Excellence-in-ReSTI Excellence in research, social and technological innovation project management

Project summary:

In the digital era, creation of social and technological innovation is of paramount importance. The Danube Region does not lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to ideas and initiatives within the Research, Social and Technological Innovation (ReSTI) field. Still, specific managerial skills necessary for development of ReSTI projects and their implementation are on inadequate level and need to be improved in future.

The aim of this project is to remove gaps in knowledge and skills in managing social and technological innovation projects. The general goal is to create an environment in which interested stakeholders can find easy-to-use checklists, learning modules and advice with a specifically tailored content regarding the management of ReSTI projects. The final output of the project is to establish an innovative learning system aimed at increasing employability and quality of ReSTI projects.

In order to achieve the main goals of the project, 12 partners from 9 countries created a consortium, led by ZSI from Austria. Project activities are organized in such a way that expertise, experience and contacts of the partners in the ReSTI field play the key role. Each activity set is focused on different strategic aspect and led by the most experienced partner in the field. Project activities encompass building-up networks, identifying gaps and opportunities, developing policy recommendations, creating national and regional roadmaps and strategy, developing guidelines, curricula and learning systems, all aimed at supporting ReSTI projects in the Danube Region.

The main project activity sets are the following:

  • Development and implementation of learning modules
  • Establishment and implementation of the helpdesk
  • Creation of the regional roadmaps and strategy
  • Increasing employability of young graduates as ReSTI project managers

The main outcome is to develop sustainable learning system, i.e. on-line learning modules devoted to spreading excellence in ReSTI management, leadership and administration. Learning modules will provide students with materials and tools in a logical, sequential order necessary for developing certain knowledge and skills (text, files, web links, discussion topics, tests and quizzes, as well as final assessments).

The project is primarily oriented towards young ReSTI project managers, as well as administrators in public and private organizations engaged in ReSTI projects, within the Danube Region. Additionally, available know-how within partner institutions regarding ReSTI project management is to be shared with the civil society and small businesses, as well as young graduates as first-time applicants to transnational and multicultural projects.

Development of learning modules, roadmaps and strategy, as well as the helpdesk is to benefit the wider community within the Danube region. Hence, project stakeholders include education and training centres, as well as higher education institutions who will benefit from the learning modules. Public authorities, other decision makers and NGOs can find great importance in development of regional roadmaps and strategy in order to successfully direct public policy decisions in this area. Sustainability of the project is guaranteed since the developed learning modules are to be built into existing curricula after the project ends in July 2019.


Excellence in research, social and technological innovation project management
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1910711,19
ERDF Contribution: 1423633,69
IPA Contribution: 200470,8
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation


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Keynote 1 Popović 06-03-2018 11:38:30
Keynote 2 Nedović 06-03-2018 11:42:04
Keynote 3 Kutlaca 06-03-2018 11:49:31
Regina modules & Learning approach 06-03-2018 11:53:09
Call for participants 06-03-2018 12:01:16
Infodesk launch 06-03-2018 12:05:24
Entrepreneurial Learning Systems 06-03-2018 12:08:25
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Centre for Social Innovation Lead partner szudi@zsi.at Austria
University of Applied Sciences Burgenland ERDF partner irena.zavrl@fh-burgenland.at Austria
Applied Research and Communications Fund ERDF partner zoya.damianova@online.bg Bulgaria
Social Innovation Lab ERDF partner karzenandkarzen@gmail.com Croatia
University of Ljubljana ERDF partner irena.brinar@fdv.uni-lj.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • Excellence-in-ReSTI - Boost your career with the ReSTI Pilot Training!
    - 19-03-2018
    Boost your career with the ReSTI Pilot Training!

    This promising invitation attracted dozens of students and interested alumni attending the Career Dating Event at FHB in Eisenstadt on March, 16. Each year, renowned businesses exhibit their international career opportunities and present...

    - 16-03-2018

    The online launch of the Infodesk happened on March 14, 10 a.m. Fifty registered participants were able to follow it directly, but we saved the video for you. To watch the video click here. This online tool has been established in order to...

    - 06-03-2018

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  • Excellence-in-ReSTI - Conference in Belgrade
    - 04-03-2018
    Conference in Belgrade

    On Thursday, March 1st 2018, the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University hosted a conference entitled "Bridging the gaps in Research Social and Technological Project Management in the Danube Region", which had as participants more than 70...

  • Excellence-in-ReSTI - ReSTI Infodesk online launch event: March 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM (Brussels time)
    - 02-03-2018
    ReSTI Infodesk online launch event: March 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM (Brussels time)

    Welcome to the ReSTI Infodesk!   The ReSTI Infodesk will provide you with support and information on how to manage social and technological innovation projects. ReSTI Infodesk has been established in order to provide a first contact...

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