Budget origin: European Commission I Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI)

      Description of the project:

      This action is part of the second phase of the International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Programme whose aim is to take forward and develop a long-term strategy to foster urban diplomacy as an important vehicle of the EU's external relations.

      One of the components of the IURC Programme has the objective of fostering region-to-region cooperation in the field of innovation between EU and selected countries such as Japan. Clusters and regions in Europe, as well as Prefectures and Special Economic Zones in Japan are developing to become innovation hotspots and cutting-edge technologies. They connect at local level eco-system research and innovation institutions, investors and companies that, ultimately, develop and sell products and services —and they play an important role in the internationalisation of businesses, particularly SMEs.

      Type of services provided:

      EURADA is in charge of the selection of the EU regions that will establish the pairings and support them during the pairings. The pairings will be establish after a call to select 5 Regions from different Member States of the EU and 5 Prefectures from Japan. The project focus will be concrete and operational with participation of regional authorities in charge of regional innovation and smart specialisation policy as well as local stakeholders such as universities, research centres and private firms.

      Consortium members:

      EPRD Office for Economic Policy and Regional Development Ltd., IGES, Casa Asia, INFYDE, EURADA.

      Website: https://www.iurc.eu/
      Twitter: https://twitter.com/IURC_Programme
      LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/iurc/
      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel
      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iurc_programme/
      Contact person within EURADA: irae.almora(at)eurada.org 

       

      Horizon Europe: PROTECT

       

      PROTECT is a Horizon Europe funded project of 24 months that started 1 June 2022 with estimated eligible costs of €1,953,528.80 (maximum grant amount is €1,953,526.25).
      PROTECT aims at levering innovation procurement to unlock the climate service (CS) market’s potential to support urgent climate adaptation and mitigation. The project will allow public and private organisations to build up and integrate their knowledge and skills about climate change, environmental observation (EO) and innovation procurement, notably enabling public authorities to shift to a proactive governance model, using innovative public procurement approaches to increase value and climate impact for money.

        June 2022 – May 2024

        Country: Belgium
        Overall project budget: €1,953,526.25
        Budget carried out by EURADA: €87,812.50 (4,45%)
        Budget origin: European Commission I Horizon Europe

        Description of the project:

        PROTECT aims at levering innovation procurement to unlock the climate service (CS) market’s potential to support urgent climate adaptation and mitigation. The project will allow public and private organisations to build up and integrate their knowledge and skills about climate change, environmental observation (EO) and innovation procurement, notably enabling public authorities to shift to a proactive governance model, using innovative public procurement approaches to increase value and climate impact for money.

        Type of services provided:

        EURADA has a supporting role in the project and is part of the consortium largely to provide its network of procurers in RDAs.

        Consortium members:

        G.A.C.; Aerospace Valley; Gemeente Haarlem; Corvers Procurement Services; Climate-KIC; Climate Alliance; GECOsistema; Inštitút pre medzinárodnú bezpečnosť.

         

        Website: 
        Twitter: 
        EURADA contact person:
         valerie.ziegler(at)eurada.org or jerome.friedrichs(at)eurada.org