Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH (SEZ) (Germany)

Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH (SEZ) (Germany)
Country: Germany
Contact person(s): Heike Fischer, Jessica Ebner, Kerstin Seidel
Phone: +49 711 1234010

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) was founded in 1990 as the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economics. With offices in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, its task is to help particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as research organisations in European innovation processes, mainly RTD and Technology Transfer through transnational partnerships. For this, SEZ is a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network of the European Commission with close to 600 participating organisations in over 50 countries. SEZ is Contact Point for SME measures as a mission of the Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Finance and Economics of Baden-Württemberg.

SEZ's services include, among others:

  • Analysing the research and innovation potential of enterprises
  • European RTD exploitation and dissemination
  • Road mapping for innovative technologies for market deployment
  • Transnational technology transfer services for SME and research organisations

SEZ has 20 years experience in the management and monitoring of European research projects and has been coordinator in more than 20 EU projects, among those many Support Actions and also SME RTD projects.

SOPH.I.A Consulting (Italy)

SOPH.I.A Consulting (Italy)
Country: Italy
Contact person(s): Ira Vater
Phone: +39 069 29 36 558

Sophia Consulting is a non-profit association that was established in 2009 with the scope of providing consultancy services in an international context.

In the current scenario, where big, outstanding companies are sharing the market, Sophia proposes its values of intervention: flexibility, quality, timeliness. Our aim is also to offer services with the distinctive feature of a high level of integration. The awareness of our customers’ needs allows us to face challenges that are very demanding, yet always ensuring the achievement of quality objectives beyond expectations with a constant attention to ethical and sustainability issues.

Our experience in a wide range of business sectors covering public and private, corporate and university, allows us to propose interventions that range from taking charge of a project, its management, all the way to delivery and beyond, also during the operational phase.

In the transport sector, Sophia Consulting’s main area of competence is in airport infrastructure design management, road safety and road and rail infrastructure at international level.

Sophia Consulting also has extensive experience in EU projects in several areas such as the Lifelong Learning Programme, FP7 and the CIP ICT-PSP programme. A number of senior partners are professional trainers in the area of accessing EU programmes.

ICCR Foundation (Austria)

ICCR Foundation (Austria)
Country: Austria
Contact person(s): Ronald Pohoryles
Phone: +43 1 253 1400 111

The ICCR Foundation has a proven record in the execution of multi-national and multi-disciplinary projects and involving scientists and consultants from different disciplines and professional orientations. The mission of the ICCR is to produce high-quality interdisciplinary research by carrying out policy relevant research; having a network of partner organisations; delivering research results to plan and budget; disseminating results appropriately; acquiring and developing high quality staff; managing ourselves efficiently and effectively. The ICCR Foundation specialises in strategic policy analysis using applied, multi-disciplinary and comparative research with Europe defining the geographical scope. In the field of impact assessment, transport research and RTD-evaluation the ICCR Foundation has a long experience. It should be noted here that the ICCR Foundation has taken over the activities of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences, a not-for-profit association that existed for 25 years and has participated in more than 70 European projects, of which 20 in transport research.

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (Hungary)

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (Hungary)
Country: Hungary
Contact person(s): Klaudia Tvergyak
Phone: +36 1 463 0533

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (BZN) was founded in 1992. Today it is Hungary’s leading public institution for research, development and technology transfer. The mission of BZN is to support and foster the development, competitiveness and efficiency of Hungarian companies through innovation and technology transfer. To perform its mission, BZN implements national and international R&D&I projects through the cooperating network of its research institutes. BZN provides complex scientific and technological solutions for its domestic and international clients, helping them to implement state of the art technology. Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research offers a wide range of services to bridge different players of the innovation chain where its interdisciplinary approach assures innovation and success. The dynamic growth of BZN is due to the wide range of competencies offered especially in the field of:

  • Biotechnology
  • Material
  • laser and nanotechnology
  • Information and communication technology
  • Environmental technologies
  • Logistics and industrial production technologies
  • Mechanical, physical and chemical-analytical measurements
  • Plant genomics
  • Control engineering

Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)

Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
Country: Slovenia
Contact person(s): Lea Kane
Phone: +386 1 477 3224

The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 850 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering.

