KVOUCHER

Implementation of a Transeuropean Knowledge Voucher System

 Coordinatore NOORD-BRABANT PROVINCIE 

 Organization address address: BRABANTLAAN 1
city: 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH
postcode: 5216 TV

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Martijn
Cognome: Meuwissen
Email: send email
Telefono: + 31 (0)73 681 2139
Fax: + 31 (0)73 680 7647

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Netherlands [NL]
 Totale costo 897˙833 €
 EC contributo 809˙104 €
 Programma FP7-COH
Specific Programme "Capacities": Support to the coherent development of research policies
 Code Call FP7-COH-2007-2.2-OMC-NET
 Funding Scheme CSA-CA
 Anno di inizio 2009
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2009-06-01   -   2011-05-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NOORD-BRABANT PROVINCIE

 Organization address address: BRABANTLAAN 1
city: 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH
postcode: 5216 TV

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Martijn
Cognome: Meuwissen
Email: send email
Telefono: + 31 (0)73 681 2139
Fax: + 31 (0)73 680 7647

NL ('S-HERTOGENBOSCH) coordinator 123˙414.24
2    VENETO INNOVAZIONE SPA

 Organization address address: Via Torino 105
city: VENEZIA MESTRE
postcode: 30172

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Ivan
Cognome: Boesso
Email: send email
Telefono: 390415000000
Fax: 390415000000

IT (VENEZIA MESTRE) participant 117˙069.47
3    LANDESHAUPTSTADT MUENCHEN

 Organization address address: BURGSTRASSE 4
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80331

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Hans Peter
Cognome: Heidebach
Email: send email

DE (MUENCHEN) participant 115˙502.20
4    INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE LA COMPETITIVIDAD EMPRESARIAL

 Organization address address: CALLE CASTAN TOBENAS 77 CIUTAT ADMTVA 9 D OCTUBRE
city: VALENCIA
postcode: 46018

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Francisco
Cognome: Ferrando
Email: send email
Telefono: 34963986230
Fax: 34963986201

ES (VALENCIA) participant 113˙325.54
5    Vlaams Gewest

 Organization address address: KONING ALBERT II LAAN 20
city: BRUSSEL
postcode: 1000

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Hilde
Cognome: Vermeulen
Email: send email
Telefono: +32-2-553 57 90
Fax: +32-2-553 60 07

BE (BRUSSEL) participant 104˙614.50
6    NV BRABANTSE ONTWIKKELINGS MAATSCHAPPIJ

 Organization address address: GOIRLESEWEG 15
city: TILBURG
postcode: 5026 PB

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Erik
Cognome: Van De Scheur
Email: send email
Telefono: 0031 888311120
Fax: 0031 888311121

NL (TILBURG) participant 72˙182.20
7    WOJEWODZTWO WIELKOPOLSKIE

 Organization address address: al. Niepodleglosci 18
city: Poznan
postcode: 61-713

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Joanna
Cognome: Waligóra
Email: send email
Telefono: 0048-061-65-80-702
Fax: 0048-061-65-80-705

PL (Poznan) participant 68˙513.52
8    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

 Organization address address: YLIOPISTONKATU 4
city: HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
postcode: 14

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Tiia
Cognome: Saarinen
Email: send email
Telefono: -19123657
Fax: -19122659

FI (HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO) participant 66˙953.40
9 Nome Ente NON disponibile FI participant 27˙529.89

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'KVoucher aims at implementing a transregional Knowledge Voucher System that will facilitate contact making and initiating first projects between SMEs from one region and so called Knowledge Institutes (KIs) from other regions in different countries. A Knowledge Voucher is a coupon that entitles SMEs to receive a certain amount of consultancy or research from knowledge-intensive organisations, so-called Knowledge Institutions (KIs). A company in one region will through a KVoucher get the possibility to “buy competence” and carry out a joint activity with a provider – a KI,– in the other region. The project will reach its overall goal through the achievement of the following specific objectives: • Prepare a standardized methodology and toolkit for the description, analysis and benchmarking of existing voucher systems and apply it to the partner regions • Develop common specifications for a shared transregional voucher system as well as a mechanism to adapt it to any specific EU environments. KVoucher will become integrated with existing systems in partner regions, and will be the foundation for a new system in partner regions that do not have one. • Provide SMEs, Knowledge Institutions and stakeholders with proper tools in order to access, use and maintain a voucher system • Analyse the conditions under which a joint Kvoucher pilot could be carried and prepare an action plan for its implementation • Implement a real-life joint pilot in order to validate the transregional voucher system with some SMEs in each partner region getting a voucher to receive support from KIs located in the remaining partner regions • Design and apply a set of indicators in order to evaluate the performance of the transregional voucher system • Execute the proper dissemination actions in order to create awareness in the partner regions and expand the voucher system beyond the consortium boundaries through the creation of a network of Observers'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Small businesses can access quality international research and the consulting support they require from a larger network of knowledge institutions (KIs), thanks to a new voucher system that spans several countries.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

In recent years, knowledge-intensive organisations, or KIs, have come to represent a very useful mechanism in the EU for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Many European governments and business communities have relied on a system of knowledge vouchers for SMEs to seek the help of KIs in a variety of fields, promoting innovation and competitiveness.

With this in mind, the EU-funded project 'Implementation of a Transeuropean knowledge voucher system' (KVOUCHER) sought to create a pan-European coupon-based solution to help SMEs benefit from consulting or research from KIs. It worked on creating a cross-border voucher system so that a company in one region can 'buy competence' from a KI in another region.

To achieve its aims, the project team identified the success factors related to such schemes and created an experimental network involving seven regions across Europe. It built on existing voucher systems and outlined guidelines for improving current systems and implementing new ones. Work involved developing common specifications for a shared voucher system and a mechanism to adapt it to specific EU environments, analysing where the pilot system could be carried out and outlining measures to evaluate it.

A project achievement that enabled the pilot scheme to operate successfully was a database of knowledge providers in partner regions to create a compatible set of offerings. Another achievement was the network of brokers, considered to be ideal intermediaries between SMEs and foreign KI providers.

Importantly, the project team disseminated the experiences and results of KVOUCHER among key players in the partner regions and beyond, empowering SMEs to seek support. Progress in this direction has also helped strengthen the voucher concept in Europe and ensure its sustainability, representing a noteworthy example of pan-European collaboration. As the voucher idea flourishes, such a dynamic transnational approach is bound to bring innovativeness, competitiveness, and excellence to businesses and industries across Europe.

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