UNITE4Horizon Europe Kickoff meeting


Novatex is coordinating the UNITE4Horizon Erasmus+ project. The kickoff meeting took place via zoom in November 2020 due to Covid19 restictions


Even though there has been a closer and more increased collaboration within the Horizon 2020 programme, the involvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in innovation partnerships has been reported considerably low. This has resulted in a lower intensity of cross-sectoral cooperation among knowledge providers and smaller businesses. The European Commission wants to raise the quality and widen the participation in its follow-up Horizon Europe programme period, from 2021 to 2027. Observing this gap inspired an international consortium of partners within Europe to undertake a new Erasmus+ project “Unite for Horizon Europe” (UNITE4H). To increase the success rate of strategic cooperation initiatives between HEIs and SMEs, the availability of supportive engagement training programmes is crucial.

Throughout the life of the project, we will help build strategic engagement capacity between European academics and researchers and SME representatives to increase the proportion of successful collaborative participation in Horizon Europe initiatives. Over the next two years, our consortium will carry out the following activities:

  • Identifying the engagement needs and challenges experienced and collaborative opportunities envisioned by the HEI academics and researchers and SME representatives across Europe;
  • Developing the Horizon Europe Engagement Training Programme to increase awareness, skills and knowledge capacity among HEI academics and researchers and SME representatives;
  • Pilot-Testing Horizon Europe Engagement workshops among HEI academics and researchers and SME representatives.

All the resources that we will produce will be made available for free on this website.

 “We aim to help build collaboration capacity for Horizon Europe”

The Unite for Horizon Europe Project is a partnership of universities, businesses and intermediaries from Cyprus, France, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Ireland. Head over to our Consortium page to find out more about the partners.

Do you want to stay updated on the project? You can already follow our LinkedIn and Twitter account on which we will post updates and relevant news. Do you want to know more about the project or share it with someone else? You can download our brochure and flyer on this page!

UNITE4Horizon europe project kick off