Projects

Selected Ongoing Projects

Open Innovation – Research Translation and Applied Knowledge Exchange in Practice through University-Industry-Collaboration (Open Inno Train)

Funding Programme: International and inter-sectoral cooperation through the Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE) – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

Academic Leader: Anne-Laure Mention

Team: 22 European Partner Institutions

Budget: 2.5M EUR

Dates: Jan 2019 to Dec 2022

The overall aim of “Open-Inno-Train” (OPEN-INNO-TRAIN) is to unpack the translation process of research outputs within an Open Innovation paradigm and, specifically, a University-Industry-Cooperation (UIC) setting, to maximize the impact of multidisciplinary research. The core focus of OPEN-INNO-TRAIN lies at the nexus between Open Innovation (OI), University-Industry Cooperation (UIC) and Research Translation (RT) which, given the highly complex nature of all three phenomena, needs to be addressed through multidisciplinary lens. A close cooperation amongst researchers and industry practitioners from a diverse range of fields as well as countries could be extremely beneficial, which is why, the exchanges between academics and non-academics within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme is the ideal vehicle for the implementation of the OPEN-INNO-TRAIN project. The key strategy of OPEN-INNO-TRAIN revolves around the establishment of strong research and development networks, connecting broad disciplinary foundations of researchers with practitioners from four industry settings. Besides academic outputs, the outcome of OPEN-INNO-TRAIN lies in the development of Research Translation Toolkits – formalization, implementation and utility of which will be communicated and disseminated for the benefit of the OPEN-INNO-TRAIN Consortium and, overall, the EU Member States, the Third Country Member States and beyond.

https://openinnotrain.eu/

Trade, Innovation and SMEs (TISME)

Funding Programme: Erasmus+ Programme – Jean Monnet Activities Partnership Instrument Funds, EU co-funding.

Team Leader: Bruce Wilson

Team Members: Anne-Laure Mention, Bruno Mascitelli, Annmarie Elijah

Budget: 40K EUR

In 2015, the EU released a new trade policy, Trade for All. The new policy was partly aimed at enabling trade to be more effective in delivering economic opportunities, but also being more transparent in opening up negotiations to more public scrutiny and addressing values as well as interests.

This project will contribute to the implementation of the new policy, specifically in relation to the proposed trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. These are due to commence in 2018, and will continue during the life of this project. The project will engage key stakeholders from policy agencies, business and civil society to examine varying perspectives on trade and the implications of measures which lead to a more open trading environment between the partners. Because of the close relationship which the project team has with the key negotiators, the project outcomes can contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of the negotiations, and add to greater transparency in how trade can bring benefits for companies and their communities.