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Centre for Social Innovation

The Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation (ZSI) (= Centre for Social Innovation) is a trans-disciplinary social science research institute, founded as a registered non-profit organisation in 1990. The head office is located in Vienna, Austria. It employs around 55 persons, most of them researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, working mainly in inter-disciplinary research fields and on projects. ZSI operations are subdivided into three departments: 1) Work and Equal Opportunities, 2) Technology and Knowledge and 3) Research Policy and Development. The unit for Research Policy and Development (responsible for Danube-INCO.NET) works on several nationally and internationally funded projects. Its core competencies comprise social-scientific S&T policy studies, patterns of techno-globalisation, international management of S&T, RTDI evaluation, co-publication analysis etc.

  • Posted on: 08.05.2014
  • Austria
  • Acronym: ZSI

Website: Link

Contact: ZSI, Linke Wienzeile 246, 1150 Wien, Österreich, institut@zsi.at

Relevant funded projects undertaken in the ZSI unit for Research Policy and Development which involve the coordination of networks and dialogue platforms in the field of RTDI policy include RECORD (FP5 STRATA), SEE-SCIENCE.EU (FP6), SEE-ERA.NET (FP6), WBC-INCO.NET (FP7), SEE-ERA.NET PLUS (FP7), SCORE (FP6) and WINS-ICT (FP7) which relate to the Western Balkan / Danube countries. Several projects involve Eastern Europe and Central Asia, e.g. INCONET EECA - S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries (FP7); IncoNet CA/SC: S&T International Cooperation Network for Central Asian & South Caucasus Countries (FP7); BILAT-UKR - Enhancing the bilateral S&T Partnership with Ukraine (FP7); and BILAT-RUS - Enhancing the bilateral S&T Partnership with the Russian Federation (FP7). ZSI now coordinates the currently running BILAT UKR*AINA project (FP7). The main focus of activities in the unit is the analysis and the practical improvement of RTDI systems and innovation policy. ZSI also coordinates www.era.gv.at, the internet-based information and networking platform aiming at supporting the preparation and implementation of the European Research Area and the EU-Framework Programmes for RTD in Austria and is active in the ERAWATCH network (for Austria and Moldova).

Organisation type: Research Institute | S&T field/scope: Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary, Social Sciences | Geographical focus: EU Member States, International/Other

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