ARC FUND

Science and society

The Applied Research and Communications Fund facilitates public, multi-actor deliberative processes on societal challenges stemming from research and innovation. Responsible research and innovation are closely linked to sustainable development and thus represent a horizontal topic in the research studies conducted by ARC Fund. Focal areas of our research are energy transition, energy citizenship and renewable energy, access of vulnerable societal groups to the labor market, public engagement in policy design, technology assessment of the impact of new technology on society, economy and environment, as well as workplace innovations and public-sector innovations.

“Precaution and innovation in Europe” – a citizen meeting in Sofia

On June 23, 2019 ARC Fund hosted a half-day citizen meeting in Sofia to discuss the topic of precaution and innovation. The meeting brought together 27 participants representing different social groups, professions, cities and age. Similar meetings were organised in four other countries – Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Italy. The aim of the meetings was learn what EU citizens think about fairness, risk and safety in relation to research, precaution and innovation. Prior to the event in Sofia, participants received an information material which aimed to assist them in their reflections...

ARC Fund at the Pathways to Transformation conference

Pathways to Transformation conference was the concluding event for two EU-funded projects NUCLEUSand RRI-Practice. The jointly organised conference took place in Brussels on June 20-21, 2019 and explored the pathways that institutions may follow in order to become more socially responsive: • What can research-performing organisations learn from the projects’ institutional RRI experiments (Practical Pathways)? • And how can research policy incentivise stakeholders to contribute to more responsive science and innovation systems (Policy Pathways)? More details about the conference are available...

Seminar “Patent in Support of Internationalisation”

The Applied Research and Communications Fund and the Joint Innovation Centre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences are pleased to invite all interested persons to take part in the seminar, which will be held on 11.06.2019 at 10.00 a.m. in the conference hall of the Unified Innovation Centre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, ul. Acad. 26 B, Sofia. The aim of the training is to familiarize the participants with the essence of a patent, the ways of obtaining a patent, the specifics of the European and International (PCT) patent systems and the use of databases with patent information. The...

Excellence-in-ReSTI: International pilot training kick-off for 25 young project managers from the Danube Region

Eisenstadt, 02.10.2018 – Two days full of learning, networking, and gaining skills for innovative project management: University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Burgenland’s Campus Eisenstadt turned into a networking hub for 25 young project managers from all over Europe on October 1-2. The event kicked off a one-year pilot blended learning programme, the “ReSTI.academy”, in which students and trainers will work together on testing and improving a five-module curriculum on Excellence in Research, Social and Technological Innovation Project Management (Excellence-in-ReSTI). Press Release (Adobe PDF...

Open Call for Experts – Registry of Research Infrastructures Reviewers

The ResInfra@DR project launched an Open Call for experienced evaluators who want to be included in a registry of research infrastructure (RI) reviewers. Reviewers in the registry must have the knowledge, experience and ability to conduct ex-ante assessments of upcoming RI instruments and/or planned RIs in the Danube macro-region countries. The registry will be used primarily by relevant ministries, financing authorities, agencies in charge of RIs, and research organisations planning RI investments from the Danube region countries. Participation in the registry is open to experts from both...

Open Call Announcement Mutual Learning Exercise within the ResInfra@DR

ResInfra@DR project partners would like to announce an open call for the involvement of research infrastructures and thematic experts in the mutual learning exercise. Designed to strengthen Research Infrastructures in the Danube macro region, the project develops a mutual learning activity resulting in practical recommendations. Eligibility criteria, financial framework, evaluation criteria, and special call conditions are described in the Terms of References here. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 25 June 2018, 14:00 CET (date and time of entry of the e-mail as...

Call for Participation in a Training: Building capacity for evaluation, planning, monitoring, operation and management of research infrastructures

Applied Research and Communications Fund, as partner in the ResInfra@DR project, is organising a training to build capacity for ex-ante evaluation of research infrastructures, planning of RIs, monitoring of existing RIs and identification of expected impacts of RIs. The training is primarily aimed at RI programme owners and the funding authorities, RI managers and operators (hosts), as well as potential reviewers of RIs. The participation is restricted to citizens of the Danube macro-region countries. Please see the attached Open Call for Participation in Training for more information, and if...

Terms of Reference for Trainers: Building capacity for evaluation, planning, monitoring, operation and management of research infrastructures

ResInfra@DR project is looking for experienced trainers (experienced science, technology and innovation policy-makers, successful RI managers, established RI reviewers, experts from international projects related to RIs) to prepare and deliver a training session on one of the following topics: Planning and establishing of RIs Operating, managing and monitoring RIs Results and impacts of RIs in practice Long-term financial sustainability of RIs Please consult the attached Terms of Reference for Trainers for more information. If you need further information, please contact Marko Hajdinjak at...

International experts prepared recommendations to support social, sustainable and frugal innovation in the Black Sea region

In the beginning of November 2017 the Applied Research and Communications Fund organised in Sofia an international workshop “Promotion of Social, Sustainable and Frugal Innovation in the Black Sea Region”. The workshop was organised as part of the “Black Sea Horizon” project in which ARC Fund is a partner, and which is financed under the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020. Participants in the workshop were social entrepreneurs, representatives of companies, civil society organisations and universities from Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany...