EU Funded Programmes
IT Carlow has been the beneficiary of a number of EU funded projects and plays a major part in pursuing and supporting EU and Cross Border Development Initiatives. It has partnered with organisations and facilities globally, opening up development opportunities and funding new research.
CATALYST is a pilot scheme to drive innovation within Welsh and Irish businesses in the life science and food and drink sectors. Backed with €1.3m of EU funding, the Catalyst project will bring together partners on both sides of the Irish Sea to develop new products and processes within their fields. The scheme will work with 60 businesses to develop new specialist products, access new markets, and ensure packaging of products are sustainably sourced and minimised.
The aim is to encourage business growth and create new employment opportunities. Supported through the EU’s Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme, the project partners are the Institute of Technology Carlow, Tipperary County Council and Carlow County Council in Ireland and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and WRAP Cymru in Wales. The scheme will address a range of challenges that can prevent businesses from developing their products and processes in areas such as designing medical devices and food for health and wellbeing.
The participating enterprises will have access to workshops where businesses from both sectors will jointly explore sustainable development opportunities. Participating businesses will then embark on an innovation residency programme to work alongside specialist academic staff and expert partners to create new, sustainable and innovative products and processes.
Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub
The Arts and Humanities Enterprise Hub (AHEH) is an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance funded project. The three-year project commenced in January 2018.
AHEH is a major new European 3-year project that brings together an alliance of 14 partners from 7 European countries. Partners from academia and industry will work together to jointly research, design, test and disseminate a programme of entrepreneurial training for Arts and Humanities staff and students.
European Arts and Humanities students face challenges with accessing graduate level employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. These courses typically do not have a direct route to the job market, reflected in higher unemployment and lower salaries. There can be a lack of knowledge from academics about aligning subject expertise with wider industry need as well as a lack of recognition by businesses of the wider benefits and skill sets of Arts and Humanities graduates.
Dedicated support in HEIs for entrepreneurial activity has been mainly focused on business, economics and ICT faculties. A&H Students come from a very different starting point, with education and skills that do not meet industry need in an obvious way. Therefore, a fresh approach is needed to develop a tailored A&H entrepreneurship model that improves the long-term entrepreneurial prospects for A&H students.
The AHEH alliance will:
- Bring together 14 partners from across 7 EU member states to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of A&H students.
- Jointly research, design, test and disseminate an innovative programme of entrepreneurial training for A&H staff/ students aligned with the EntreComp Competence Framework. This builds upon partners’ prior experience of EU-funded enterprise projects.
- Have HEIs, businesses and stakeholders working together to champion the value of A&H students to a wider audience and ensure that industry need is reflected in the training programmes.
- Create 7 new A&H Entrepreneurship Hubs situated in partner faculties. These will be the specialist conduits for permanently improving the entrepreneurial skill-sets of A&H staff and students as well as a template for wider exploitation.
- Create a website that will complement the 7 Hubs as an ongoing resource-base for disseminating/exploiting outputs. These include:
- 3 training programmes: HEI, A&H Students, Businesses
- 3 manuals: Trainers, Users, AHEH Management
- 2 contextual reports: Academic & Business
The partnership will offer further opportunities to develop student exchange programmes and to explore shared research interests and opportunities for international collaboration.
The project AHEH is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
Further information on the Arts & Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub
BUCANIER (Building Clusters and Networks in Innovation, Enterprise and Research) project is a new €2.9 million EU-funded scheme to support small businesses in Ireland and Wales.
BUCANIER is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Ireland-Wales cooperation programme, which is helping to strengthen economic links and collaboration between the two countries.
IT Carlow are joining forces with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Wexford County Council, Swansea University and Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire County Councils in Wales to help boost trade and provide specialist support to help small businesses design and develop new products and services.
The project will work in key growth sectors of the Welsh and Irish economies, including food and drink, life sciences and renewable energy and approximately 120 Welsh and Irish businesses are expected to benefit from the BUCANIER project over the next three years.
IT Carlow and its partners will also offer innovation master-classes, business mentoring and create new networks between Wales and Ireland, aimed at helping businesses in the same sectors share knowledge, increase cross-border trade and create new jobs.
Further information on the Bucanier project.
European Union Ambient Assisted Living Programme (AAL)
The core of the AAL Joint Programme is to provide innovative and financially sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based solutions for elderly persons, which means innovative products, systems or services, addressing identified wishes and the needs of the end-users. The programme aims to address social isolation and reduce loneliness by bridging distances, facilitating interaction and communication, thus enabling people to live in their preferred environment as long as possible.
It addresses social interaction with a focus on the cognitive, psycho-social and cultural aspects and aims to create better conditions for older adults and strengthen industrial opportunities in Europe through the use of ICT. For further information clickhere>>
IT Carlow was awarded funding from the EU-Canada Programme for the ‘Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment’ (EBBE) project. The overall goal of the project is the creation of a transatlantic program of study which will significantly improve energy efficiency skills, knowledge, attitudes and best practice in the built environment.
The aim of the EU-Canada Programme is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the European Union and Canada including a broader knowledge of their language, culture and institutions and to improve the quality of human resources by facilitating the acquisition of skills required to meet the challenges of the global knowledge-based economy. For further information clickhere>>
Part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, Grundtvig focuses on education for adults, whether through formal, non-formal or in informal methods such as autonomous learning, community learning or experiential learning.Grundtvig activities are open to any group or institution involved in adult education, from community groups to museums to universities, within the Lifelong Learning Programme countries.
Grundtvig seeks to improve the quality and European dimension of adult education in the broadest sense, and to make lifelong learning opportunities more widely available to Europe’s citizens. For further information clickhere>>
Initiating Pathways for Innovators, Researchers and Entrepreneurs (INSPIRE) is a new project in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council, Wales and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013, INTERREG 4A, which is designed to encourage partnerships across borders and in doing so stimulate regional development.
The aim of the project is to create an environment to nurture and develop Idea Generation amongst innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and SMEs and to instil the skill sets to bring these ideas to commercialisation and establish viable and sustainable knowledge based enterprises in the South East. In light of the current economic difficulties, this project will inject a much needed boost into the local economy through the establishment of new enterprises, jobs and assisting existing SMEs with developing new products and services.
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Coracle was an inclusive programme of cross-border activities improving competitiveness in a commercial landscape and employability for creative practitioners in South East Ireland and South West Wales. Development of these higher-level skills for the creative and cultural sector is through delivery of short vocational courses, workshops and organisation of exchanges of knowledge and best practice. Some of the substantial project elements are in the areas of youth theatre, visual arts exchanges, literary initiatives and festival development.
The Coracle project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).