Our collaborative R&D projects
We have a long association with complex multiple-partner and consortia R&D programmes. We work with a wide variety of commercial and public sector partners across the EU to create, deliver and evaluate significant research in science and technology.
Inventya's expertise lies in:
- Writing consortia proposals, schedule work packages and cost-out partner contributions
- Acting as project participants delivering market insight, dissemination and commercialisation through work packages
- Leading project consortia with partnering searches, contract negotiation, project management and reporting
- Providing expert advice on Horizon 2020 and European Research Council R&D applications
We don't believe in doing something for the sake of it. If we lead or join a large R&D consortia project, it's because we believe there are real and quantifiable benefits to be gained from the fundamental research and its application to the real world.
And we carefully select partners with whom we work on the basis of both their technical or academic expertise as well as their commitment to the project goals.
We take seriously our commitment to the project, our partners and the project sponsors. We have a great deal of expertise in consortia project management and reporting, including auditing and impact assessment. Projects led by Inventya have never suffered from overspend, delays or project creep.
We are particularly interested in joining or leading R&D consortia projects in healthcare and in environmental technologies or clean tech.
We are participating in four major collaborative projects; three in healthcare technology and one project focused upon supporting SMEs with innovative product ideas for environmental technologies and process improvement. View our detailed project descriptions below.
if you are looking for a project partner or if you are considering applying for Horizon 2020 calls during 2014, we'd love to hear from you.
Current projects in healthcare and environmental technologies
Funded by the Technology Strategy Board's Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP) and by ESRC, AKTIVE (Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in later lifE) investigated the role of technology in promoting well-being and independence in later life by exploring how older people experience, value, respond to, and engage with telecare.
The AKTIVE project ran between 2011-2014 and was led by the University of Leeds Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Inequality (CIRCLE) . Partners include Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Tunstall and Inventya.
Key drivers of change include the increasing agenda of personalisation in UK adult social care; the continued growth of the older demographic (by 2034 those aged 85+ will account for more than 5% of the total UK population); design & usability considerations including multiple risk assessment; and financial pressures upon local authorities and community care within the NHS.
AKTIVE presented its findings at the 'Technology, Care and Ageing: enhancing independence' conference held at the University of Leeds in April 2014. Since the project completed in May 2014, its finding have been disseminated widely including at the King's Fund Digital Care event held in September 2014.
Please visit http://www.aktive.org.uk/ to access all project information, reports, video case study and materials.
At Aktive's project conference in mid-2013 Inventya published our market report accessible here: AKTIVE_Market_Report_2012
Funded by the EU's FP7 Framework, the Welcome consortia (Wearable Sensing and Smart Cloud Computing for Integrated Care for COPD patients with co-morbidities) investigates the development of a patient-centred and proactive management tool for managing patients with chronic health conditions.
The project aims to develop a 'smart' health vest to record key data from the wearer. Along with data from other chronic disease management tools such as diabetes kits, patient data can be interpreted and securely held in the cloud, enabling access and feedback from patient and clinicians.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) poses an ever-increasing public health burden in developed and rapidly-developing societies. The WHO estimates by 2030 that COPD will be the fourth worldwide cause of mortality. Other serious conditions are associated with COPD such as diabetes, heart failure, anxiety and depression.
Welcome's consortia aim to develop a system which improves the diagnosis and integrated management of chronic conditions - leading ultimately to lower rates of hospitalisation and significant cost-efficiency in public healthcare services.
Led by Exodus S.A., an experienced R&D project management firm based in Greece, the consortium includes medical associations & centres, universities, professional medical bodies and public health services providers across the UK, Eire, Netherlands, Portugal & Greece. The project started in late 2013 with a duration of 48 months.
For more information visit http://www.welcome-project.eu/home.aspx
Managed through the EU's Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme and funded by national agencies, the ProMe project (PROfessional Intergenerational Cooperation and MEntoring) investigates the development of an open source technology platform for enabling mentoring and knowledge-sharing between older and younger professionals.
