The ECIU universities are research-intensive universities which are committed to the encouragement of high quality research. They have been very successful in getting European funding (H2020 and FP 7) for research and innovation projects. The ECIU Board wishes to clearly encourage the researchers to work together and develop innovative projects with the member universities. ECIU has a track record in close collaboration between research groups and new emerging industries. Therefore, the ECIU network offers promising opportunities for research collaborations. The following examples show the collective wealth of experience and expertise in innovative education and research.
The aim of the RUNIN network program is to train researchers on how universities contribute to innovation and economic growth in their regions through research seeking to examine how universities fulfill their third mission in relation to regional industry and explore the range of university engagement with regional firms and institutions.More info
Runin was recently awarded funding of more than 3.7 million Euro by the EU.
Colibri is an innovation teaching project, funded by the Erasmus Plus programme of the European Union, key action Strategic Partnerships. Colibri will specifically address the purposes of:
The results and dissemination activities are designed to ensure that Colibri will have a strong systemic impact on both participating organisations and outsiders.
The WIMB project will enhance capacities of HE institutions in WBC region, by developing sustainable interrelations between Education, Research and Innovation in Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials, for applications in medical and industrial engineering. The project will develop a common understanding between various actors of research and innovation (university, research centers, spin-off companies) in WBC and EU, in highly novel research areas, where specific methodologies for innovation transfer are of the utmost importance for voluntary convergence with EU developments in accordance with Europe 2020 strategy and Smart growth flagship initiative as a new engine to boost growth and jobs. This will improve transfer of innovation from University to regional enterprises, enhancing their innovation potential.
The SEFORÏS project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-method international research project on social enterprise funded by the European Commission. Through the generation of robust evidence and a focus on internationally leading research, SEFORÏS aims to better understand the role that social enterprises play in the EU and beyond in the development of and evolution towards inclusive and innovative societies. Seforis sets out to explore the role of social entrepreneurs in reforming European societies, and societies outside Europe. Social entrepreneurs constitute a niche (statistically speaking); they run ventures that are primarily in the business of creating significant societal value, and do so in an entrepreneurial, market-oriented way. To analyze the complex phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, we rely on systems theory thinking (e.g. Praszkier & Nowak, 2012), organized thinking using systems ideas consciously organized around several important observations about social enterprises, such as:
COMMIT intends to
increase commitment to the social dimension of higher education (HE) and
support strategies for increasing attainment. The project builds on the work of
a previous project – ALLUME* – which developed 3 self evaluation
tools for universities to review their strategy for implementation of a
comprehensive and coherent LLL university.
Building upon 20 years of research on bullying at ABC National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Dublin City University Ireland and 30 years of research at the Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education (University of Stavanger), this international scholarly conference (Dublin, 9th - 10th June 2016) will advance existing knowledge, understanding and practice about traditional and online bullying related to educational settings.
LifeLongJoints aims to deliver
next-generation, functional Silicon Nitride coatings for articulating surfaces
and interfaces of total hip replacements (THR) to produce longer lasting
It is anticipated that these coatings will significantly reduce the risk of implant failure associated with wear, synergistic wear/corrosion processes and the resultant debris release as well as provide significant economic and societal benefit to Europe and its citizens.
Linköping University, Sweden
TuTech Innovation GmbH,Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
University of Leeds - IETSI, United Kingdom
University of Leeds - IMBE, United Kingdom
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
Dr Josefina Syssner, geographer at Linköping University,
received a grant of 420,000 euros FORMAS, the Swedish Research Council, for
research on Strategies of shrinking municipalities in Sweden and the
Netherlands. The project is carried out with Dr Gert-Jan Hospers from the
University of Twente, a partner university in the ECIU network.
Due to urbanization, brain drain and aging more and more municipalities in Sweden and the Netherlands cope with population decline. How do local governments respond to this development? And what can be learnt from the strategies employed?
develops, supports and implements inclusive and sustainable approaches to
Responsible Research and Innovation within the governance and culture of
research organisations in Europe. A major goal of the transdisciplinary project
will be to stimulate research and innovation which continuously reflects and
responds to societal needs.
In order to achieve a multifaceted and cross-cultural New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions, 26 renowned institutions from 15 countries, among them leading representatives of 14 universities, will collaboratively identify, develop, implement and support inclusive and sustainable approaches to RRI. For a mutual learning and exchange process, the project will reach out beyond the European Research Area by including renowned scientific institutions in China, Russia and South Africa. Within a 4-year timeframe NUCLEUS will systematically uncover and analyse structural and cultural obstacles to RRI in scientific institutions. The partners will collaboratively develop innovative approaches to overcome these barriers. The project is expected to lead to an applicable ‘RRI DNA’, providing practical guidelines for higher education institutions and funding agencies across Europe and beyond. This ‘DNA’ will form the basis for the ‘NUCLEUS Living Network’, an alliance to ensure sustainability of the approach beyond the project timeline.
