Proposal writing
 
 

 

Consortium building: EU-VRi seeks for and proposes partners that enrich your consortium and bring added value to your approach in order to form a strong partnership that is capable of implementing your project ideas.

 

Proposal writing & submission: EU-VRi will provide you with good templates and provides help and guidance for generic aspects related to proposals for research projects and for the administrative submission process. EU-VRi will review your proposal and provide you with valuable recommendations on how to improve it.

 

Positioning your project: In the light of given expectations derived from the call text and information retrieved from our contacts and network partners, EU-VRi will provide lobbying activities to possibly increase the success chances for your future project.
 
   
 
 
Project implementation
 
 

Management & coordination: EU-VRi provides day-to-day administrative and financial project management in close collaboration with the scientific leader of the project (partner #1) so you can focus on your research and technical contributions

Stakeholder involvement and liaison: EU-VRi provides management of stakeholder platforms (advisors/experts, end-users, technology providers etc.) by reaching out to its network partners from academia, research and industry to ensure active participation of relevant groups, to obtain needs & requirements and to establish research priorities through surveys, focus groups or group-Delphi-excercises.
EU-VRi will liaise with relevant externals from public, industry and academia/research to gather feedback to the project plans and/or results and to promote them. This includes informing policy makers and regulators about the results of the project and, based on such results, formulate recommendations on necessary or desirable regulatory conditions.

 

Targeted dissemination: EU-VRi plans targeted dissemination activities in close alignment with your project goals and followed according to a frequently updated dissemination plan. Dissemination activities include the creation and maintenance of a dedicated project website, distribution of newsletters, organization of international conferences, workshops or summer schools etc.

 

Exploitation & Implementation: EU-VRi develops exploitation strategies tailored to your project results and project consortium by carefully considering Intellectual Property Rights. This includes drafting of business plan in close collaboration with all partners interested in using the results to ensure take-up of your results.

 

Standardization: EU-VRi acts as ”standardization help desk” in your projects to increase impact and visibility of your research results. This includes identification of standardization opportunities, mapping of standards on specific topics, liaison with relevant Technical Committees, clustering of initiatives to reach critical masses necessary for developing new standards, development of CWA business plans as well as informing the project partners about standardization procedures.

 

Mapping of knowledge & resources: According to the area of research, the scientific disciplines involved and policies addressed by your project, EU-VRi offers intelligent mapping solutions to organize, visualize and make available existing knowledge and resources.

 

Education & Training: In cooperation with your consortium and renown academic and industrial partners, EU-VRi organize the development of education and training programs based on your project results and possibly link them to existing and already successful programs or schemes.
 
   
 
 
Activities of EU-VRi
 
 

The specific activities of EU-VRi include, but not limited to:

  • Facilitation of cross-sectorial collaboration and coordination of the research activities.
  • Promote a strategic vision between the companies in the cluster.
  • Disseminate and promote the innovative capabilities of cluster companies worldwide. 
  • Support of technology transfer.
  • Developing of products and services in the main area of activities, such as
  • e-services: e-learning, on-line modeling, data bases, software development …
  • consulting & other Members’ services: e.g. risk assessment and resilience, education and training, analyses of risks for and impacts on health, safety and environment, analyses according to EU directives (e.g. ATEX, SEVESO, machinery, critical infrastructure directive).
  • methodologies and tools in the areas like chronic risks, accidental risks, risk of new technologies, resilience of critical infrastructures, etc.
  • embedded/applied AI in the above areas

The priority activities for 2019-2020 are:

  •  New projects in the area of Risk & Resilience, in particular in the area of “Horizon Europe”: In this area, EU-VRi plays already an important role as the coordinator of the projects and/or the main project partner in the projects, but new projects and activities should remain in the focus of our efforts in 2020-21 (cf. https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe-next-research-and-innovation-framework-programme_en ).
  • Industrial projects: Further setting-up industrial projects (e.g. refineries, power plants and other industrial plants, involving more members of EU-VRi in one team) and PPP (public-private-partnership) projects
  • Products & Services (ERRA): Increased use of products for particular services based on them, e.g. “risk-assessment-as-a-service” or “resilience-assessment-as-a-service”, e.g. those based on the SmartResilience “Resilience Tool” or the PSMS safety evaluation system, using the experience from the EU-VRi projects and activities. The ERRA initiative is expected to play a special role in this process.
  • Standardization: The work in the EU research projects led to the standardization actions and documents such as ISO 31050 (“Guidance for management of emerging risks for enhanced resilience”) and the EN standard in the area of RBI (Risk-Based Inspection Framework – EN 16991:2018). This work will be pursued further in 2020-21.
  • Consolidate and further develop international collaboration and presence: China, India, South Africa, USA, Japan, Canada… EU-VRi has members or partners in all the parts of the world. Some of them have specific opportunities where risks have to be tackled such as the initiative leading to the “Road & Belt” Risk and Resilience Radar.
  • Education and training: Continuous collaboration with universities and educational institutions in the area of risk management/engineering education, both those within EU-VRi and those outside of EU-VRi (e.g. Uni Torino, SUPSI,…).
  • Mobility: Development of a coordinated mobility program for young scientists within EU-VRi grouping and the partnerships in projects (e.g. in the new Marie-Currie project DECODE).