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Danube Transnational Programme: Clusters, NGOs, public bodies, etc. with expertise in the fields of innovation/education are sought for project partners to contribute to the project activities (mapping, developing innovative tools, etc.).

Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Reference Number: RDBG20190214001
Publication Date: 15 February 2019


A Bulgarian research organization working in the field of innovations is developing a proposal for the Danube Programme. Its aim is to provide a set of social and innovative services for a higher level of responsiveness of businesses to Industry 4.0 requirements. Organizations dealing with social entrepreneurship, innovative services in the Industry 4.0 skills gap context and clusters in the fields of mechatronics, robotics, automation, IoT, etc. are sought to contribute to project activities.


Industry 4.0 has become a symbol of digital disruption entirely changing traditional business models. In a turbulent environment like that, the leading role of human resources is not shifted over to artificial intelligence. On the contrary, human capital acquires higher importance as a source of intangible value for companies on the basis of a new set of competencies – from technical know-how and ability to cooperate/interact with machines, to interdisciplinary thinking, problem solving, data processing and analysis, and many more. 
From this perspective the existing and required competencies landscape within the involved regions will be investigated and a set of innovative tools for interaction, knowledge exchange and new skills gathering will be developed in order to support businesses in their adaptation to Industry 4.0 requirements. Clusters working in the fields of mechatronics, robotics, automation, IoT, advanced technologies, organizations acting in the area of social entrepreneurship, innovative social services in the context of Industry 4.0 skills gap and others providing services and education to innovative businesses in the Danube region will be included in the consortium.
The proposal will be submitted under the Third call of the Danube Transnational Programme, Specific objective 1.2 Strengthening the capacity of the so-called support organizations (e.g. employment agencies, trade unions, labour market organizations) to provide innovative entrepreneurial training and education of individuals in the framework of the knowledge-based economy; Developing innovative social services able to better meet social needs and to provide services in general interest
The official deadline for the call is 8 March, 14:00 h.
The deadline for EoI is 25th February
The project duration is up to 30 months.
The potential partners have to come from the countries participating in the programme: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine (Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankiviska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odessa Oblast) and Moldova. They have to possess expertise and know-how in the field of innovation support services for businesses, as well as in the field of education and training, ICT, human resource management, etc. The preferred partners are clusters, NGOs, public bodies and others with expertise relevant to the realization of the project activities: mapping of existing/required competencies landscape within the countries/regions involved; development and adoption of a set of innovative tools for interaction, knowledge exchange and new skills gathering; building of a virtual platform for matching training needs with providers of social services; organization and holding of a series of workshops and seminars for exchanging ideas, supporting the platform creation and validation of the content uploaded on it.

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Requested partner

The potential partner preferably comes from the non-profit sector – NGO, cluster, public body, etc., and has experience and expertise in the field of innovation support for businesses and services for education and training. Its role would be to participate in the project activities (mapping, developing of innovative tools, etc.) in accordance with its expertise and the structure of the project activities/work packages.

Dissemination Countries

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine

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