By offering new academic insights and practical recommendations derived from 30 ‘RRI test beds’, NUCLEUS will contribute to the debate on science policies both on a national and European level, including the future design of HORIZON 2020 and the European Research Area (ERA).
SUPREME is a small-scale focused networking project with ambitious objectives directly addressing the key challenges of Twinning and widening European participation. The research-intensive Consortium consists of four partners from four different countries. IMP-PAN is one of POland’s most promising energy research centres, and the SuPREME partners are representing different facets of expertise to develop IMP PAN in a Centre of Excellence. All consortium members are dedicated to the maximization of knowledge and networking achieved within SUPREME, and the partners have a very high degree of complementarity and bring unique knowledge assets to the project for the benefit of IMP-PAN.
IMP-PAN – the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences
University of Aalborg
University of Twente
eseia – the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance
To create a long-lasting and effective partnership between IMP PAN and its more developed partners and to reach excellence at IMP PAN in integrated energy management systems, the consortium have developed the following set of objectives:
MODERN was a three-year EU-funded Structural Network (2009-2011) under the Lifelong Learning (ERASMUS) programme. It responded to the Modernisation Agenda of the European Union and to the need to invest in people, to support future leaders and encourage the professionalisation of higher education management at all levels. The overall objective was to ensure HEIs’ competitiveness to meet challenges in their external environment and respond to the needs of society. The project aimed at creating an open European Platform as a key instrument for innovation, state-of-the art knowledge,
dissemination of good practice and joint action on university leadership, governance and management for the professionalisation of the sector.
DIFUSE aims to develop a model for close (integrated) trans-national cooperation between university knowledge transfer support functions set up to facilitate industrial and commercial exploitation of university research results. The specific goal of the project is to explore new ways for the joint exploitation of university knowledge in targeted domains using, best practice and individual experiences from members already engaged in an established pan-European university network, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), and to use this to develop models and pilot actions to show how a group of universities might share resources to make exploitation of research results and transfer to the private sector more effective at a European level.
If organisational integration of technology transfer (TT) services by this consortium of universities can be achieved, it will be the first of its kind in Europe and possibly worldwide. In this way DIFUSE could help lay the foundations for actions to be supported at a European level to provide more effective technology transfer from universities as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation programme for Framework 7. One of the final deliverables of the DIFUSE project is a handbook, the Guide to Transnational Collaboration in Knowledge Transfer. The purpose of this Handbook is to disseminate those finding which might be of wider interest, and to act as a good practice guide. Download Handbook here:
This project has looked into the types of support offered to entrepreneurial students at ECIU institutions. The study has examined how six European institutions and one Australian and one Mexican institution support student entrepreneurship, and
gives recommendation for how ECIU institutions can increase student entrepreneurship. The research project was coordinated by Professor Aard Groen, Dutch Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship.
Given that the ECIU was established to explore and share various aspects of innovative practice within European Higher education, it has been seen as timely, as the EU is considering commissioning a study of Quality in Teaching, for the ECIU to identify and share innovative practice in teaching and learning. The EU seems keen to position European Higher Education as distinctive and excellent vis-à-vis other HE systems entering the global stage. One area in which European institutions have a historic lead, and much to offer that is innovative, lies in their use of active, enquiry-based pedagogies to produce creative,
adaptable and resilient graduates whose attributes are well attuned to the demands of a rapidly changing global economy. To explore these issues, and to establish an ECIU teaching and learning network poised to draw down European research funding should this become available at relatively short notice, the University of Strathclyde will be hosting proposing to host a small symposium in March 2008 to discuss the next steps. For more information, please contact the ECIU Secretariat.
Hamburg University of Technology and Southern Federal University jointly developed an assessment tool for supervisors' use when checking programming assignment, and for the provision of quick feedback.
As the tool was developed with ECIU pump-priming funds, interested ECIU institutions can get access to the tool (by contacting the ECIU Secretariat).
The universities of Aveiro, Autonoma in Barcelona, Dortmund, Twente and Strathclyde have set up a network sharing best practice in summer school activities. If appropriate funding can be identified, the institutions hope to start a larger project
ENTICE (European Network Transforming Intra-University Collaboration on Equity of Access to Higher Education). For more information, please contact the ECIU Secretariat.
This joint research project by G. Zavala, ITESM, and C. Kautz, TUHH, focuses on the implementation of English-language instructional materials for non-native student populations. The starting point for the project was the observation that many materials incorporating active-learning methods for introductory college science and engineering courses were developed in English-speaking countries and are therefore available primarily in English. Instructors in non-English speaking countries wanting to implement these materials therefore face the choice between (i) using the materials in the
original English versions (and consequently teaching in a language other than the native language of most of their students) and (ii) using translations into the local language. Through analysis of empirical data on student performance for a specific set of materials (Tutorials in Introductory Physics by McDermott & Shaffer), the authors seek to investigate whether the effectiveness of such materials is affected by their translation (case ii) or by the non-native language capabilities of the participating students (case i).
ECIU member universities offer advanced research facilities for collaboration within the consortium. A more detailed list of high-level research facilities can be found here.