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.
- Universus – Training and innovation University Consortium, Italy, Lead Partner, universus.it
- Idea75, Italian engineering company, idea75.it
- Anglia Ruskin University, U.K., anglia.ac.uk
- Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece, kic.uoi.gr
- NOESIS Technologies, Greece, noesis-tech.com
- Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, pw.edu.pl
- DEST, Poland, www.dest.pl
- Universitatea Tehnică “Gheorghe Asachi”, Romania, tuiasi.ro
- Exquisite, Romania, exquisite.ro
- Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, chalmers.se
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.