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ERADIATE Report Summary

Project ID: 621386
Funded under: FP7-REGPOT
Country: Slovakia

Periodic Report Summary 2 - ERADIATE (Enhancing Research and innovAtion dimension of the University of Zilina in intelligent transport systems)

Project Context and Objectives:
The ERAdiate project is aimed at unlocking and strengthening the research potential and promoting excellence of the University of Zilina (UNIZA) as well as of the Zilina region in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Systematic development of human resources, effective exploitation of unique research infrastructures and advanced transformations of the institution steered towards enhanced competitiveness in the European Research Area (ERA) are the key instruments to reach the ERAdiate goals. The project focuses on sustainable development of human resources and key competencies under leadership of an experienced scientist and manager, an ERA Chair Holder, and his team. Major challenges such as creating competitive environment, increasing of critical mass of excellent researchers, significant improvement of the UNIZA performance in competitive research funding, implementation of the ERA culture, contribution to growth and jobs based on the SMART specialization strategies, are addressed. Synergic effect between cohesion funds and research funding is the corner-stone for building up a unique research and innovation hub located in the Zilina region and oriented on global societal and environmental challenges connected to the solving of transportation issues with implementation of the ITS. Realization of the ERAdiate project will enhance the UNIZA and the Zilina region performance in research, innovation as well as education for the benefits of enlarged Union.

Project Results:
During the first two reporting periods activities were performed in all work packages. The work package 2 was finished during the first period of the project as its main goal was to select ERA Chair holder. Selection committee selected Dr. Karl Ernst Ambrosch. The main objectives of the ERAdiate project in the second reporting period were establishment of ERA Chair Team, definition of research and innovation strategies and preparation of dissemination and exploitation plan. Main objectives for the second period of ERAdiate project were in WP3. This WP consists of three tasks T3.1 - Definition of research and innovation strategies, T3.2 - ERA Chair Team organizational structure setup and T3.3 - Internal ERA Chair Team member selection procedure. Another objectives for the second period were defined in WP 7, namely in tasks T7.1 Kick-off meeting and T7.2 Dissemination and exploitation plan. Main achievements from these two WPs are presented in deliverables D3.1 Report on the ERA Chair Establishment and D7.2 Dissemination and exploitation plan, respectively.

Potential Impact:
The main goal of the project is to unlock and strengthen research potential and to promote excellence of the University of Zilina (UNIZA) as well as the Zilina convergence region in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) through systematic development of human resources, effective exploitation of research infrastructures and advanced transformations of the institution. The results of the ERAdiate project will be exploited not only within the UNIZA but also to other regional stakeholders. ERAdiate project should increase awareness about ITS research activities of the UNIZA in the European Research Area and help the UNIZA to participate in important European programmes for research and innovations. The ERAdiate project is also intended in helping the UNIZA to grow up into position of the ITS research and innovation leader in the Central Europe.

List of Websites:
http://www.erachair.uniza.sk/

Reported by

ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE
Slovakia
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