GIENAHS - Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between Heis and Smes

PROJECT “GIENAHS - Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between Heis and Smes”
Project Number: 588071-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPKA2-KA
GRANT AGREEMENT n. 2017-2866/001-001


Fostering a long-term transnational cooperation between universities and SMEs


Contribute to improving the quality of training of industrial researchers

Promote the mobility of researchers across Europe


a new methodological approach for the design of industrial doctorate courses


GIENAHS Alliance aims at addressing the strategic issue of interaction between universities and the particular target represented by SMEs that, although they are the real driving force of the European economy, still face considerable difficulties in managing R&D processes.
Innovation plays an increasingly important role in our economy both for companies and citizens, seen as workers or as consumers, due to its contribution to the acceleration and improvement in creating new products and services. But there’s no innovation without research and education: to achieve the objective of investing by 2020 the 3% of EU GDP on R&D, in the next decade Europe needs to train many more researchers and eliminate obstacles to their mobility.

Knowledge Triangle: education, research and innovation

-      to promote improvements in quality, excellence in innovation and internationalization;

-      to elevate the quality of training of Industrial Researchers and internal company staff;

-      to improve the "knowledge triangle", linking education, research, and innovation.

Compared GIENAHS targets: high school institutions and small and medium enterprises

GIENAHS intends to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Knowledge Alliances and in particular:

-      to improve key skills and capabilities, with an emphasis on their relevance to the labour market, through greater opportunities of mobility for researchers and enhanced cooperation between universities and SMEs;


GIENAHS fosters the MATCHING between HEIs and SMEs through the following steps:

-  defining a EU standard of HEIs/SMEs interaction to better enhance the territorial competitiveness due to the co-creation of knowledge and innovation;

-  define a new methodological approach to design industrial PhD paths “SMEs oriented” targeted on the specific needs of European SMEs that will pragmatically allow the integration of different cultural approaches to R&D;

-  testing the new methodological approach by designing a new industrial PhD path “SMEs oriented” in Manufacturing field;

-  proposing the harmonisation of Industrial PhD disciplines in Europe, to concretely promote the

Matching between HEIs and SMEs

mobility of researchers; regulate, therefore, the industrial research doctorate at national level in six partner countries, comparing them with the European provisions;

-  setting up a stable Observatory able to create virtuous and fruitful cooperation among SMEs, HEIs and researchers multiplying attractive employment opportunities for industrial research in European SMEs.

GIENAHS features

SCIENTIFIC publications, papers and awards

Funding of over €999K received for group project

April 30, 2018

SMEs are the foundation of Europe’s economy, yet just 22% of them are positioned towards innovation. In this perspective, HEIs can and should strengthen them. What’s required is a greater, more structured interaction among HEIs and SMEs and a higher ability of European universities to train industrial researchers and prepare them to deal with the unique cultural and research contexts of SMEs. The GIENAHS project intends to contribute to the growth of innovation culture in European SMEs by developing a smart and common European standard of interaction, fostering a stronger collaboration between HEIs and SMEs through a new methodological approach, where they design industrial PhD pathways.

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stakeholders & Credits

Carmine Viola, Full Professor


Universus CSEI

Giuseppe Leonardo Cascella, PhD



MSc with honors and PhD in Electrical Eng. @Politecnico di Bari (IT)

EU Marie Curie Fellow @Nottingham University (UK)

40+ international papers

30+ industrial and R&D projects

David Naso, Full Professor


Politecnico di Bari

MSc with honors in Electronical Eng. @Politecnico di Bari (IT)

PhD in Electrical Eng. @Politecnico di Bari (IT)

Full Professor of Identification and Intelligent Control @Politecnico di Bari (IT)

Responsible of Control System area @Energy Factory Bari

100+ international papers


Universus CSEI

Universus is a university consortium for training and innovation whose members are currently the Polytechnic of Bari and the Banca Popolare di Bari. Universus develops advanced training programs for young graduates and managers of companies and local authorities.


Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is a public university in England. It represents one of the most prestigious and popular English university institutions with a number of students equal to over 31,500, coming from over 100 nationalities.


Tei of Epirus

TEI of Epirus is a dynamic educational institution, with a high level of production and transmission of knowledge. It works with innovative educational research standards.

MSc in Business Economics @Università del Salento (IT)

Full Professor di Economics and Management of Public Administrations and Company Audit @Università del Salento (IT)

President @Consorzio di Ricerca e Formazione universitario UNIVERSUS CSEI

30+ papers


Noesis Technologies

Noesis Technologies is a PMI specialized in hardware implementation of high computational complexity telecom algorithms.


Warsaw University of Technologies

The Warsaw Polytechnic is one of Poland's leading technology institutes and one of the largest in Central Europe.


Universitatea tehnica "Gheorghe Asachi"

The "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University is a high-end research and education institution. Its mission is to carry out specific activities to create, to exploit and to transfer knowledge to the society in fundamental areas,  Technical Sciences, Architecture and Urbanism.



Exquisite is a design, consulting, manufacturing and service company specializing in the construction of automatic bottling lines. The experience in this field of the team of the company Exquisite has led to the improvement of products from year to year.


Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is consistently ranked among the top 100 Engineering Universities in the world. Education at Chalmers is strongly linked to advanced research in areas of particular strength.


Pro Tec

PROTEC CSS is a manufacturer of universal CAN-Bus wiring kits for towbars.




Knowledge Alliances


Industrial PhD


European cooperation

Researcher mobility