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How do we organize ourselves?

WP1 - COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT

All the Partners work together, pursuing shared goals. 
The Lead Partner shall coordinate activities in order to achieve the expected results on time and using public funding in an appropriate fashion. Coordination is careful to recognize and resolve any problems that may be encountered and to seize unexpected opportunities. 

 
Objectives
Provide the T2C Network with the self-regulation tools necessary to periodically draw up strategies for improving the effectiveness of its actions and to use the public funding received appropriately.
 
Activities
Coordination of the network of 13 partners;
Local coordination of the management system (linking the management support unit to the project);;
Reporting on activities and financial accounting;
Management of critical situations.
Discoveries of operational improvements, expansion of activities and improving the results.
 
Expected Results
Financial reporting to First Level Control;
Reimbursment request to the Management Authority;
Statement of activities carried out (Monitoring reports).
 
Achievements 
 
 
 

How do we fund our project?

WP2 - PREPARATORY ACTIVITY

Most of the Partners were already cooperating, knew each other and were willing to engage in a shared project. Using meetings and telematic contacts, it was possible to incorporate new Partners and find a common line. The Lead Partner was responsible for the preparation and submission of the final proposal submitted to the Managing Authority.


Objectives
The preparation of a project proposal, conceived as a project suitable for the European programmes such as the 7th Framework Programme and the researcher mobility projects included within the Marie Curie Actions.
 
Activities
Exchange and sharing of preliminary information between all Partners;
Organization of meetings aimed at the mutual understanding and planning of the transnational cooperation project.
 
Expected Results
Drawing up of the text of the Expression of Interest;
Preparation of the project proposal.
 
Achievements
Submission of the Expression of Interest to the Management Authority (15th December 2008);
Presentation of the full project proposal to the Management Authority (10th September 2009).
Financing of the project (10th March 2011).
The project kickoff; (1st April 2011).
 

We want a young staff to form a stable international network!

WP3 - CROSS-BORDER RECRUITMENT OF STAFF IN TRAINING DURING THE PROJECT

The participants in the cross-border cooperation and integration between different scientific disciplines and various cultural, economic and social entities are the 14 researchers recruited by the project and each employed at a Partner. The recruitment took place simultaneously, according to a public tender that the Partners shared.
 

Objectives
The simultaneous recruitment of 14 researchers, each managed by a Partner (with the exception of the Lead Partner where 2 researchers work), in order to contribute to the cohesion, development and sustainability of the Partnership.
 
Activities
Drawing up and preparation of the simultaneous recruitment tenders by the 13 Partners;
Drafting a single joint tender, including in English, in accordance with the instructions contained in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers published by the European Commission of Human Resources;
The preparation of a common convening notice, published on the website of the various Partners and, simultaneously, through other means of communication (such as Il Sole 24 Ore and  Primorski dnevnik);
The selections and assumptions by the 13 Partners. 
  
Achievements
The taking on of 14 researchers, one for each Partner and two for the Lead Partner, working for the network and devoted to training and project activities.
 

Transformation: from isolated researchers to a multidisciplinary and international team

WP4 - TRAINING AND CROSS-BORDER MOBILITY OF THE RESEARCHERS

To empower young people to establish scientific cooperation with industry one must offer them both a technological training in various scientific fields as well as supplementary training in economics. The development of the ability to communicate scientific objectives and results with the outside world is important.
 

Objectives
To enable T2C researchers to acquire scientific-technological training from the Partners;
Provide the T2C researchers with additional training to enable them to interact effectively with the business world and the marketplace;
To promote mobility from one Partner to another.
 
Activities
Organization of training courses and complementary technology;
Management supervision run by the Team Managers or their delegates, and the integration of (administrative) paths with demonstrations and training at hospitals or businesses;
The activation of new scientific and technological cooperation within the network.
 
