MENVIPRO is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education project supporting countries of South Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia) in developing modern research-based graduate curricula in Geochemistry.
There are several unique activities planned by the project:
- Despite the fact that there is a nuclear power plant in the region (Armenia), the local Universities do not offer educational opportunities in the field of
Radiation safety. All specialists have to be educated abroad. The project will develop a first graduate curriculum in this area.
- The project will establish the unique inter-University Regional Education and Research Lab for Environment Protection (ERLEP) allowing collective access to
modern experimental infrastructure. This will enable MSc and PhD students to carry out world-class graduation research projects.
- The project will facilitate the fostering of such research-intensive forms of education for graduate students as summer schools with field studies opportunities,
joint graduate projects, thematic webinars, etc.
GIRAF is a MENVIPRO consortium member responsible for Quality Control tasks in the project, as well as research and innovation management capacity building.
COMPETEN-SEA is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education project (https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/key-action-2-cooperation-for-innovation-and-exchange-good-practices/erasmus-plus-key-action-2-capacity-building-in-field-youth_en)
addressing the topic of enabling Universities in Southest Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines) to develop, market and deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The overall project aim is to make a significant contribution towards strengthening relations between higher education systems in Southeast Asia and wider economic and social environment by building organizational, pedagogical and technical capacities in local Universities to design, develop, market and deliver MOOCs for various economic and social problems. The project will implement the following activities:
- Regional MOOC SWOT analysis and feasibility study to identify best strategies for educational outreach using MOOCs
- Intensive MOOC Capacity Building programme aimed at building local capacities to develop MOOCs addressing local educational needs and deliver them to target users
- Development and evaluation of the system of MOOCs addressing urgent socio-economic development needs
- Dissemination and awareness raising campaign addressing academic communities in the region, as well as other key stakeholders: policy makers, potential users of MOOCs (e.g. public bodies, NGOs, businesses, etc.), general public. Importantly, the project will undertake efforts to integrate the regional MOOC specialists with the European MOOC movement.
GIRAF is a COMPETEN-SEA consortium member responsible for Quality Control tasks in the project, as well as for supporting the coordinator in managing and communicating with the consortium.
5TOI_4EWAS project will focus on Targeted Open Innovation in energy, water and agriculture societal challenges through a balanced innovation-friendly ecosystem
in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood (SMN) based on quintuple helix and NEXUS approach. The project will enhance and support regional smart specialization
and development by increasing research capacity, effective mobility of young innovators/researchers and shared knowledge to improve their participation in the EU
research area. It will contribute to the establishment of favorable and stable conditions for international cooperation and the set-up of a Common Knowledge and
Innovation Space of specialization in the SMN for a real socio-economic impact, based on co-ownership and mutual benefits. GIRAF will build on its expertise, partner
network and capacities established through MAP2ERA and CINEA in the MEDA partner countries. Particularly, GIRAF will contribute to building the ecosystem bringing in
the expertise in the field of agri-food, facilitate capacity building and support innovation by maintaining the Helpdesk services.
LIGHT-TPS (2014-2017, http://www.light-tps.eu/):
This project results from the the last FP7 SPACE call, objective International cooperation with Ukraine in the field of New super-light materials for space applications. The GIRAF's experts provided key integrating contribution to the proposal writing and
will support the project coordinator (Tecnalia, Spain) in management and dissemination activities. LIGHT-TPS will develop a new super-light Thermal Protection System (TPS) for various space applications, above all for
Reusable Space Systems (RSS), capable of operating within the entire range of working temperatures. The project aims at radical properties improvements of the TPS to be used in existing and under-development RSS.
The main challenge of the project is to develop a super-light, corrosion and oxidation resistant TPS by combining the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials in a single system. The developed TPS will be significantly lighter than any existing TPS (under 10 kg/m2) thus reducing the cost of delivering a
payload to orbit and volume of emission, guarantee reliable thermal protection in the entire range of working temperatures, possess improved mechanical and durability properties. The project consortium integrates best European research teams (Tecnalia, German Aerospace Agency DLR, Italian CNR Institute of Ceramics) and 4 absolutely central research institutes of Ukraine.
With an excellent 14.5 out of 15 possible points in the ESR, CINEA is now in contract negotiations. Coordinated by
GIRAF PM Services, the project brings together leading research organisations, industry associations and innovation players
from the EU and the MED region to bridge the existing gap between research and innovation in the area of food and agriculture research.
The ultimate goal is to facilitate the transfer of scientific knowledge to industries and public services and bi-regional cooperation
between all stakeholders along the knowledge value chain in the agro-food domain, thus contributing to meeting European and
national/regional sustainable development goals. The project builds on the fundamental of previous RTD cooperation capacity building initiatives
(e.g. INCO ERA-WIDE projects MAP2ERA, FAWIRA etc.) and involves leading Mediterranean research entities (INRAA, CBS, USF, USMBA),
industry associations/ innovation support agencies (API, CGEM, ANVREDET). On the European side the consortium includes exemplarily innovative
research organisations (CNRS) and technology providers (CENTA), and relevant expert organizations and facilitators
in the field of innovation and technology transfer (UAGF, GIRAF).
EcoArm2ERA is an FP7 Supporting Action aimed at strengthening the cooperation capacities
of the Armenian leading research institute in the area of environment protection and
monitoring: Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences
of the Republic of Armenia (CENS). The project will reinforce strategic ties between
CENS and (i) the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University
College Dublin (UCD), and (ii) the Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of
Geneva (UNIGE). Moreover, it will build the competences that are needed by the Armenian
researchers and staff members to participate in the FP7 and upcoming FP8. Last but not
least, the project will define and implement a sustainable development strategy for CENS
focusing on the overall improvement of the institution's capacities, visibility, and
competitiveness. GIRAF leads the cooperation capacity building training activities in the project and assists to the coordinator in management and dissemination issues.
MAP2ERA (2010-2013):The central goal of MAP2ERA is to reinforce the international
research cooperation between Morocco�s leading institute in medicinal & aromatic
plants research � the National Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
NIMAP - and the European research area. The project�s activities will focus
on (i) widening and reinforcing direct links between leading research teams
of NIMAP and best relevant European research organisations through a series
of partnering and networking events, (ii) building the required cooperation
capacity in NIMAP by providing comprehensive training to members of the
Moroccan research institute, and (iii) guaranteeing the sustainability and
long-lasting positive effect of the project by developing a corresponding
Organisational Development Strategy for NIMAP. In addition to training and
project management expert GIRAF PM Services GmbH, the consortium includes
prominent members like the French CNRS Institut de Chimie des Substances
Naturelles and the University of Alican. For more details and current
status of the project please visit the project website http://www.usmba.ac.ma/map2era/
The project focuses on overcoming current technical difficulties related to
the exchange of earth observation (EO) data. In particular, the project will
(i) structure and make publicly available internal data formats used in the
Resurs satellite system, (ii) develop mathematical methods for data conversion
and several software toolboxes enabling independent EO service providers and
GIS developers to access and use both European and Russian EO datasets from a
single application, and (iii) develop a web interface for the collections of
the Resurs satellite data, thus enabling access to and efficient search for
EO images. The consortium includes the developers of the only Russian civil
EO satellite system Resurs-DK and reprentatives of the European EO research
community and service industry. GIRAF PM Services GmbH has obtained the service
contract for technical tasks linked to the representation of the Resurs data
format in the Internet, including the collection of required information,
translation, hypertext development, and design and development of the project
website. For more details and current status of the project please visit the project
The project's aim is to develop tools for the problem-oriented processing of
observational data collected and stored by former ionospheric satellite missions
� their data mining with the aim to create the database of ionosphere waves
catalogues. The particular goals of
POPDAT Project are: (i) collection of datasets from different sources which
concern the wave-like phenomena in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere to form
input data field for further processing; (ii) design of the flexible
software tools for the search of wavelike and/or any other anomalous behaviors
detected in the satellite datasets; (iii) creation of thematic catalogues of
ionosphere perturbations, which have known, supposed or unknown origin; (iv)
implementation of a Ionosphere Wave Service accessible to scientific communities
and public users; (v) creation of Ionosphere Virtual Dynamic Observatory to assist
educational activities; (vi) dissemination and promotion of the Ionosphere Wave
Service at topical conferences and in scientific and public press. GIRAF PM Services and its experts
will support the project implementation by providing
management services in RTD and dissemination activities, as well as by enabling
communication with third-country researchers.
The project�s central goal is to initiate and
significantly increase scientific cooperation between the European
Research Area (ERA) and Georgia�s leading research centres in ICT:
The Muskhelishvili Institute of Computational Mathematics and the
Institute of Cybernetics. Activities include (i) conducting a series
of networking events between members of the Georgian research
institutes and key partners of the ERA, (ii) providing comprehensive
training to the members of the Georgian research institutes to
develop/enhance their skills and competences with regard to acquiring
and participating in European research projects, and (iii) to develop a
sustainable strategy for increasing the research centre�s regional coverage
and to improve their response to socio-economic conditions. The prominent
consortium includes elite partners such as DFKI (the German Research Centre
for Artificial Intelligence), ERCIM (the European Research Consortium for
Informatics and Mathematics), and ICARTI (the International Centre for Advancement
of Research and Technology & Innovation of Georgia). GIRAF PM Services
GmbH is responsible for all training activities and provides guidance to
the Georgian co-ordinator in running the project. For more details and current
status of the project please visit the project website http://www.georecap.eu/