The DRAGON STAR Plus partnership is a unique combination of major European & Chinese Research & Academic organisations, Innovation intermediaries, Public Authorities, Funding agencies and SMEs offering complementary skills and longstanding experience in activities similar to the ones to be developed through the project.

 

1. PRAXI Network (coordinator) – Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)

PRAXI Network is specific unit of FORTH created from a strategic alliance of the Research and the Industrial world in Greece. It was established in 1991 by FORTH, one of the biggest research organizations in Greece, and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), with the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). PRAXI is one of the main NCP organisations in Greece, is the coordinator of the Greek Enterprise Europe Network consortium, and runs the liaison office for FORTH.

The International Cooperation Unit: Taking advantage of its international activities which were initially focused on Central Asia and on the Caucasus areas, PRAXI Network created a distinct unit in 2007 with the aim to utilize the accumulated experience and further expand its international role. The International Cooperation Unit hosts the Greek International Cooperation National Contact Point (INCO NCP) for the 6th and 7th Framework Programme (FP6, FP7) since 2002.

The International Cooperation Unit has developed strong experience in managing innovation related projects in third countries around the world. Activities and services provided include twinning and staff exchange schemes, as well as personnel training in innovation related topics such as the EU Framework Programs, Technology Transfer and Spin-Off creation.

Contact: Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, Coordinator, epaminondas@help-forward.gr

 

2. CECO (China-European Union Science & Technology Cooperation Promotion Office) – China Science and Technology Exchange Center(CSTEC)

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CECO is established in 2001, which is a non-profit organization specialized in offering consultation services and guidance to Chinese research institutions, enterprises, companies and scientists for the participation in the EU Framework Program.

CECO has been consistently supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the EU RTDI as well as EU Delegation to China in Beijing. Over past 10 years, CECO’s commitment in the promotion of relevant EU Framework Program information in China has seen more and more Chinese participation in EU Framework program and increasing cooperation between European scientists and their Chinese counterparts.

CECO acts as a unique NCP organization at national level in China. As the first professional organization of its kind in China, CECO established 6 regional contact points and some thematic contact points of EU FP across China with well-trained staff to implement its mandates.

Meanwhile, CECO enjoys close partnerships with regional S&T Commissions and Exchange Centers. Regional S&T Commissions and S&T Exchange Centers, directed by MOST, are the two large networks in China responsible for the administration of regional S&T resources. As an office in the China Science and Technology Exchange Center(CSTEC), CECO is able to access to and make use of these two large S&T network of China for its good.

Contact: Dong Keqin, Email: dongkq@cstec.org.cn

 

3. APRE (Agency for the Promotion of European Research)

apreAPRE is a non-profit research organisation, created upon the joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission in 1989, grouping together more than 100 member organisations, including both public and private research centres, industries, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, science parks and 50 universities, with the main objective to promote the participation on national and European RTD programmes. APRE received in 2001 the Quality Certification for its Project, training and promotion activities regarding research programmes (ISO EN 9001:2000). During its 20 years of experience, APRE has been participating in several projects (about 90) co-financed by the European Commission (DG Research and DG Enterprise). A renamed experience in training activities on several topics from project writing, project evaluation, valorisation of results, IPR and innovation issues (courses, workshops, info-days and seminars) complete its skills.

Coming from the Third EC Framework Programme, as well the subsequent ones (FP4, FP5 and FP6) and now in the Seventh Framework Programme, APRE has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Commission as host organization of the Italian National Contact Points for all the themes and sectors, as well as expert of the Information, Communication Technology Thematic group in the CIP Programme by the Ministry of Innovation and Technologies.

APRE has a deep knowledge of the International Cooperation sector thanks to the projects where is the coordinator (INCO-NET Projects: ENLACE (Central America), EUCARINET (Caribbean); ACCESS4EU Projects: Canada, India and Mexico, WP leader and partner in INCO-NET Projects: PACENET (Pacific), WBC INCO-NET (Western Balkan Countries); BILAT Projects: China, India, Mexico, USA, Canada, Egypt and Argentina; ACCESS4EU Projects: South Africa, USA. Moreover, APRE has been nominated by the Italian Ministry of Research as Italian National Contact Point for EU-Africa partnership 8.

Contact: Mrs Monique Bossi, Bossi@apre.it

 

4. SPI

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SPI is a private consulting company created in 1997 as an active centre of national and international networks. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between national and international public and private organizations, private sector companies, and science and technology institutions. SPI embraced the mission of managing projects that promote regional, national and international development, stimulate R&D, innovation and knowledge management and encourage internationalization and creation of strategic partnerships and business relationships. SPI´s services are dedicated to specific markets and clients with different needs, including European Commission, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and National Governments, among others. In addition to Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra and Azores), SPI has offices in Spain (Santiago de Compostela), China (since 1999, Beijing and Macau), the USA (Washington D.C. and California), a direct representation in Brussels through EBN, as well as operations in Brazil and Africa. SPI currently employs more than 60 full-time experienced consultants worldwide from different backgrounds. With an international network, SPI has accumulated extensive experience in coordinating and operating EC projects related to bilateral S&T research and innovation between EU and China.

Contact: Mrs Sara Medina, saramedina@spi.pt

 

5. Phemonoe Lab / EMETRIS S.A.

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Phemonoe Lab is a private research unit focusing on Future Studies, and providing special strategic consulting services to private and public organisations. The lab scans global and local trends and participates in international think tanks on future studies, aiming to successfully communicate current and future trends and to provide support to private and public organisations on strategic planning. Our work consists of creative power and analytical, critical thinking, supported by the combination of thematic width and readily available, in-depth knowledge.

Our signature initiative is the International Certified Future Strategist course that we provide annually to executives that wish to learn modern strategic planning tools. We work for local & national stakeholders, private , as well as international organisations. Over the years, we have gained in-depth knowledge, in particular in the following industries: ICT, Energy, Tourism, Agrofood, Environment. Our in-depth expertise in Financial Planning and Entrepreneurship is applied to private and public clients requiring special services in the broad area of Innovation.

Contact: Mr Stavros Mantzanakis, sm@emetris.gr

 

6 . China-EU Center for Information & Communication Technologies in Agriculture (CICTA) – China Agricultural University (CAU)

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China Agricultural University (CAU) is one of the top national key universities in the People’s Republic of China. It is the leading and oldest agricultural higher education and research in China. CAU is top 20 university in China.

The China-EU Center for Information & Communication Technologies in Agriculture (CICTA), China Agricultural University is an international science & technology cooperation base established in 2009 by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

In recent years, the Center has undertaken more than 50 national and provincial research projects, including the National Science and Technology Planning Project, National “863” Plan, National Natural Science Foundation of China,. In addition, the Center has undertaken 17 international collaborative projects, including the EU Asia IT & C projects, EU FP6, FP7 projects, Key Project for International Science and Technology Co-operation, and Bilateral International Co-operation projects, now 2 FP7 projects are on going. The Center has established substantial cooperative relationships with more than 20 foreign universities and research institutions, such as Wageningen University of Netherlands, University of Illinois in the US, Queensland University in Australia, Rome University in Italy, the Fraunhofer Research Institute in Germany, and the Gent University in Belgium, etc.

CICTA mainly focus on the information and communication technologies in agriculture, it has 4 groups: Space information technologies, advanced sensor technologies, information processing and system technologies. The group for space information technologies mainly focus on crop growth monitoring, forecasting, agro-ecological environment and land resource monitoring, disaster monitoring. The research approaches are combinations of both theoretic methodology and application approaches, and integrations of innovation and development.

CICTA has more than 20 research bases distributed in 20 provinces all over China and have good relationship with Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and informatization, Ministry of Environment Protection, Ministry of Science and Technology.

 

7. SEZ (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

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Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH belongs to the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Promotion. The Foundation runs approximately 700 so-called “Technology Transfer Centres” mainly in Baden-Württemberg, but also in other regions in Germany and Europe. The Technology Transfer Centres are mostly attached to research organisations in order to guarantee close connection between R&D and industry. More than 3,000 researchers, consultants and engineers carry out more than 20,000 contracts per year to improve strategy, product and process development of companies. SEZ was founded in March 1990 and was a member of the European network of Innovation Relay Centres (IRC) since 1995 as well as head of the IRC consortium responsible for Baden-Württemberg, Thuringia and North of Switzerland. Since 2008 SEZ has been a member of the regional European Enterprise Network (EEN) consortia. SEZ is also official National Contact Point (NCP) for SMEs in the region of Baden Württemberg. The core activities of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum are:

  • assist organisations to participate in European R&D projects,
  • support the management of international research projects
  • provide assistance in the exploitation of research results,
  • promote transnational technology transfer,
  • foment and facilitate the cooperation between research organisations and companies, and
  • stimulate and support the innovation process in industrial companies.

SEZ has also considerable experience in organising workshops, conferences and brokerage events for technology transfer as well as finding partners for RTD-proposals. Furthermore, SEZ has a vast experience in the implementation of surveys and analyses (e.g. SWOT, Roadmapping, Foresight, market studies, etc.), whose results can be collated in the form of handbooks, recommendation papers or reports.

Contact: Mr Eduardo Hermann, E-Mail: herrmann@steinbeis-europa.de

8. EUREL (EURELATIONS AG)

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EUrelations is a service company dedicated to contribute to good relationships through scientific cooperation. It supports high-tech SMEs, the industry and universities in their activities in research & development. EUREL was established in 2005. Team members are former scientists and people from economy, trained in project management and equipped with intercultural skills. They have been advising the first consortia led by Swiss coordinators in FP6 and 7 after the full association to EU-FP in 2004. EUREL finds customized R&D partners for collaboration between the industry and private/public research institutions, identifies suitable funding programs for its customers, assesses technologies and evaluates chances for success. The training to transfer know-how for successful participation in funding schemes is an integral part of the company’s activities. Its board members are experts and external auditors of national and international public R&D funding agencies. EUREL has participated in several FP6 and FP7 projects, not only as management partner, but also involved in studies on SME participation in FP programs (KAPPA-Health) to provide input for EU policy making. On national level EUREL hosts the Swiss office of the joint technology platform ManuFUTURE since three years and supports approximately 20-30 manufacturing related R&D-projects each year. The company is based in Technopark Zürich, an incubation centre with over 200 companies and excellent facilities.

EUREL contacts with China were established through various activities, one of the them was the organization of the First International Conference on Research Funding in 2009 (see also www.bigband.ethz.ch).

Contact: Dr. Andrea Degen, contact@eurelations.com

 9.University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the top 100 universities in the World (and within the top 10 universities in the UK) and is considered to be the UK’s only truly international university with campuses in the UK, Malaysia and P.R. China.

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-Foreign university established in China with the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Since its foundation in 2004, the university has grown rapidly and currently has over 5000 students with ambitions for further expansion.

UNNC is divided into eight divisions (including Geographical Sciences, Engineering, International Studies, International Communications, Business and Computer Science).

Contact: Dr Odette Paramor, Odette.Paramor@nottingham.edu.cn

 

 10.SIGMA Orionis (SIGMA)

SIGMASituated in Sophia Antipolis, one of the most important technoparks in Europe, Sigma Orionis is specialised in studies and research aiming at connecting research and innovation to markets. Science its creation in in 1984, Sigma has gained longstanding experience in research and technology cooperation combined with in-depth technical expertise, relied on an extensive network of contacts in Europe and worldwide.

For almost 15 years, Sigma Orionis has actively contributed to strengthening S&T cooperation between Europe and different world regions: Asia (China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia), Africa (particularly Sub-Saharan Africa), United States, Australia and New Zealand. For these projects, coordinated by Sigma Orionis, the company most often manages a wide range of activities, including the evaluation of cooperation potential and priorities, competences mapping, focused thematic analyses, the organisation of cooperation events, recommendations to the stakeholders on the reinforcement or development of the bilateral and/or multilateral cooperation mechanisms. Having an excellence in dissemination activities, Sigma Orionis has organised over last years around 100 cooperation events in 40 countries attended by 17,000 participants.

Over the years, Sigma Orionis has developed substantial activities in relation to China, including S&T landscape analysis, preparation of background documents, setting up networks with key S&T and industrial stakeholders, identification of cooperation opportunities, providing recommendations to the policy-makers, organization of awareness or cooperation events, development of cooperation portals, etc.

 

  11.Beijing Software Enterprise Advisory Center (BSEAC)

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BSEAC is a professional knowledge service company that specializes in providing a full spectrum of customs supports in the high-tech fields especially in the software and IT industry. Since its establishment in March 2001, BSEAC has devoted itself to developing and promoting extensive international cooperation in this field to foster a win-win environment for both Chinese and foreign industries to complete and grow altogether.

BSEAC’s core business includes International Cooperation, Business Consulting, Event Management, Marketing and Promotion, Knowledge Transfer and Technology Transfer. BSEAC boasts its close connections with the government authorities, research institutes, industrial associations as well as corporations home and abroad. With extensive local industrial knowledge and considerable experience on national policy and strategy level, BSEAC has built a name of being a foremost knowledge services provider in the software/ICT and high-tech industries in China.

BSEAC has become a major Chinese partner in terms of the total number of EC-funded projects implemented, given its substantial experience in the EC and other international projects. This success relied upon BSEAC’s its rich experience in strategic research, government and public relations building, as well as robust dissemination, partnership networking and event management capacities.

 

  12.KAIROS Future (KAIROS)

KAIROSKairos Future is a leading research and consulting organization focusing on foresight-driven strategy. With more than 20 years in business and clients from a number of industries as well as national and regional governments in Europe, Asia and the US the company has an extensive experience from various fields and types of projects to build upon.

Since almost 10 years, the company has been delivering China-related services, covering anything from policy studies, consumer surveys and social media analysis to innovation-related research and foresight projects. Among clients are international research organizations such as European Travel Commission and UN World Tourism organization, Taiwanese research institutes ITRI, III and CDRI as well as global consumer, automotive and technology companies such as SCA, Volvo, Ericsson, Nissan, Husqvarna, the national Swedish government and numerous other clients.

Since a couple of years, Kairos Future has a formal representative in China and since half a year an own office and legal representation.

 

  13Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

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The Austrian Research Promotion Agency is the main public body to support industrial research, development and innovation in Austria. It operates a total budget worth more than 500 Mio. Euro. Founded in 2004, FFG operates four main kinds of programmes: General Programmes support high-quality bottom up industrial projects open to all fields of technology and free of constraints through tender submission deadlines. Structural Programmes optimise the structures of the Austrian innovation system by developing new forms of co-operation, building know-how and improving competencies in science and economy. Thematic Programmes set national thematic priorities and optimise and standardise the processes of implementation. European and International Programmes are the centre of competence and the “hub” as regards encouraging participation in international research and development activities. FFG also incorporates an Aeronautics and Space Agency, which implements the Austrian aeronautics and space policy and represents Austria in the main international bodies in this field. Furthermore, FFG carries out expertises for individuals or legal entities claiming the research premium, a tax benefit for R&D activities.

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency is the main public body to support industrial research, development and innovation in Austria. It operates a total budget worth more than 500 Mio. Euro. Founded in 2004, FFG operates four main kinds of programmes: General Programmes support high-quality bottom up industrial projects open to all fields of technology and free of constraints through tender submission deadlines. Structural Programmes optimise the structures of the Austrian innovation system by developing new forms of co-operation, building know-how and improving competencies in science and economy. Thematic Programmes set national thematic priorities and optimise and standardise the processes of implementation. European and International Programmes are the centre of competence and the “hub” as regards encouraging participation in international research and development activities. FFG also incorporates an Aeronautics and Space Agency, which implements the Austrian aeronautics and space policy and represents Austria in the main international bodies in this field. Furthermore, FFG carries out expertises for individuals or legal entities claiming the research premium, a tax benefit for R&D activities.

 

 

Associated Partners

  1. The Research Council of Norway (RCN)

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The Research Council of Norway is a national strategic and funding agency for research activities, and a chief source of advice on and input into research policy for the Norwegian Government, the central government administration and the overall research community.

An important objective is to ensure that Norway adequately invests in research and development (R&D) activity.

The Research Council works to enhance financial and quality targets in Norwegian research and innovation activities. The Council also works to design a sound underlying structure for the research system and develop new forms of interaction between the research community, trade and industry and the public administration.

The Research Council of Norway comprises four research divisions, one division for administrative affairs and an executive staff organised directly under the Director General. The Research Council has some 400 employees.

The International Office. The International Office is part of the Director General’s staff and works to promote greater international research cooperation and to further develop Norway’s international research policy. The international affairs staff is also responsible for much of the Research Council’s contact with other international research organisations and institutions.

 

2. Agency for Management of Universities and Research Grants (AGAUR)

logo_AgaurThe Agency for Management of Universities and Research Grants (AGAUR) is a public funding body which supports the Secretariat of Universities and Research, currently under the Ministry of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia. AGAUR supports the Government university’ and scientific policy, based on competitiveness in R&D with excellence at the core, by funding people and capacity building.

With 15 years of experience, AGAUR runs annually scholarships and grants amounting over EUR 150 million, which contribute to the promotion of university education, research and knowledge transfer in Catalonia. AGAUR obtained the quality certification ISO 9001:2008 for its grant management performance in 2012 and the European HR excellence seal in 2014.

Its internationalization area develops actions with the following general objectives: to represent the Directorate General for Research in strategic internationalization programmes; to foster wider research cooperation and researchers’ mobility with other countries/regions; to promote the external visibility of Catalan institutions and facilitate talent attraction; to attract European funds for research; to support and enable R&I agents in project management and valorisation of research.

AGAUR hosts regional contact points of some Horizon 2020 programmes (Excellent Science, SC6 and SWAFS). It is also a Euraxess service centre in Catalonia, which coordinates more than 50 research institutions and acts as a helpdesk for researchers looking for opportunities or mobility advice on legal and practical issues.

 

3. Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur

logo_NCAMetropole Nice Cote d’Azur is a public institution of inter-communal cooperation (Etablissement Public de Coopération Intercommunale – EPCI), created by French law no. 2010-1563 dated 16 December 2010, to reform local authorities.
The selected scope is a result of a real cooperation between 49 municipalities in Nice Côte d’Azur, to unite and pool their resources, their expertise and their means. The aim is to set up a robust, competitive and sustainable regional territory that can meet with the expectations of its citizens and its visitors, through well-balanced urban planning, economical, ecological educational, cultural and social development programs. Nice Cote d’Azur Metropole brings together territories expanding from the Mediterranean French Riviera to the French Alps, where the strongly linked sea and mountains cooperate in numerous fields making the territory more attractive for the tourism and the residents.
This cooperation between the 49 municipalities conveys in the fields of trade, economic, social and cultural development: Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur is involved in the establishment, the development and the management of industrial, commercial, tertiary, craft, tourism, port and airport areas. It is committed in co-leading competitiveness cluster, in capital corporation for technology transfer acceleration, in building, planning, operating and maintaining cultural, social, educational and sporting equipments of a territorial interest. It is also involved in promoting tourism as the establishment of information offices, in supporting and assisting higher education and research establishments, research programs, taking innovation, research and higher education at a regional planning, into account.