Research Policy & Development


Excellence in research, social and technological innovation project management

Increasing the competences of managers of technological, social and research-based innovation projects

Description and objectives of Excellence-in-ReSTI

The management of research and innovation projects, in particular social innovation, needs specific skills which needed to be further developed in the Danube region. The objective of the project was to provide specific support to young project managers and administrators in public and private R&D&I institutions, in order to increase the quality of all kinds of (technological, social and research-based) innovation projects in the Danube region.

This objective was achieved by developing several innovative course modules focusing on the skills closely related to the acquisition and management of R&D&I projects, which served as the background for a full transnational intercultural academic curriculum for young managers and administrators, implemented in the academic year 2018/19 as a pilot course. Based on the assessment of needs of the target group the modules included, among others, knowledge management and information, financial resources for EU and national R&D&I projects, technology transfer, IPR, business modelling, time and team management.

In connection with the pilot course, an easy-to-use and service-oriented helpdesk was set up to provide concrete and individual support for young managers and administrators and the wider stakeholder group in the region aiming to prepare EU, transnational and national R&D&I projects.

The project also included a work package focusing on strategic aspects through which relevant networks were built up, gaps and opportunities were identified, policy recommendations were formulated, national and Danube regional roadmaps and strategies were elaborated, and guidelines were developed.

Through the above activities, Excellence-in-ReSTI  increased the quality of R&D&I projects implemented in the Danube region and enhanced the competences, skills and employability of young managers.

ZSI was responsible for the overall project management and relevant tasks in every work package (communication activities, network-building and road-mapping, pilot course development and implementation, support to the set-up of a helpdesk).


Call information:


Interreg call : 1st call Danube Transnational Programme

Priority: Innovative and socially responsible Danube region

Specific objective: Increase competences for business and social innovation


Section: Research Policy & Development


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Tags: Danube Region, project management, research management, training

Type: Research

Program: Danube Transnational Programme

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 02/2017 - 10/2019

Project Duration: 33 months

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