Research, development and innovation
Applied research, development and innovation (RDI) conducted in Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) play an essential role in enhancing European competitiveness and innovation capacity, especially on the regional level where institutions act as connectors and crucial links between the world of work, organisations and society. In addition, applied research activities play an essential role in developing students’ entrepreneurship skills and contribute to more economic growth and jobs. The working life skills gained from practical research also strongly enhance graduates’ employability.
The continually evolving societies require heavy investment in the cooperation within the knowledge triangle, with the threefold (education, research and service to society) embedded in the UAS mission. They are ideally placed to unleash the full potential of the European Research Area (ERA). The UAS applied research activities can quickly respond to the changes and pair research outcomes to fundamental changes to impact, especially on the regional level.
The UAS act as regional connectors, international key players and project leaders, consulting bodies, and key contributors to European entrepreneurship and education from a European perspective. This is why applied RDI is one of EURASHE’s four key focus areas.
We see it as a crucial factor in enhancing the European innovation potential.
We commit firmly to promoting it, further developing the role of applied research in UAS and contributing to the transfer of research results and increased cooperation through innovation and applied RDI activities.
The working group provides a forum for members and external experts familiar with EURASHE to develop, stimulate and execute projects, studies, and other initiatives, including reach-out events.
Partnership and stakeholders
Specific tasks of the working group include:
- Prepare and organise any event of EURASHE on RDI;
- Provide expert advice and input for the drafting of policy papers, statements on RDI, and if requested, contribute to writing articles, manuals or guidebooks on RDI and related issues;
- Follow-up on the developments of the ERA,
- Innovation Union and RDI funding programmes;
- Disseminate information on the latest developments in European RDI;
- Support the application for projects in the area of RDI.