Supporting European R&I Through stakeholder collaboration and institutional reform

INITIATE is a project that aims to empower higher education institutions to develop R&I through institution transformation. INITIATE, in its widening dimension, seeks to raise excellence in science and knowledge valorisation of Europe's universities through cooperation and knowledge circulation. Through stakeholder inclusion and co-design approach, INITIATE will design an approach for institution transformation that will reflect on the current needs and resources of the institution, external elements such as policy barriers, good practices from other initiatives and identification of possible collaboration areas with other institutions including local ecosystems. Through iterative process and R&I Labs supported by online tools such as Knowledge Hub, INITIATE will generate policy recommendations for helping stimulate R&I development and scientific excellence in Widening countries, in addition to research outputs and creation of joint applications for other funding sources (e.g. Horizon Europe). The approach will be demonstrated in Croatia, Portugal and north Macedonia. This will finally result in a roadmap for long term uptake of R&I in widening countries with identified replication cases and forming of the Alliance for green energy transition that will assure the long-term sustainability of INITIATE results. The action focuses on universities in Widening countries, in which the cases for the implementation of INITIATE approach will be conducted. Additionally, the project aims to achieve several outcomes, including the successful institutional reform and upgrade of higher education institutions in the R&I dimension, empowerment to be actors of change, and the mainstreaming of a culture of excellence in science and value creation amongst higher education institutions, particularly in less research-intensive institutions and countries. To achieve these outcomes, the project will engage universities as well as local ecosystems.


Since several decades the Green energy transition is the core of EU Energy policy. It started almost 30 years ago with a Council Resolution of 16 September 1986 concerning new community energy policy objectives for 1995 and convergence of the policies of the Member States which was continued by EU White paper: ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE: RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY COM(97)599 final (26/11/1997) which set the goals for renewable energy targets in 2010. When it was clear that EU targets will be accomplished new policy was set by EU leaders in 2007 and was published as EU Climate and Energy 20 20 20 Package ( including RES Directive 2009). The 20-20-20 package was succeeded with the Clean energy for all Europeans (published in 2016, finalised in May 2019) and more ambitious energy transition package The European Green Deal ( adopted by 13 December 2019 by European Council). The new energy policy as post covid-19 recovery programme but also more ambitious targets for 2030 to reach climate neutrality in 2050 has been established through „Fit for 55” Package that was published on 14 July 2021. Moreover, more recent objectives are aiming for deep decarbonisation and fast energy transition by replacing fossil fuels and includes REPowerEU Plan COM(2022) 230 final 18/5/2022 and EU Solar Energy Strategy COM(2022) 221 finally published on 18th May 2022. There are many researcher results that shows possibility to make transition to fossil fuels free energy systems in EU but also especially in the region of South East Europe where these systems could make yearly savings of 20 billion EUR in 20501 . Moreover, a rapid green energy transition will likely result in trillions of net savings2 .The European Union is making considerable efforts to accelerate the green and digital transition and the overall transformation of the European economy, industry and society. The biggest challenges in the transition are posed in the energy sector, which entails the training of a sufficient number of qualified experts in order to carry out the transition in the shortest possible time. The higher education sector should provide modernised research careers interoperable with other sectors in order to bring the research results to the real sector and society. Moreover, politicians must have a clear vision of the energy systems of the future, based on reliable costs and achievable and reasonable targets while digitalization is key to success in the planning and implementation of 100% renewable energy systems.


The main idea behind INITIATE project is to capitalize knowledge already existing in the geographically inclusive alliances such as ESEIA (the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance), SDEWES (International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems) organized by UNIZAG, EPMES ("Energy planning and modelling of energy systems, organized by UKIM and UNIZAG ERASMUS+ (programme for education, training, youth, and sport) networks through their effective consolidation and increasing the critical mass of researchers in terms of upskilling, knowledge creation and knowledge circulation in the green transition.

Impacto Investigação Académica

The project’s results will be published in full open access international scientific/technical literature, as well as in relevant scientific/technical literature at national level mainly in the member states where the partners are established. According to HEU guidelines gold OA publications will be preferred, but green OA (if accepted by Project Officer) will be evaluated too. Results will also be presented at relevant conferences such as SDEWES conference, either through oral or poster presentations. The highest impact open access journals within the relevant sector will be identified. All publications will be collected in a dedicated space within the project web platform for open access/download. OA to peer-reviewed scientific publications will be provided.

The Consortium will promote INTIATE via e-learning/MOOCs, also promoting R&D outcomes and knowledge sharing.

The consortium will seek liaison with the most relevant EU (in particular Widening countries) communities involving potentially interested stakeholders, including the relevant Horizon Europe projects, Alliances, Erasmus+ etc. as well as ESEIA network of Universities, to promote project results at policy-making level and collect relevant stakeholders’ insights.

Impacto Social e Económico

INITIATE can be considered as the first keystone project to draw a robust strategy for accelerating the scientific excellence and the cooperation between the higher education institutions through the institutional transformation. The project will demonstrate a factual collaboration between the project partners and project stakeholders, also supporting policymakers in the generation of sustainable and interconnected policies for increasing a competitiveness in energy transition and HE missions.

INITIATE will develop a supporting approach for the transformation of higher education institutions towards strengthen R&I and scientific excellence. The project is tackling the very relevant perspective of an open knowledge approach by making all of the solutions transparent through Repository (Database) and supporting tools, and building energy sector R&I expert capacity.

Parceiros Internos
Centro de Investigação Grupo de Investigação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
BRU-Iscte Grupo de Data Analytics Parceiro 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
ISTAR-IUL Information Systems Parceiro 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
DINAMIA'CET-Iscte Inovação e Trabalho Parceiro 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
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Equipa de Projeto
Nome Afiliação Papel no Projeto Data de Início Data de Fim
Paula Vicente Professora Associada (com Agregação) (DMQGE); Investigadora Integrada (BRU-Iscte); Coordenadora Local 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
Abdul Kadir Suleman Professor Catedrático (DM); Investigador Integrado (BRU-Iscte); Investigador 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
Elizabeth Reis Professora Catedrática (DMQGE); Investigadora Integrada (BRU-Iscte); Investigadora 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
Florinda Maria Carreira Neto Matos Professora Auxiliar (DMOG); Investigadora Integrada (DINAMIA'CET-Iscte); Investigadora 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
Pedro Ramos Professor Catedrático (DCTI); Investigador Integrado (ISTAR-IUL); Investigador 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
Financiamentos do Projeto
Código/Referência DOI do Financiamento Tipo de Financiamento Programa de Financiamento Valor Financiado (Global) Valor Financiado (Local) Data de Início Data de Fim
101136775 -- Prémio European Comission - HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ACCESS-03 4577108.94 507719.69 2024-02-01 2027-07-31
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Supporting European R&I Through stakeholder collaboration and institutional reform