IDI | INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LTD (IRELAND)
International Development Ireland (IDI) was established in 1989 by the Irish Government and privatised in 1996. IDI is an Irish-based reputable consultancy firm focused on providing wide–range world-class implementation services to transition economies in its core areas of expertise, i.e. Innovation Management, Technology Transfer, Research and Development, SME Competitiveness, Export Promotion and Foreign Direct Investment Attraction. IDI capitalises on the lessons from the Irish economic experience and draws its expertise from world-renowned Irish agencies: Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority, IDA Ireland and other Irish state bodies. IDI has successfully completed over 260 Technical Assistance projects in 80 countries internationally to date.
ZSI | CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (AUSTRIA)
Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) is a well-established Austrian trans-disciplinary research institute from Austria, founded as a registered Non-Profit Organisation in 1990. ZSI is one of the most successful non-university research organisations in Europe in terms of participation in several EU programmes, in particular the 7th EU Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. ZSI specialises in Social Innovation, ICT, National, Regional and European Research, Technology Development & Innovation Policies, Societal Challenges, Technology Enhanced Learning, Social Inclusion and Equal Opportunities.
APRE | AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA (ITALY)
APRE is a no-profit research organization and was created in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and some public and private bodies in order to meet the growing demand for information on European research programmes. First reality of its kind, APRE’ mission is supporting the scientific and the industrial community along the path to Europe and beyond, by providing information, training and assistance activities on the participation rules of the Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. APRE is at the heart of a network of almost 130 members from the academia to private sector, including: Public and Private Research centres, Universities, Scientific Parks, Public Administrations, Trade associations, Finance, Chambers of Commerce, Technological Districts, enterprises.
CERTH | CENTRE FOR RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY HELLAS (GREECE)
The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest research centres in Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The mission of CERTH is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry (national and international) and strong collaborations with research centres and universities in Greece and abroad.
CERTH consists of five (5) Institutes and the Central Directorate and is governed by its Board of Directors. The five institutes are: the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), the Institute for Research & Technology of Thessaly (IRETETH). CERTH is essentially a self-supported Research Centre generating an average annual turnover of ~ € 22 million coming from: >30% from bilateral industrial research contracts, >60% from competitive research projects, and <10% as government institutional funding.
More than 700 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1,200 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 423 M€ and involving more than 1,100 international partner organizations) financed by the European Union (EU), leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe and the Greek Government. Four spin off companies have been already launched through CERTH research activities. CERTH is listed among the Top-20 Research Centres of the EU with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants for the period 2007- 2012 (16th place, up from 18th in 2011). CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as: the European Commissions’ Descartes Prize (2006), the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (2010), the 1st Prize in the Microsoft International Contest (2010) and many more.
EY | ERNST AND YOUNG FINANCIAL BUSINESS ADVISORS (ITALY)
EY Advisory S.p.A is EY Italy’s Advisory practice, with 25-year experience providing technical assistance, advisory and management consulting services to public and private organisations on topics related, inter alia, to innovation and open innovation, industry 4.0, competitiveness and performance improvement, as well as national and international policies. Noteworthy, EY Advisory S.p.A has developed specific solutions to address the whole spectrum of innovation, from project conception, development and implementation, to specific activities in the domain of innovation funding programmes. All of these aspects support Industries, SMEs and Research organisation in their innovation process. The latter aspects encompasses both the support provided to public and private organization in the application for funding (with primary focus to Horizon 2020) and the support to public authorities in the management of funding programmes. Indeed, EY Advisory S.p.A is currently acting as the main advisor to the several Ministries and regional governments across the country on the implementation of ESIF-funded Operational Programmes.