DANUBE-INCO.NET project was a coordination and support action funded under the 7th Framework Programme to address the official EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in the field of research and innovation (R&I). Whereas the EUSDR concerns a wide variety of priority areas, the project has mainly focused on two of them: PA 7 „Knowledge Society“ and PA 8 „Competitiveness“ while also supporting the policy dialogue, the creation of networks, and providing analyses and support to R&I activities.
By joining forces from 19 project partners under the coordination of the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Danube-INCO.NET sought to overcome obstacles hindering the social and economic development of the Danube region. The project put in all effort to ensure that events, publications and policy recommendations related to R&I cooperation in the Danube Region could reach an audience as broad as possible interested and engaged in the future macro-regional development of the Danube Region.
The territory covered by the EUSDR includes EU Member States (MS) and non-Member States, being very different in terms of economic strengths and research and innovation systems and profiles:
- EU MS and regions upstream of the Danube: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany – in particular Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria
- EU MS and regions downstream of the Danube: Bulgaria, Romania
- Enlargement countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
- Neighbourhood countries: Moldova and Ukraine (in particular oblast Odessa, Uschhorod, Ivano-Frankiwsk and Czernowitz)
The region is one of the most diverse in Europe and home to over 100 million residents.
Danube-INCO.NET Project Partners: Austrian Research Promotion Agency (Austria), BIC BRATISLAVA. SPOL. S.R.O. (Slovakia), Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat (Italy), Centre of International Projects of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (Moldova), DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany), EKO-SUSTAV waste management LTD (Croatia), European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technology Studies (Spain), Federal Ministry of Education and Research – Germany, Federal Ministry of Science and Research – Austria, Institute of Market Problems and Economic & Ecological Research (Ukraine), Mihajlo Pupin Institute (Serbia), Ministry for HE, Science and Technology - Slovenia, Ministry of Civil Affairs - Bosnia and Herzegovina, National Authority for Scientific Research - Romania, Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development Ltd (Hungary), Steinbeis Innovations GmbH (Germany), University of Novi Sad (Serbia), University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” (Bulgaria).
Project coordination & Contacts
ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation
Mr. Felix Gajdusek - Coordinator
Linke Wienzeile 246
January 2014 – June 2017
Information from the official EUSDR pages:
The Danube-INCO.NET project has mainly built upon the successful predecessor WBC-INCO.NET, which was also coordinated by the ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation and which ended at April 30th, 2014. The Danube-INCO.NET databases on News, Calls for Funding Opportunities, Calls for Papers, Jobs and Applications, Events, Projects, Organisations, Documents and the Glossary are partly filled with entries from the respective databases on the WBC-INCO.NET platform.The Danube-INCO.NET serves therefore also as an "archive" for the knowledege, which was compiled the WBC-INCO.NET. This archive is not only reflected in the databases on Danube-INCO.NET, but also in the use and continuation of already existing networks from the WBC-INCO.NET.