Expected Results
The sharing of skills through the Network;
The setting underway of cooperation and processes of integration and technology transfer in biomedicine;
The promotion of new preventive medicine services at the medical and research institutions involved in the Project;
The development of innovative solutions for the desired end user.
 
Achievements
The proceedings of the plenary meeting of the project members, which took place in Treviso (Italy) reports the mid-term results of the project. The volume (e-ISBN 978-88-8303-514-2, EUT-Edizioni Università di Trieste) is published in the section T2C books.
The individual reports can be found in section WP4.1 Technological training (pages 21-99).
The list of complementary training courses can be found in section WP4.2 Complementary training (pages 100-102).
 

Who we are and where we want to go

WP5 - MAPPING AND ROAD-MAPPING

Trans2Care will carry out a detailed study within the academic institutions, hospital and treatment facilities and industrial companies within the Programme Area on the respective results in science and technology in terms of both basic and applied research. The data collected will allow better planning of new research.
  

Objectives
A detailed analysis of ongoing research is being sought, together with the results obtained within the Programme Area’s research and health institutions to see whether the results are used by the public health system to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment services.
This study will indicate the strategic direction for biomedical research in the future.
 
Activities
Training and management of 5 Thematic Working Groups (T2C teams) in the course of the Project;
Active participation of the young researchers recruited by the Project in more than one working group in order to foster a multidisciplinary approach and the exchange of experience and knowledge;
The creation of a list of the main research activities in the universities, hospitals and research centers of the area involved;
The drawing up of the Strategic biomedical research agenda.
 
Expected Results
Up to date and complete document mapping;
Drafting of a Strategic agenda for biomedical research, focused on the following priorities:
a) the identification of the scientific expertise readily available to meet unresolved health and medical problems;
b) the acceleration of the conversion of these skills into products and services to be brought to the market;
c) the identification of the areas of biomedical research that virtuously place the multidisciplinary expertise of all the Partners in the project at the disposal of the system, with the ability to expand the Partnership to include other participants with different skills.
  
Achievements
Report on Workpackage 5, activity 1 (Mapping) "THE VALUE OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH WITHIN THE TRANS2CARE NETWORK, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CREATION OF TOOLS TO PROMOTE AN EFFECTIVE TRANSFER AND EXPLOITATION OF KNOWLEDGE"
 

How to transfer the knowledge and skills from the laboratories to the companies?

WP6 - TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

In order to achieve technology transfer actions, the network intends to organize Technology Audits, that is to say the audits in biomedical companies, laboratories and hospitals operating in the area involved, to understand their development needs. The researchers will be involved in these activities and create a database of innovative technological solutions.
  

Objectives
Acquisition of the data through the organization of technology audits in companies, laboratories and hospitals, in order to obtain an accurate picture of the individual institution and any plans for technological exploitation. The timing of the audits will be planned with Partner no. 5
Creation of a database with the information gathered in the audit. This information will help to further improve the Strategic agenda for biomedical research.
Carrying out a series of targeted meetings between researchers and industrial companies.
  
Activities
Implementation of at least 50 technological audits performed in biomedical companies, cross-border structures, research laboratories and hospitals;
Checking on the economic aspects related to the implementation of company work methods and training opportunities for staff;
Implementation of the “Cross Border Technological Marketplace” Portal with the database of innovative solutions;
Organization of at least 10 meetings with a limited number of people on specific topics, to discuss needs and deficiencies and to evaluate possible technological solutions provided by the Project Partners, or that have already been identified through mapping (WP5) and / or through technology audits.
 
Expected Results
Verification and structuring of data made available through the activities of the WP5 (mapping) technology audits;
Creation of an interface portal (the “Cross Border Technological Marketplace”) to the database with an area containing the documentation of the Project.
  
Achievements
… ... expected in spring 2014. 

The big challenge: a permanent project

WP7 - ENLARGEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION OF THE NETWORK

This phase of activity will include the setting up of new Partnerships in order to expand the Network to new members, actions of facilitation aimed at the integration into work of the researchers involved in T2C and the search for future funding to support the activities of the network after the conclusion of the Project.
 

