Danube-INCO.NET understands itself as strategic high-level coordination and support action. Its background is the macro regional approach of the European Union, in particular the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR); and its Priority Areas for Knowledge Society (PA7) and for Competitiveness (PA8).

Based on strong institutionalised links with the PA Coordinators and the PA Steering Groups, a consortium of 17 partners from all over the region proposes to support the policy dialogue within the EUSDR, to exchange with other regional policy initiatives and to enhance bi-regional dialogue with a focus on the implementation of the ‘Innovation Union’ and the ERA Framework.

The Danube-INCO.NET has selected the societal challenges of energy efficiency and renewable energy in a bio-based economy which will be addressed by mapping and analysis, clustering and networking and the implementation of concrete pilot activities. Moreover, the societal challenge of innovative and inclusive societies in the Danube region is addressed through the provision of analytical evidence: research and innovation activities will be monitored with several instruments, a survey will identify barriers to cooperation and less competitive innovation systems will be reflected through policy mix reviews.

To implement concrete innovation support measures, smart specialisation strategies, technology transfer centres and a system of supporting the development of targeted project proposals will be introduced.

Danube-INCO.NET is also committed towards the development of joint funding mechanisms – lending its attention to one of the most important milestones, the establishment of the Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund (DRIF). In this respect, Danube-INCO.NET will support the cooperation among the leading – indeed world-class – innovative regions upstream to the regions downstream both at strategic and operative level.

The partnership of Danube-INCO.NET:

Short name
1Centre for Social InnovationZSIAstria
2German Aerospace CentreDLRGermany
3University of Novi SadUNSRepublic of Serbia
4Steinbeis Innovation GmbHSIGGermany
5Austrian Research Promotion AgencyFFGAustria
6Iniziativa Centro Europea – Segretariato EsecutivoCEIItaly
7Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development LtdRCISDHungary
9Institute of Market Problems and Economic-Ecological Research of the National Academy of Sciences of UkraineIMPEER NASUUkraine
10Institut "Mihajlo Pupin"IMPRepublic of Serbia
11DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Institute for Prospective Technology StudiesDG JRC IPTSBelgium
12Academy of Sciences Moldova, Centre for International ProjectsASM CIPMoldova
13German Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchBMBFGermany
14Austrian Ministry for Science and ResearchBMWFAustria
15University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”URAK
16Ministerul Educatiei NationaleMENRomania
17Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost, in športMIZSSlovenia
18Ministry of Civil AffairsMCABosnia and Herzegovina
19Eko-Sustav Doo Za Gospodarenje OtpadomEKO-SUSTAVCrotate

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Gaál, Tekla
E-mail: tekla.gaal@rcisd.eu