GIENAHS - Grasping Innovation in Europe through a closer iNterAction between HEIs and SMEs
Research Project, 2018 – 2020

GIENAHS intends to take up the challenge of contributing to the growth of innovation culture in European SMEs by developing a modern and common European standard for interaction HEIs and SMEs; by fostering a stronger collaboration between HEIs and SMEs through a new methodological approach, where HEIs with SMEs will design industrial PhD paths. It will specifically focus on the key aspects that support innovation in SMEs, will concretely align researchers’ training in higher education based on SMEs’ specific needs and requirements. The new approach will be tested through the joint design of a first industrial PhD path for SMEs (will guarantee the related procedure for Pan-European recognition), along with a proposal of harmonization of Industrial PhD disciplines in Europe, to concretely promote the mobility of researchers.

HEIs and SMEs involved in GIENAHS Alliance will look for funds to ensure the future implementation, after the lifetime of the project, of the first pilot Industrial PhD path for SMEs. A new GIENAHS Observatory among HEIs, SMEs and Industrial Associations will be created and tasked to build a strong European network for supporting the matching between SMEs and European young researchers, promoting a culture of industrial research career in SMEs really attractive and inspiring.


Angela Hillemyr (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2)


Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Iasi, Romania

Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi

Iasi, Romainia


Baria, Italy

NOESIS Technologies P.C.

Platani Rion, Greece

PRO-TEC Car Security Systems

Janówek Pierwszy, Poland

University of Ioannina

Ioannina, Greece

Universus CSEI

Baria, Italy

Warsaw University of Technology

Warszawa, Poland


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: 588071-EPP1-2017-1IT-EPPKA2-KA
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2020


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