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Learnings on Partnerships with SMEs

The pace of change today has major consequences on the socio-economic landscape of the future, for example a forecast by Dell Technologies estimates that 85% of jobs in 2030 have not been invented yet (Dell, 2022). This rapidly changing modernity affects technological innovation, scientific discovery, but also the evolution of “wicked problems” in society, i.e.,


As part of the final output of the Unite for Horizon Europe project (UNITE4H), we are excited to announce the launch of a special issue of the UIIN magazine – Connect. It is now out and available online, get reading here. Universities’ role in society has come to the fore in recent years and it

Result-based management for “Project Design for Impact” in the Horizon Europe Programmes

The most significant change from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe is the significance of the “Impact section” in the design and application for collaborative EU funded projects. This change resulted from the evaluation process of the EU funding programmes which highlighted the fact that majority of implemented projects could not demonstrate social or industrial impact

Validation Report

Unite for Horizon Europe (UNITE4H) was a project to enhance the strategic engagement capacity between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for Horizon Europe initiatives. To achieve this goal, UNITE4H project partners designed and piloted a comprehensive trainingprogramme across Europe. The full toolkit and all invidivual modules can be found and

Learning Framework

The learning framework is based on our investigation to understand the needs and challenges experienced by HEI and SME representatives that we conducted in 2021. This investigation consisted of: – Desk research on HEI-SME collaboration in European-level and national-level contexts in Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland and Spain – Benchmarking analysis – European funding survey

3 takeaways: Why should SMEs care about European projects and collaboration with universities?

European projects often get a bad reputation among businesses and universities at  least here in Finland, where many feel that the only outputs are reports or a follow-up project that helps to pay the salary of the project personnel without any impact. But when done right, projects can be a significant boost for your business

University-Business Collaboration in Cyprus

Cypriot experts from both HEIs and SMEs shared their thoughts about the current UBC. One of the Unite4H Intellectual Outputs is to interview local experts from both SMEs and HEIs to share their opinion and experiences with UBC. But first, let’s examine the background of UBC in Cyprus. There was indeed an effort in the

TDG – an innovation powerhouse for digitised healthcare solutions

“Hands-on science” is the credo in the Apotheken-Drohnen-Projekt (ADApp, short for “Pharmacy Drone Project”), which is currently being carried out in southern Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Because here, science is being put into practice: a research and development consortium consisting of representatives from the University of Halle, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and three medium-sized companies are