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WP1 aims at ensuring an appropriate coordination and administrative-financial management of the project. Its objectives are to ensure a smooth implementation of project activities, intervene through risk management procedures in the event of deviations from planned work, provide strategic guidance to the project also in terms of liaison with relevant stakeholders or complementary initiatives and manage relations (including complete and timely reporting) with the European Commission.
Mobility is one of the key activities foreseen in the project and has the objective of facilitating resource and knowledge pooling in cooperation with major European research institutions active in areas of interest of UHI. The mobility scheme is broken down in three main components: Outbound Mobility referred to the most promising UHI researchers, to whom the project will ensure periods of secondment at other EU institutions, and Inbound Mobility, which aims at integrating, for a given period of time, leading researchers from other institutions into the research work and teams of UHI and Permanent Recruitment, that looks at filling research gaps in key positions at UHI.
From a strategic point of view, the Mobility work-package aims at:
- Stepping up within UHI the pace of collaborative research and skills activity through the contribution of leading
researchers in areas of interest
- Consolidating strategic cooperation links between UHI and major EU research organisations.
- Fostering a research cooperation culture within UHI, so as to favour further inclusion in the ERA (European
WP 3 has the objective of strengthening the research infrastructure at UHI, by enabling the acquisition of equipment without which it would not be possible to create the conditions to carry out research work and technical operations that are fundamental in UHI developments’ plans of establishing a marine energy research and innovation hub.
WP 4 aims at raising the overall ability of UHI to efficiently operate within the FP7 (H2020 since 2014) and to consolidate its position within the international scientific community. This objective requires a combined approach, based on a mix of coaching sessions and the support to networking activities so as to favour, promote and develop relevant contacts with top influencers and decision makers in EU research programmes. A large spectrum of staff within UHI will be involved, from researchers to managers and administrative personnel.
Marine sciences have huge innovation potential. UHI operates in a context of growing linkages to the industrial world when it comes to the exploitation of marine science related research activities. While the University has relevant capacities on research cooperation, its ability to channel industrial relationships within a coherent innovation path is still very hindered by a lack of sufficient understanding of markets. This entails that the UHI’s competences in the protection of intellectual property or in the way relations with industry are managed needs to be vigorously stepped up. This is of special importance to develop and deploy long term strategies and make sure that their achievement does not solely depend on the availability of public funding.
Dissemination activities are conceived to support the overall project deployment and help raise the visibility of UHI as one of the most promising and leading research institutions in the field of marine energy in Europe. The Dissemination work-package is strategically connected to the overall project management and will be managed directly by the management and communication office of the University, with the collaboration of the ERI, LCC and SAMS researchers.
In line with the guidelines of the REGPOT programme, the Ex Post Evaluation WP aims at obtaining a final validation of activities and of the research potential of UHI, through a panel of independent reviewers appointed by the European Commission. This activity will intervene at the end of project deployment (from M37 to M42) and is expected to provide strategic indications on ways by which the full potential of the marine energy research capabilities UHI might be brought to maturity.