ECIU University Research Institute for Smart European Regions (SMART-ER)


Project no.: 101016888
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Project description:

The ECIU University Research Institute for Smart European Regions (SMART-ER) is a research, innovation and education strong alliance, enabling all member universities to jointly address complex societal challenges under the framework of the UN SDG11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
The SMART-ER Virtual Research Institute will provide a framework for collaborative research that complements ECIU University’s innovation and study activities and responds to the Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11), in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Another important aspect of the project is an effective collaboration between science and society to conduct research activities that align innovations with societal needs, values and expectations. The project will develop a common research and innovation agenda, and a plan for sharing the infrastructure available to all the partners, strengthen research potential resources through joint research initiatives and project activities, develop science – society cooperation and citizen research initiatives in practice.

Project funding:

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”

Period of project implementation: 2021-02-01 - 2024-01-31

Project coordinator: University of Twente

Project partners: Kaunas University of Technology, Aalborg University, University of Trento, Dublin City University, Linkoping University, University of Aveiro, University of Stavanger, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, Hamburg University of Technology, University of Tampere, The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Vilma Karoblienė, Audronė Telešienė

2021 - 2024

Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Research and Innovation Projects Centre