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Building a more effective pathway leading from research to innovation through cooperation between the EU and EPC in the field of energy efficiency

"The INNOVER-EAST project targets five countries of the Eastern Partnership (in short, EPCs: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine) to overcome the bottlenecks of innovation and intensify the level of cooperation between research and business in the target countries. The project aims, on the one hand, to develop new skills and competences in innovation services at relevant organisations in the above countries, and, on the other hand, to contribute to the learning process on how to bridge knowledge and business with a direct focus on energy efficiency. In order to reach its objectives, the project will carry out the following activities: Facilitate networking among actors in the knowledge/ innovation value chain in order to better focus research on socio-economic needs and to help exploit research results.

Building a more effective pathway leading from research to innovation through cooperation between the EU and EPC in the field of energy efficiency

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Contact: Klaudia Tvergyák, klaudia.tvergyak@bayzoltan.hu

INNOVER-EAST targets an area which is highly prioritised in all of the targeted EPCs, being on the top of strategies both in economic and energy policies. All countries are active in energy efficiency and - based on activities of the past decade, largely due to assistance programs provided by major international players - have gathered experience how to approach these challenges. Innovation, as an opportunity for solution is well-known, but it has not been given too much emphasis so far. Therefore the concept of INNOVER-EAST brings new ways of tackling the challenges of energy efficiency in the targeted EPCs.

The main objective of the project is to bridge effectively the gap between research and innovation; between researchers and business; and between EU and the targeted Eastern Partnership countries (EPCs) in the field of energy efficiency.

This main objective will be achieved by targeting the following specific objectives:

• Objective 1: Capacity building on innovation services in the targeted EPCs for assisting both researchers and businesses in improving their performance to transfer technologies and knowledge from academy to industry/market. Special attention will be given to start-ups and other innovative SMEs.
• Objective 2: Paving the way for a more effective commercialization and market uptake process of innovative products and solutions in the targeted EPCs.
• Objective 3: Facilitating the policy dialogue between the EU, EU Member States, Associated Countries and the targeted EPCs, and in particular inside the targeted EPCs, on innovation related to energy efficiency.
• Objective 4: Building and developing capabilities at nationall evel in the targeted EPCs among all stakeholders in the innovation value chain on energy efficiency, including academy, industry, government, innovation financing (private and public) and bridging (service provider) organisations.
• Objective 5: Improving and facilitating the networking activities of innovation actors (academy, industry, NGOs, intermediary service providers) between the EPC region and Europe (Member States and Associated Countries) and promoting investment related to innovation in the EPCs.

Source:  InnoverEast

Program: FP 7 | Scientific field: Energy, Innovation and Development, Resource efficiency and environment | Related Topics: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: EaP (Eastern Partnership Countries), EU Member States, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ukraine

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