Project Factsheets

ENVIMPACT

Increasing the impact of Central-Eastern European environment research results through more effective dissemination and exploitation

At a Glance

Instrument: Coordination Action, FP7
Duration: 30 months
Start Date: 1/01/2011
Consortium: 12 partners from 11 countries
Project Coordinator: Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation (Hungary)
Project Web Site: http://www.envimpact.eu

The Challenge

Based on indications from EC and FP7 statistics, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries participate at low rate in the FP7 Environment theme. On the other hand air pollution, chemical pollution and environmental risks should be handled with expressed interest in this region, due to severe environmental damages caused by decades of negligence and mishandling. CEE researchers have been conducting research in the mentioned fields since the middle of the 20th century, however, their results did not reach – and influence - either the policy makers of their own country, or their academic counterparts in EU-15.

Objectives

The main objective of ENVIMPACT is to enrich the EU knowledge base with the environment-related results of the CEE researchers, thus inducing new collaborations under FP7/FP8 which may lead to innovative solutions for the lasting protection of our environment.
More specifically ENVIMPACT aims to:

  • collect research practices and results of CEE researchers in the field of air pollution, chemical pollution and environmental technologies,
  • improve the visibility, effectiveness and uptake of the results in the European Research Area,
  • enhance the exploration of eco-Innovations originating in CEE countries,
  • broaden opportunities for S&T collaboration between CEE and Western European researchers,
  • involve more CEE researchers into FP projects in the field of environment,
  • analyse the current communication of research results to different "user sectors"
  • find and test novel methods and tools for more effective communication and dissemination,
  • train CEE researchers using innovative methods and tools for communication,
  • provide a dynamic online approach to good examples of research communication

Methodology

Using local contacts, knowledge and the insight of expert groups consisting of relevant academic, industrial/ETP and policy representatives, the innovative environmental research practices and results originating from Central and Eastern Europe will be identified, mapped and made available for the governmental, academic and industrial stakeholders all over Europe. After analysing the presently applied dissemination and exploitation practices of CEE research results (by SWOT analysis), good and bad practices will be presented in an online catalogue. Recommendations will be prepared for the development of a taylor-made toolkit. To close the communication gap, CEE researchers will be offered trainings and online mentoring services, based on the recommendations for communication and exploitation of research results.

Expected Outcome

The ENVIMPACT project will bring the following beneficial results for researchers, policy makers and industry representatives:

  • list of validated CEE research results and practices in the fields of air pollution, chemical pollution and environmental technologies
  • online CEE R&D map for environmental research
  • data collection of tools and practices used to disseminate and exploit research results
  • best practices in research communication and exploitation in the above fields
  • catalogue of effective research communication tools, with special regard to the particular needs and requirements of CEE researchers,
  • training material for teaching researchers to disseminate their scientific results
  • recommendations for innovative tools and solutions in the communication and exploitation of research results
  • a transnational conference in Brussels where the findings and recommendations of the project will be presented,
  • an online catalogue for communication/dissemination/exploitation practices.

PROCEED

PROmotion and coordination of environmental research in Central and Eastern Europe for a sustainable Development with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network

At a Glance

Instrument: Coordination Action, FP7
Duration: 30 months
Start Date:01/01/2011
Consortium:15 partners from 12 countries
Project Coordinator: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Arad (Romania)

The Challenge

Statistics show an uneven and unbalanced participation of European countries to EU Framework Programme environmental research projects.
While the vast majority of participants come from Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France and Holland, most of the Central and Eastern European Member States enjoy the lowest participation rate with a negative peak in Latvia and Lithuania. Taking under consideration the country dimensions and the number of existing research institutions and Universities, very low results in participating have also been accomplished by Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. And when they participate, they are almost never coordinators, meaning that there is not sufficient know how to develop a project idea.

Objectives

An organised participation of a country to European Research relies on a mix of:

  • well trained researchers and available research structures to lead the actions,
  • a coherent and supportive national and regional policy framework to direct and finance the researchers
  • engaged economic industrial stakeholders interacting with the research institutions to communicate their needs for innovation and contributing to the development and uptake of research results as end-use

New Members States from Central and Eastern Europe are developing these necessary conditions to participate in the European Environmental Research and the objective of the project is to steadily promote innovative environmental research practices and results originating in Central and Eastern European countries, including Associated countries, in order to increase the opportunities for S&T (Science & Technology) collaboration in the fields of Environmental technologies, air pollution and chemical pollution with other European countries and the uptake of research results.

Methodology

The concept of the PROCEED project is to exploit the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), an existing and efficient network of Technology Centres, Chambers of Commerce, technicians, Universities and other private and public Research Centres present in all European countries and beyond, to create a steady communication network for environmental research results and practices originating in Central and Eastern European countries.
In fact, EEN members are in a strategic position because they are already in possess of effective communication means towards research centres, universities, industry and policy makers.
The results are achieved through the identification of the strengths and weaknesses in the current communication of research results towards policy makers, academia and industry on national, regional and EU-wide level; the selection of research practices and results which are then collected in a data base and disseminated through national and international brokerage events; the involvement of European researchers in a dedicated Social Network.

The Expected Outcome
The project is targeted to support, expand and improve the work of public and private researchers from Central and Eastern European countries.
The expected results are:

  • an improved uptake of environmental research results
  • new technology transfer agreements
  • better synergies with existing networks and projects supporting the coordination of Environmental research activities in Europe
  • better communication and better understanding of research results by policy makers
  • an increased number of research institutions from Central Europe participating in collaborative research projects, including Associated countries
  • improved knowledge of intellectual property issues
  • a Social Network where EU researchers can share publications and ideas for new cooperation
  • several brokering events in Central and Eastern Europe, Italy, Greece and Denmark
  • improved services to enterprises by the members of the Enterprise Europe Network