This platform aims to enable older people to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement, supporting a positive and active transition to retirement. Equally important is the continuity provided for younger people who do not lose out on acquiring valuable experience and expertise gained by others throughout a working lifetime.
Social inclusion and lifelong inter-generational learning are integral concerns for ProMe. Changing perceptions of ageing within and across societies, and maintaining an active role for older people after a lifetime of work, are just as important to the focus of the project as enabling meaningful and valuable exchanges of tacit knowledge and expertise.
Led by the Paris-Lodron-Universitat Salzburg, the consortia partners consist of national organisations representing older people, professional associations, and technology design and development experts in the university and commercial sectors across the Netherlands, Austria, UK and Romania. The project commenced in April 2014 with a duration of 36 months.
For more information visit http://pro-me.eu/
The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is a collaboration between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Inventya.
The virtual centre offers commercialisation and R&D support to businesses in the northwest of England with eco-innovative products, services or processes.
Business support and R&D collaboration available through the Centre is targeted for eco-innovation - new and existing products and services which will, by nature of their design, manufacture, raw materials or use, ultimately contribute towards the reduction of greenhouse gases or the more efficient use of natural resources. The centre's priogramme is particularly relevant to firms in pharmaceutical, bioscience, agriculture, environmental engineering and transport sectors.
Since it launched in 2012 the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation has raised more than 3 million sterling in funding for participating companies and by 2015 plans to help nearly 300 businesses.
The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.
Visit http://www.cgeinnovation.org/ to sign up for business support and to find out more
The HEI MAKERS project , co-funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme, aims to increase innovation and creativity through partnership of higher education institutions (HEIs) and technical spaces, leading to trans-disciplinary approaches and new teaching methods in HEI, availability of open resources for formal and non-formal education, better entrepreneurial and creativity skills of graduates.
Therefore, the HEI MAKERS consortium will:
- Foster collaboration of HEIs, university and private makerspaces, and other businesses;
- Amplify technological entrepreneurship and technical creativity as key competences;
- Promote innovative education methods;
- Increase open resources based learning opportunities;
- Recognise competencies gained through active learning at makerspace as per programmes developed;
- Test the above-mentioned collaboration concept and ensure sustainability of results;
- Identify and attract new players who will join the next stages of the HEI MAKERS initiative.
HEI MAKERS will encourage more HEIs to initiate collaboration with makerspaces and re-think their study programmes, to employ innovative training methods and address the challenges of XXI century labour market. Project's outputs will open up new learning opportunities through practical application of entrepreneurial and prototyping skills, which can involve and lead to the commercialization of new services and products, to attracting potential investors, to creation of global start-ups and spin-offs and thus growing economy.
For more information please visit: http://heimakers.eu/
ETV4INNOVATION: Development of an online resource to train enterprises with the final objective to foster them into Environmental Technology Verification
ETV4INNOVATION arises from a Strategic Partnership composed by Associations, Technological Centres, SMEs and Universities that will actively cooperate to develop an open e-learning platform for environmental technology markets and related sectors, which will offer an adapted curriculum to equip managers, current and future employees with the specific, basic and transversal skills currently required in relation with Environmental Technology Verification (ETV).
ETV4INNOVATION aims to design and develop Joint Curricula for filling gaps in relation with Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) for current and future managers and workers in technological sectors, such as Materials, wastes and resources, Energy technologies, etc.
In this way, ETV4INNOVATION project defines the following Intellectual Outputs (IO):
- Key study on general needs by SMEs towards ETV: identification of the lack of knowledge regarding ETV, to define the needs for professionals and managers of technological fields, interested students, University staff, and public policy-makers or regulators.
- ETV4INNOVATION Joint Curriculum, to define the content of it and set the main guidelines for development the learning resources.
- ETV4INNOVATION Training Material, the main output according with the O2, to develop all the necessary didactic materials for the learning units.
- ETV4INNOVATION Training and Collaborative Platform, to ensure that all the training materials developed during O3 are certainly deployed in several e-learning platforms by creating an open online course.
For more information please visit us at https://www.etv4innovation.eu/
ETV4INNOVATION has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.