The overall aim of the SECURE-R2I project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership Countries (EPC) on bridging the gap between research and innovation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 7 “Secure Societies”. The research domains encompassed by “Secure Societies” are broad and include ICT; Security; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials (NMP); and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). These research domains also form the basis of important economic sectors in the EPC, with many potential benefits for the EU, but which also need European support to increase their exploitation. Addressing this issue, the SECURE-R2I project will assist R&D and innovation (RDI) organisations in EPC via a range of knowledge and technology transfer activities with the support of European specialists. The activities include:
- Networking between EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 7: It consists in mapping EPC RDI organisations and organising brokerage events to stimulate cooperation;
- Analysing the tech transfer opportunities and bottlenecks of EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 7: It consists in surveying these organisations and holding discussions with representatives of government, industry, government and intermediary bodies;
- Exchanging best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses and intensive summer schools in Europe;
- Twinning via Research to Innovation (R2I) pilot projects: Each EPC research partner in the consortium will twin with another consortium partner who will support them to implement a bilateral R2I pilot project;
- Providing innovation support services to selected, high-potential EPC (and European) RDI: The activities will consist in coaching and advisory services on innovation and tech-transfer.