DANUBE-INCO.NET is an initiative supported by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Research and Science led by the Centre for Social Innovation. The focus is to inform about research and innovation projects and programmes in the Danube Region. The initaitive was established as 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. Since 2017 the initiative is continued on a smaller scale with funding from the Austrian Ministry and Centre for Social Innovation.
The Danube-INCO.NET project supported by FP7, brought together 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.
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 in April 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 thus include material and information filled since 2008, when the WBC-INCO.NET platform started its operation. Thus, Danube-INCO.NET serves therefore also as an "archive" for the knowledege, which was compiled on reearch and innovation cooperation in South East Europe. We can invite you also to WBC-RTI.INFO - a "sister page" which focuses on the Western Balkan region.
Project Partners of the FP7 Danube-INCO.NET project: 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
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Ms. Desiree Pecarz, Mr. Felix Gajdusek, Ms. Elke Dall
Information from the official EUSDR pages: