SPI participates in the 23rd EARMA Annual Conference in Malta

12 May 2017


SPI has recently participated in the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) that took place in Valletta, Malta, from 24th to 26th of April, 2017. EARMA represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators (RM&As) in Europe. The theme of this year’s conference was “Negotiating Research: What is the best deal for Europe?”

SPI co-organised the session “European Research and Innovation Centres in Brazil, China and USA – the step ahead on the cooperation and internationalization of European research and innovation”. The session aimed at presenting three Horizon 2020-funded projects that recently started, aiming at setting European Research and Innovation Centres in Brazil (CEBRABIC), China (ERICENA) and the United States (NearUS).

The European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China (ERICENA) was presented by SPI, as project coordinator; CEBRABIC was presented by Fraunhofer IPK and NearUS was presented by InnoTSD.

The three centres intend to provide services for European research, innovation and businesses organisations willing to enter the Brazilian, the Chinese and/or the American market. Such services comprise networking, consultancy and training, among other activities.

ERICENA, CEBRABIC and NearUS will be network-based organisations. This means they will benefit from a lean physical and human resources structure and rely upon the active engagement of existing European research, innovation and businesses organisation already located in Brazil, China and United States. The setup of ERICENA, CEBRABIC and NearUS will also benefit from the strong support of key local organisations, exploring synergies and complementarities for the provision of services.

ERICENA, CEBRABIC and NEarUS will be gradually implemented – starting as traditional Horizon 2020 projects, but smoothly evolving towards a project office and ultimately towards the creation of a financially self-sustainable independent legal entity. At this initial stage, the three projects are undertaking a market analysis to understand the demands of potential European customers, in order to better define the centre’s business model and to finetune the service portfolio to the needs expressed by these potential clients.