International Research and Knowledge Transfer
The European Projects team’s core activities are linking Glasgow Caledonian University’s academic capacity with European and international research priorities; increasing the levels ofengagement with industry, and SMEs in particular, by fostering new and sustainable relationships; and project management. The team has experience in coordinating large scale European research and innovation initiatives and has a constantly expanding portfolio of in-house projects. The team also aims to consult with organisations and companies that are not familiar with the available European funding streams in order to provide expertise, structure and insight for potential future EU funded projects.
The depth of EU funding available is vast to say the least. Most significantly, €55billion has been ring-fenced by the European Commission to support research and technological development between 2007 and 2013 under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
GCU coordinated KickStart, an international network of Latin American and European partners, including universities, government agencies, companies and Chambers of Commerce, which aims to identify needs and best practices and to formulate strategies and actions for the training of innovation professionals.
GCU is also a partner in CRECES, a two-year project aimed at strengthening the academic cooperation between universities in Central America and Europe, and Medinoall: The Mediterranean Innovation Alliance.
GCU is a partner in an EU-funded programme aiming to contribute to the development of innovative approaches for the reduction of youth unemployment. “Skills and Labour Markets to raise Youth Employment” (SALM) has been awarded under the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme, part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. This project is led by the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Catholic University of Portugal), with partners in Spain, Malta, Germany, Romania and Italy.
GCU is a partner in a €500,000 EU-funded project which aims to bring together Higher Education Institutions and businesses, professional organisations and chambers of commerce. Entitled “Good Practice Pilot Action for Innovation Industries: Education, Training and Exploitation” (GADGET), the project will conduct a pilot across three countries establishing good practice of training for industry needs within the environmental and energy industries.
Alongside GCU, UK project partners include AppleGreen Homes and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. The project is led by the University of Alicante and includes partners from HEIs and enterprises from Spain and Austria.
GCU is a partner in a three-year European Project which aims to develop entrepreneurialism in Central American higher education institutions and encourage the promotion of sustainable links with the business sector. Entitled ‘BUILD’, the project is funded by the European Commission under the ALFA III Programme. It is coordinated by the Catholic University Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama and involves partners from higher education institutions throughout Central American and Europe.
European Projects Team Mark Anderson and Victoria Leyton manage GCU's European projects portfolio, liaising with GCU academics on relevant European funding opportunities and promoting GCU’s European and International Knowledge Transfer activities both within the University and with external organisations and partners.
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