European Project ERICENA
European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China
ERICENA is a project funded under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme and aiming at the establishment of a self-sustainable European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China. At its maturity, ERICENA will provide services to public and private European and Chinese clients, promoting Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation with China and connecting European researchers and entrepreneurs to the Chinese market.
With its headquarters in Beijing, ERICENA involves a consortium of 13 organisations from 8 countries (Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Norway, Greece, Switzerland and China) and is supported by a network of 128 stakeholders that act as Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) and the Regional Contact Hubs (RCH).
Which added value offers ERICENA to research and technology organisations, start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs?
- Tailor-made services comprising an in-depth knowledge of R&I landscape both in the Chinese and European contexts
- Effective support for stakeholders to achieve a more dynamic presence in China and in Europe
- Increased contacts, interactions and collaborative opportunities for both Chinese and European STI organisations
- Improved understanding and more effective use of existing infrastructure and technological resources in the context of R&I Sino-European cooperation
- Active exploitation of existing funding and business opportunities in China and in Europe
ERICENA is coordinated by SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, from Portugual. As project partner in ERICENA, Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i) is leading the Work Package “Analysing framework conditions and the Chinese market” during the set-up stage of the Centre, and is responsible for implementing a PESTLE and SWOT analysis and organising two strategic workshops in Europe and China. S2i will also lead the development of a revenues model for the Centre and the analysis of major risks that might influence the outcome of the project. Further is S2i involved in the day-to-day development of the Centre and supported the proposal preparation as well as the contract negotiations with the European Commission.
Project duration: 01/2017 – 12/2021
Countries: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and China