INITIATE: Supporting European R&I Through Stakeholder Collaboration and Institutional Reform


Aim of the project

The INITIATE project aims to empower higher education institutions to develop R&I through institution transformation. The project seeks to design an approach for this transformation that considers the institution’s needs, available resources, policy barriers, good practices from other initiatives, and potential collaboration opportunities with other institutions and local ecosystems. The process will involve iterative R&I Labs, supported by an online Knowledge Hub, to generate policy recommendations for helping stimulate R&I development and scientific excellence in Widening countries. The approach will be demonstrated in Croatia, Portugal and North Macedonia, resulting in a roadmap for long-term uptake of R&I in Widening countries with identified replication cases and an Alliance for the green energy transition to ensure the long-term sustainability of INITIATE results.

The INITIATE consortium is composed of 14 partner organisations from 11 countries across Europe and Africa:

  • University of Zagreb, Croatia (coordinator);
  • ESEIA, Austria;
  • The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus;
  • Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia;
  • Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine;
  • Brain Information Technologies, Croatia;
  • B1 Media, Croatia;
  • Universite Mohammed Premier 1, Morocco;
  • Institut za nuklearne nauke – Vinča Institut, Slovenia;
  • S.s. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia;
  • Javno preduzeće Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine d.d., Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal;
  • Lviv Politechnic National University, Ukraine;
  • Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov, Romania.
INITIATE was one of the 61 proposals submitted for HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-03-01: European Excellence Initiative call. The project secured €4.5M and will last 42 months.