Objectives
The inclusion into the Network of at least 10 new associated Partners;
The undertaking of at least 10 formal agreements for the research and development of biomedical products and services;
The start of at least 2 placements in two different companies for 2 Project researchers;
The start of at least 10 joint project proposals;
The foundation of an industrial spin-off located in the Programme Area;
The acquisition of financial support to maintain the future activities of the Network after the conclusion of the Project.
 
Activities
Organization of visits, seminars, conferences and participation in training courses, both managerial and scientific, at universities, research centres, hospitals, clinics, science parks, “incubators” and companies as well as business and professional associations and the associations of users of medical services (patients), high schools, etc.;
Identification of Partners to be involved (PP and new associated Partners in order to expand the Network);
Identifying other Partners from eligible countries for specific tasks, identified by the Network of cooperation that LP and PP have already implemented or will implement during the project;
The preparation of proposals for joint research;
The setting up of placements for researchers at companies, subject to evaluation and approval by the PP, LP, and the person responsible for the proposal;
Participation in European, national and regional competitions, in the field of Research and Technological Development;
The monitoring of tenders for the funding of research in biomedicine, technology transfer, the development of innovative products / services, training, etc..
 
Expected Results
Consolidation of the Network through stable cooperation between Partners, associate Partners and other bodies;
The drafting of confidential agreements and planned cooperation, appropriate management of intellectual property and the formalization of the contract of final cooperation supported by specialized managerial skills developed by the Network staff;
The identification of financial opportunities that could support future activities of the Network after the conclusion of the Project.
 
Achievements
… ... expected in spring 2014.
 
 

How to raise awareness of the activities and results to non-specialists?

WP8 - COMMUNICATION PLAN

The Project Trans2Care involves matters of great socio-economic and health importance and is aimed at having a positive effect on the quality of care for patients and the public in general, towards whom educational and communication actions will be directed.

Objectives
To promote mutual understanding not only within a specific working group, but at each Partner institution in its entirety (involving departments, laboratories, researchers and operational sections of a given hospital or clinic);
To raise the awareness of all the human resources present, putting them in a position to play an active part in the project and to interact with the Network;
To stimulate new ideas and cooperation, encouraging the development of proposals, projects and the possible enlargement and consolidation of the Network;
To constantly organize communication activities directed to end-users, specialists and investors;
To provide regularly updated information with regard to the activities and discoveries relating to the Project in a manner and format accessible to non-specialists.
 
Activities
The design and development of a Project logo and visual identity, in accordance with the guidelines of the Italy-Slovenia Programme;
The development of a website;
The constant updating of the project website with content in English, Italian and Slovenian;
The constant updating of the project website with content in English, Italian and Slovenian;
Participation in radio and television programmes that deal with topics related to the project (health, science, new technologies, wellness, research and work, etc.);
Publication of scientific papers related to project results in international journals with referees;
Creation of the “Cross Border Technological Marketplace” Portal (WP6);
Ongoing involvement in the activities of dissemination and communication of the young researchers recruited by the Network, properly trained (WP4) and under the supervision of the Head of Communications.
 
Expected Results
The drafting and approval of a final Communication Plan available to the public on the Project website within 3 months of the start of activities;
The development of a fully operational web site within 4 months from the start of the Project and its continual updating;
The organization of 2 international Workshops and 12 regional seminars;
The organization of events and the production of documents aimed at communicating the results of the project on time and to inform the public with regard to the results on the quality of care for patients;
Project visibility in the international media (television, print media, social networks, etc.).
 
Achievements 
Publication on the website of the Communication Plan;
The construction, implementation and publication on the website of texts, graphics and multimedia products using a dedicated team and aimed at facilitating communication and dissemination of the Project;
The implementation of a Twitter profile and Facebook page to share updates and information in English;
Citation of the project, its activities and the Trans2Care site in articles and interviews published in the press and on radio.

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