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Bringing Excellence to Transformative Socially Engaged Research in Life Sciences through Integrated Digital Centers

Project description

Training socially engaged researchers in Life Sciences

There is a lack of collaboration between early career researchers and non-academic sectors. However, inter-institutional support structures can reverse this trend with new standards and framework conditions. In this context, the EU-funded BETTER Life project will support the development of inter-institutional capacities by establishing an EU BETTER Life coordination centre. The goal will be to generate transferable tools and standards and foster socially engaged researchers in Life Sciences. The project aims also to create local centres guided by a framework to follow the regional customisation implementation. BETTER Life will train more than 200 early career researchers and at least 14 engagement managers and will organise a plenitude of consultation and training events.

Objective

The project “Bringing Excellence to Transformative Engaged Research in Life Sciences through Integrated Digital Centres - BETTER Life” will establish a European Digital Centre of Excellence for fostering Socially Engaged Research (SER) in Life Sciences, as well as seven regional centres operating in their surrounding ecosystems.
This inter-institutional support structure addresses the lack of collaboration between early career researchers and the non-academic sectors by designing tools, standards, and framework conditions under the umbrella of the EU centre and implementing these solutions in the regional ecosystems.
The project aims to support the development of inter-institutional capacities by establishing an EU BETTER Life coordination centre that will generate transferable tools and standards. At an intra-institutional level, the project creates local centres guided by a framework to follow the regional customization implementation. At an individual level, the regional centres develop capacities by training early career researchers and establishing a community of practice in each surrounding ecosystem.
For that purpose, the centre is based on the quadruple helix model of innovation, where the interaction of academic, research, industry, government, and society generate mutually beneficial partnerships.
The most outstanding outcomes of the project will be:
• 200+ early career researchers trained
• 14+ engagement managers trained
• At least 10 standards for SER in Life Sciences
• 14+ consultation events with local stakeholders
• 40+ open source documents
• 6 open science publications
• 1 digital self-assessment tool for researchers
• 15+ training events
In a long term, the project will generate scientific impacts by designing transferable policies and tools, economic impacts by effectively attracting funding, and societal impacts by embedding local ecosystem needs and enhancing the real-life impact of academic institutions.

Coordinator

CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Net EU contribution
€ 277 563,00
Address
KAMYCKA 129 SUCHDOL
165 00 Praha
Czechia

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Region
Česko Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 278 000,00

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