ener2i project launches in October 2013

30. Sep. 2013

ener2i : "ENErgy Research to Innovation" project starting in October 2013

The European Union FP7 funded project ener2i - ENErgy Research to Innovation: Reinforcing cooperation with ENP countries on bridging the gap between energy research and energy innovation starts on 1 October 2013.

The ener2i project will be coordinated by Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI). The consortium consists of eleven institutions from EU countries, and from Eastern European countries within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The project will be implemented over a period of three years until 30 September 2016.

Energy supply and usage and the stimulation of innovation activities are some of the most important challenges for the EU and for ENP countries. The ener2i project focuses on the need to find innovative and sustainable solutions to these challenges, directly addressing the gap between new energy research and European industry. Existing research results are not being sufficiently transferred into innovative processes and products, and in many countries cooperation among research institutes, universities, and the business sector are at an early stage of development. In order to bridge this gap and accelerate innovation performance, ener2i will improve knowledge transfer and innovation support in the field of renewable energies (RES) and energy efficiency (EE) through a comprehensive trans-national cooperation programme.

The linkages between research and innovation will be stimulated with effective knowledge transfer methods in the ENP countries Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova, and sustainable cooperation between research and innovation actors across EU and ENP countries will be established with support from EU partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands and others. With a strong consortium of research organisations in the energy and innovation fields, innovation funding agencies, service providers, and SME support agencies, and a mix of proposed activities, including brokerage events and training workshops in each of the ENP partner countries, twinning schemes, and an innovation voucher scheme, we will address the difficult challenge of strengthening cooperation between research and business actors in EE/RES, while at the same time facilitating cooperation between EU and ENP actors.

Further information:

Manfred Spiesberger (
Gorazd Weiss (


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