International Clusters Cooperation offers opportunities to scale-up research and technological potential, enhance competitiveness, support the regional socio-economic development and reinforce the market placement of new and innovative products. These cooperation approaches often fail due to constraints on resources, capabilities, instruments and funding. On the other hand, over 2.000 Clusters only in the European Union covering all sectors and able to realize an inter-sectorial framework, as well as related clusters and networks in the southern Mediterranean countries, form a great potential for transnational clustering.
The ClusDevMed Project – Clusters Development–aims tocreate the condition for the reinforcement of the existing clusters in the Mediterranean Area, with the support of other EU expertise and policies, and with the aim to bridge the distance among different stakeholders with the same objectives, and to find a way to create a common approach to solve the food-water-energy nexus.
The project is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 Programme, MarieSkłodowska-Curie Actions under the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange scheme (RISE).
ClusDevMed priority topics are: Agribusiness, agro food, food security – Energy – Water Core.
ClusDev areas of Interest: e-Learning, Educational Technology, Green Technology, affordable and healthy food, energy efficiency and renewable energy, water reuse and wastewater treatment.Partners: Roma Tre University (Italy), Istanbul Teknokent Anonim Sirketi, Universiteit Utrecht, DARE Puglia- Distretto Tecnologico agroalimentare, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), REDINN – Rete europea dell’Innovazione. Total cost: EUR 796 500 EU contribution: EUR 796 500
AguaSociAL – Water Related Sciences Social Innovation-
AguaSociAL is an International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Marie Curie action, within the FP7 People Programme, on “Social Innovation in the Water Treatment Sector in the Amazon” approved by the European Commission Research Executive Agency.
This action will promote research between Europe and Brazilian Partners for research and research training in the field of Social Innovation and Water. This multidisciplinary exchange programme aims at propose a Identify existing and potential water treatment, reuse, recycling and sanitation technologies that are socially accepted and community owned. Social Innovation approach should enable the linkage of scientific and traditional local knowledge, while simultaneously supporting a co-learning process towards sustainable development.
Partners: Roma Tre University (Italy), Leeds Beckett University (UK), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), The Federal University of Pará -UFPA- (Brazil), The Amazonas State University – UEA – (Brazil). Total cost: EUR 315 000 EU contribution: EUR 315 000
Shumed – SHUMED Sustainable Human Development for MED Countries –
The SHuMED project proposal is aimed to support and strengthen the different existing collaboration actions between Europe and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MCP) for research and research training in the field of the sustainable development and the relating monitoring initiatives, thanks to the staff exchange opportunities offered by IRSES. This multidisciplinary exchange programme aims at propose a corporate-view approach for measuring the level of human development in sustainability terms by considering the contribution of corporates and their networks.
The programme has 5 Work Packages. WP1 ( management ) will define the management structure of the project. WP 2 ( methodologies ), through the expected 4 Training Activities in the 4 target MCP Countries, will develop the Sustainable Human Development Index (SHDI). In this work package, starting from the SHDI macroeconomic model and thanks to the research and to the knowledge transfer coming from the training sessions in MCP, processes of joint learning and coevolution will be analysed. WP 3 ( case studies on human development ), strictly connected with WP2, will analyse some case studies in Europe, thanks to the numerous visits foreseen in Italy and Spain. These case studies will support the analysis of processes that could affect research practices in the area of sustainable human development and corporate social responsibility. Associated partners that will support the project in EU Countries will be the target users of this SHDI (not only using but also contributing in enhancing the index). The WP4, with its reporting activities, will contribute to analyse the dynamic capabilities of SMEs within networks and clusters in order to develop a tool for enhancing and monitoring them. The final WP 5 (communication and dissemination ) will define the communication and dissemination strategy of the project.
Partners: Roma Tre University (Italy), University of Pisa (Italy), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), Higher Institute of Management and Planning (Algeria), USMBA – Faculty of Law Economics and Social sciences (Morocco), University of Jordan (Jordan), Helwan University Faculty of Social Science and Law (Egypt), Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (Egypt). Total cost: EUR 224 200 EU contribution: EUR 224 200