EURASHE Research Community of Practice: Developing institutional EU Research Support Strategies

30th November 2021, 14:30 – 16:30 CET, online


Over the past decade, research and innovation activities have been gaining more importance within the mission and profile of professional higher education (PHE), especially Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). Recent global developments, emerging climate, societal and digital challenges and urgency for specific local solutions have opened new opportunities for professional higher education institutions, focusing on applied sciences and skills through a close partnership with the world of work and local ecosystems. These aspects have also been reflected in various European initiatives and funding schemes, not only within Horizon Europe, the Recovery and Resilience Facility but also in various national and regional provisions often supported by EU funding.

The EURASHE Research Community of Practice (ResCoP) is being designed as a platform for practitioners and leaders from PHE institutions in charge of internationalisation of research and innovation to provide opportunity for mutual learning, exchange of views and experience regarding the concept, specifics, various approaches to research and innovation within PHE institutions (universities of applied sciences), as well as exchange on concrete tools and instruments related to research, innovation and education with the regional focus as key pillars of PHE mission.


The webinar should serve as a preparatory introduction to the formal launch of the Community of Practice in Fulda, Germany on 1 April 2022, which will be organised around interactive group discussions. The CoP will cover practical issues like capacity for following European policies and funding schemes, existence and role of liaison person, internal capacity planning and motivation for EU funding, challenges, and positives of developing internal research support strategies, engagement of partners and stakeholders, and capacity and profile of UAS researchers.


  • Stijn Delaure – Policy Officer, academic research and innovation policy, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Armando Pires – EURASHE President
  • Thomas Berger – EU staff unit, Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts
  • Hendro Prabowo – European research management and international relations at Hochschule Fulda

Moderated by John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General and Marta Rodrigues, EURASHE Policy and Project Officer


14:30 – 14:40 Welcome by John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General

14:40 – 15:10

Opportunities and challenges for EU funding of user-oriented research at universities of applied sciences, partnership with the world of work

  • Stijn Delaure, Policy Officer, European Commission DG RTD
15:10 – 15:25

EURASHE – Research related policies and priorities

  • Armando Pires, EURASHE President

15:25 – 15:40

State of Hessen, Germany – Support for UAS activities and instruments

  • Thomas Berger, EU staff unit, Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts
15:40 – 16:10

UAS Fulda case: Institutional strategy for EU and national support for research

  • Hendro Prabowo, EU research management and international relations, UAS Fulda
16:10 – 16:25

Discussion, questions & answers

16:25 – 16:30

Wrap and conclusions


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