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Implementation of a Transeuropean Knowledge Voucher System

Implementation of a Transeuropean Knowledge Voucher System

Objective

KVoucher aims at implementing a transregional Knowledge Voucher System that will facilitate contact making and initiating first projects between SMEs from one region and so called Knowledge Institutes (KIs) from other regions in different countries. A Knowledge Voucher is a coupon that entitles SMEs to receive a certain amount of consultancy or research from knowledge-intensive organisations, so-called Knowledge Institutions (KIs). A company in one region will through a KVoucher get the possibility to “buy competence” and carry out a joint activity with a provider – a KI,– in the other region. The project will reach its overall goal through the achievement of the following specific objectives: • Prepare a standardized methodology and toolkit for the description, analysis and benchmarking of existing voucher systems and apply it to the partner regions • Develop common specifications for a shared transregional voucher system as well as a mechanism to adapt it to any specific EU environments. KVoucher will become integrated with existing systems in partner regions, and will be the foundation for a new system in partner regions that do not have one. • Provide SMEs, Knowledge Institutions and stakeholders with proper tools in order to access, use and maintain a voucher system • Analyse the conditions under which a joint Kvoucher pilot could be carried and prepare an action plan for its implementation • Implement a real-life joint pilot in order to validate the transregional voucher system with some SMEs in each partner region getting a voucher to receive support from KIs located in the remaining partner regions • Design and apply a set of indicators in order to evaluate the performance of the transregional voucher system • Execute the proper dissemination actions in order to create awareness in the partner regions and expand the voucher system beyond the consortium boundaries through the creation of a network of Observers
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Coordinator

NOORD-BRABANT PROVINCIE

Address

Brabantlaan 1
5216 Tv 'S-Hertogenbosch

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 123 414,24

Administrative Contact

Martijn Meuwissen (Mr.)

Participants (8)

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NV BRABANTSE ONTWIKKELINGS MAATSCHAPPIJ HOLDING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 72 182,20

VLAAMS GEWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 104 614,50

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE LA COMPETITIVIDAD EMPRESARIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 113 325,54

VENETO INNOVAZIONE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 117 069,47

WOJEWODZTWO WIELKOPOLSKIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 68 513,52

LANDESHAUPTSTADT MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 115 502,20

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 66 953,40

Seinäjoen Teknologiakeskus Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 27 529,89

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 234542

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    31 May 2011

Funded under:

FP7-COH

  • Overall budget:

    € 897 833,60

  • EU contribution

    € 809 104,96

Coordinated by:

NOORD-BRABANT PROVINCIE

Netherlands