Danube-INCO.NET — Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region

Project Structure & Activities

Project Structure & Activities

Danube-INCO.NET consists currently of the information service provided by this website. It is maintained by Centre for Social Innovation and all readers are invited to contribute information and news. The "original" Danube-INCO.NET project, funded by FP7, involved several partners, covered a broader context and was structured in seven workpackages.

WP1. Project Coordination

  1. organised management meetings, face-to-face as well as virtual, management reports, templates for sound financial and administrative management and procedures for quality assurance (WP1: Project Management)

WP2. Supporting policy dialogue and Co-operation Platforms

  1. Danube-INCO.NET organised and supported working-groups of the Priority Areas 7 and 8 and a cross-fertilising PA7/PA8 working group
  2. mapped key stakeholders in the region and co-organises events and exchanged information with them while prividing recommendations on possible synergies identified
  3. supported workshops to enhance the policy dialogue and implementation of European Research Area and the Innovation Union particularly in non-EU Member States

WP3. Addressing Societal Challenges

  1. Following the call for INCO projects, Danube-INCO.NET also addressed selected societal challenges: renewable energies and the bioeconomy, e.g. providing an online directory and database and bring together organisations to exchange information in networking meetings, cluster formation;
  2. Danube-INCO.NET aimed to support to the “Environment and Energy” working group of PA8 exploring possibilities towards concrete pilots, e.g. either the establishment of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), cooperation with the relevant European Technology Platforms (ETP) or Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) and implementation thereof in the form of pilot actions to be selected;
  3. implemented a major Triple Helix conference and two brokerage events Networking4Innovation

WP4. Analysing R&I Cooperation

Danube-INCO.NET conducted analyses and provided studies:

  1. on co-publication and co-patenting activities in the Danube Region as well as a documentation and analysis of running projects;
  2. on the barriers to cooperation including recommendations to overcome them;
  3. peer review studies about the policy mix supporting research and innovation in the less competitive Danube sub-Regions

WP5. Strengthening Co-operation

  1. Danube-INCO.NET conducted workshops and peer reviews on smart specialisation strategies (S3) in the Danube Region and improved the scientific background for the development and implementation of S3 through a conference;
  2. documented and shared experiences in the implementation of technology transfer centres and trainings for the implementation of a Danube Technology Transfer Centre;
  3. identified and steered project proposals for the objectives of the Danube Strategy and provides “labelling” for most suitable proposal outlines

WP6. Joint Funding

  1. Danube-INCO.NET supported meetings of a network of funding parties in the region, discussing joint activities;
  2. supported the development of the DRRIF discussions to scaling up joint funding mechanisms and explores possibilities for a possible fund;
  3. and supported the establishment of a Funding Coordination Network in close cooperation with the DRRIF Working Group.

WP7. Public Relations and Dissemination

  1. set up and implemented a sound communication platform, coordinated dissemination activities and promoted research and innovation and exchange of good practices in the Danube Region. Outputs are for instance: e-mail newsletters,information on social media;etc.
  2. developed and maintained the website www.danube-inco.net


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Based on the work done 2014-2017, we continue to maintain the platform together with the support of our users and with funding from the Austrian Ministry. We are not able to maintain the full partnership and all work packages but we hope that the information service continues to be useful for the researchers and innovators in the region.