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Constructing Healthcare Environments through Responsible Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategies (CHERRIES)

Cherries Project

Project founded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 872873
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1/01/2020
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The CHERRIES project is aimed at supporting healthcare research and innovation policy and pilot actions by interlinking RRI, demand-side policy and territorial innovation models incl. smart specialisation. This pilot innovation process will be implemented and tested in the territories of Murcia (ES), Örebro (SW) and the Republic of Cyprus (CY).

A focus is set on demand-side innovation policy by training local stakeholders in the regions healthcare sectors to identify needs within their organizations. One need per region will be chosen and a responding call for solutions will be drafted to which entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply with tailor made solutions. After the selection of one solution per region the development of a pilot will be funded by CHERRIES and the entrepreneurs will co-create a solution with the need-owner. The sustainability and market creation of these innovations will be addressed. These processes, their outcomes and the policy frameworks the experiments are embedded in will be mapped, monitored, evaluated and serve as evidence-base for revision of sectoral policies, strategies and innovation support instruments. Thereby, CHERRIES will engage the territorial stakeholder ecosystems in participatory agenda setting, need articulation and institutional reflection processes. These will serve as starting point for collective approaches with shared responsibilities aiming to create more open, inclusive and self-sustaining territorial research and innovation (R&I) ecosystems.

Within the CHERRIES Project, K&I is in charge of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Assessment activities, aimed at securing the project’ overall impacts as well as to accompany and to study the policy experiments and the innovation pilots. K&I will also contribute to the process of reflection on territorial RRI implementation and future potential in the healthcare sector and in the training of key stakeholders at territorial level in RRI and need articulation processes.

The CHERRIES consortium consists of 12 renowned and EU-FP experienced universities, research organisations, SMEs, CSOs, healthcare organisations incl. a private hospital, business and innovation centres and regional authorities from seven European countries.

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CHERRIES project launched with Kick-off meeting in Vienna

On the 16th and 17th of January 2020, the CHERRIES project (Constructing Healthcare Environments through Responsible Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategies), held a Kick-off meeting in Vienna organized by ZSI. The project partners from Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden met each other for the first time and discussed their contributions and how they will work together. Cristina Marcone, the Project´s Officer from the European Commission´s Research Executive Agency, held the initial presentation to explain how CHERRIES is embedded in the H2020 framework and welcomed the participants. Her presentation was followed by work package presentations and discussions from all project partners. The aim of the meeting was to give all partners a deeper understanding of the project’s objectives and the interconnections to ensure a successful launch and swift start in the productive first year.