Press Release Kick-Off Meeting in Bari, Italy


The inaugural meeting of the European project Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between Heis and Smes / GIENAHS was successfully held last week at the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy. The GIENAHS project is funded under the Erasmus+ programme, KA2: Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good and aims to strengthen the Innovation and collaboration between Universities and SMEs with a view to institutionalizing the Industrial Doctorate at a pan-European level. 10 partners from six European countries participate in the Project: Five Higher Education Institutions, four Small and Medium Enterprises and a training organization.


  1. Universus – Training and innovation University Consortium, Italy, Lead Partner,
  2. Idea75, Italian engineering company,
  3. Anglia Ruskin University, U.K.,
  4. Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece,
  5. NOESIS Technologies, Greece,
  6. Warsaw University of Technology, Poland,
  7. DEST, Poland,
  8. Universitatea Tehnică “Gheorghe Asachi”, Romania,
  9. Exquisite, Romania,
  10. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden,

The GIENAHS project aims to improve interaction and cooperation between European Higher Education Institutions and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, which continue to face major challenges in organizing R & D, although they are the main driving force of the European economy.

This interaction will be promoted through a series of actions to be implemented within the project, such as:

  • Exchange of best practices for cooperation between HEIs and SMEs at European
  • Establishment of an EU standard and methodology for optimal collaboration between universities and SMEs targeted on the co-creation of knowledge and innovation
  • Establishment of an innovative methodological approach for the design of industrial doctoral theses, taking into account the specific needs of European SMEs.
  • The test of the new methodology in the design of pilot industrial doctoral theses oriented towards SMEs in the manufacturing sector
  • Harmonization of European doctoral theses related to industry in order to promote the mobility of researchers in enterprises
  • Creating a stable Observatory of CEU and SMEs / INDUSTRIAL UNIONS capable of creating constructive cooperation between SMEs, HEIs and researchers, multiplying and creating new attractive employment opportunities for industrial research in European SMEs.