The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation - and dissemination - of knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society at large through the pursuit of education, learning, research, and development of high technology at the highest international levels of excellence.

URSIT Ltd (Bulgaria)

URSIT Ltd (Bulgaria)
Country: Bulgaria
Contact person(s): Ulrich Boes
Phone: +359 2 8702878

URSIT Ltd. is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and pursues the vision to support the ICT sector in South East Europe in the transition towards a fully developed market economy.  URSIT offers consulting services for technology and business development in the area of Information and Communication Technologies. These include services for systems analysis and user requirements definition, the definition and management of projects, and the acquisition of public or private funding.  Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Data Infrastructures, E-business and Internet technology are our specific areas of competence. Interoperability and open standards are our values and we feature the use of open source software.

URSIT has carried out various research and consulting projects in South-East Europe.  Amongst them are contributions to the development of the national ICT strategies of Bulgaria and Albania, various studies including those in the transport sector.  URSIT has undertaken business partnerships with German, Greek and Turkish companies for the market development in Bulgaria and South-East Europe.

Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Country: Czech Republic
Contact person(s): Martin Skarka
Phone: +420 234 006 113

The Technology Centre ASCR (TC) is an independent non-profit association of legal entities – five institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the CR and Technology Management, s. r. o. Since its founding in 1994, the TC has quickly become a prominent national platform facilitating international cooperation in research and development (R&D) within the European Research Area.

The TC is a significant national institution for research and innovation infrastructure. It carries out oriented research in the area of science, technologies, and innovation. It is a source of current information about European R&D and innovation.

The Technology Centre ASCR supports the participation of the Czech Republic in the European Research Area, prepares analytical and conceptual studies for research and development, performs international technology transfers and supports the creation and development of innovation businesses.

Q-PLAN North Greece Ltd (Greece)

Q-PLAN North Greece Ltd (Greece)
Country: Greece
Contact person(s): Mr Iakovos Delioglanis
Phone: +30 2310 411 191

Q-PLAN North Greece Ltd, established in Thessaloniki, is an innovation and management consulting SME. The company is IS0 9001 and 14001 certified and focuses its activities in the field of management consulting and particularly in the development and implementation of management systems, where it is the market leader in Greece. Q-PLAN provides also high quality services with respect to project management and development of business commercial and operational plans. In addition, Q-PLAN possesses a vast experience in respect to the design, management, co-ordination and monitoring of high complexity projects with international dimension (including European-funded projects). Q-PLAN employs more than 25 high-skilled and experienced personnel and retains an extensive network of external experts.

ALMA Consulting Group SAS (France)

ALMA Consulting Group SAS (France)
Country: France
Contact person(s): Anne-Cécile de Giacomoni
Phone: +33 4 72 35 88 33

ALMA Consulting Group SAS is an Operational Management Consulting Company. The Innovation Department is specialized in the engineering and coordination of collaborative, both national and international, R&D projects.

ALMA CG owns a recognised expertise in the management of collaborative projects (since 5th FP), taking in charge of the day-to-day (operational) project management. For more than fifteen years ALMA CG has developed specific knowledge and methodologies in the management of partnerships to support them efficiently in the achievement of their objectives. ALMA was partner in several SSA aiming at supporting SME in FP participation, was also coordinator of the “Secure Force” SSA in the security area and partner of the “Kappa Health” project aiming at identifying key success factors for exploitation of research results in Health projects.

The Innovation Department consists of 300 employees (consultants and administrators) with graduated engineer and/or PhD background with complementary training in marketing, technology transfer and project management.


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