The SwafS project aimed at transforming the research & innovation support functions in 4EU+ has reached its first delivery – a protocol on baselining and analysis of best practices within the subject area of each WP.
WP1 has selected four fields of case studies to be subject to further analysis and assessment of best practices. The first is Research Services focusing on both pre- and post-award services. Digital Transition and Green Deal have been selected as two thematic cases. On top of that, interdisciplinarity will be a cross-thematic case.
WP2 has identified three main focal areas: 1) Attracting and retaining talents at all career stages 2) Performance and development reviews including postdocs as a specific category and 3) Equal opportunities. Next step is a detail mapping exercise and analysis of data in order to dig deeper into each of the topics.
WP3 has concluded that the general focus on Life science infrastructures will be complemented by looking into the needs of Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH). Next step is a deeper study of research infrastructures based on selected cases and research support functions, including communication, management and other activities linked to acquisition, funding and administrative support of technical infrastructure, facilities, research centres and other entities.
WP4 has identified four key topics: 1) Entrepreneurial training 2) Technology transfer 3) Integration within the business ecosystem and 4) Involvement of citizens as actors in innovation processes. 12 case studies will be investigated – among these the Science Innovation Hub (UCPH), the GAMMA program (CUNI), the Seed4Innovation program (UMIL), the Innovation Club (UW), Marsilius Kolleg (UH) and MOSAIC (SU).
WP5 has prepared the common ground for the baseline analysis and is working to establish a methodological framework for comparative analyses of member cases. Next step will be setting up a network of professionals who support their academic communities in Open Science-related activities? and to analyse the obstacles to a further opening of science. The key focal point in this regard will be the institutions’ strategic and operational transition towards Open Science.