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“What can ECIU University do for your Research?”

That was the main theme of the webinar, held on July 12. The webinar brought together various members from all over Europe of the ECIU University and SMART-ER in order to present to the INSA Researchers some of the various opportunities for collaborations brought by these initiatives.

The SMART-ER project proposes to implement a new model of doing research and innovation without walls while promoting the dialogue with society, overcoming the limitations of disciplines, sectors and countries and being mainly based on a virtual collaborative environment. Embedded in the ECIU consortium, the 12 institutions will pilot capacity building programmes (Seed Programme and SMART-ER Academy) and citizen science initiatives that will be used as a testbed to put into practice all the mechanism and structures built. In this regard Workshops/meetings/conferences, pooling experts from different research fields and sectors promoting interaction and including non-academic experts will be organised as well as a staff mobility programme which will support researchers in being successful in national and international calls and increasing the impact of their research.

You want to get involved as a researcher? Stay tuned about the project and these upcoming calls (to be published between October and December) that might be interesting for you:

  • Call 1 – Promote joint supervision: co-tutelle of PhD and industrial doctorates which aims to promote an increasing new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative ECIU early-stage researchers, able to face current and future societal challenges.
  • Call 2 – Blended mobility to create networks which objective is to promote inter-institutional collaboration through blended exchanging research and innovation to create new networks or leverage existing networks aimed at contributing to UN SDG 11.
  • Call 3 – SMART-ER Seed Projects which objective is to promote high-quality research outputs through the funding of inter-institutional and intersectoral research and innovation seed projects directly linked to the SDG11 challenges defined under ECIU University.

If you did not manage to join the event, you can check the presentations via the following links:

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SMART-ER has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement #101016888. This result only reflects the author’s view and the EU is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.