The final conclusions and recommendations of the EqUIP project will be an important tool in helping to shape the development of Horizon 2020 Future Work Programmes, in relation to the importance of embedding Social Science and Humanities in all Societal Challenges, and to pursuing international collaboration with India. EqUIP activities will be implemented via a work plan consisting of three work packages (WPs):
- WP 1 – Management, Administration and Communication.
- WP 2 – Scoping of Research Areas and Developing a Common Framework for EU-India Research Collaboration.
- WP 3 – Opportunities and Priorities for Future EU-India Research Collaboration.
Activities and outputs can be clustered and summarized as follows:
– Scoping and mapping, to provide an overview of a shared EU-India research agenda
It will map existing research collaborations between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities at programme, project and output level with the aim of identifying best practice, challenges and developing common approaches. In addition it will capture future interests of funders, including those that are new to collaborations with India or Europe. Result of this activity will be a Scoping Report on Existing Collaboration and Future Interests and Opportunities (also available in the form of Executive Summary of the Scoping Report).
– Developing best practices for EU-India research collaboration
Best practice will be identified and shared between organisations and institutions, including the identification of the key challenges and barriers to effective research cooperation and collaboration.
To do so, EqUIP partner organisations will meet in a Joint Learning Workshop where they will bring their experience on different bilateral and multilateral funding types and explore in particular issues related future possible scenarios for fruitful cooperation models between funding agencies and for EU-India multilateral funding. This experience will be summarized into a Best Practice Toolkit (PDF) for research agencies to aide in future collaborations.
Also, EqUIP partners will engage into an inter-agency Staff Exchange Visits, to facilitate deeper knowledge and understanding across partner organisations and their staff about their working methodologies.
Besides supporting individual agencies wishing to step up their international collaborative activities, EqUIP also wishes to provide the foundations for future pan-European collaborative activity with India: specific activities will be dedicated therefore to develop a Report on Opportunities and Challenges for Extending the Network.
– Creating opportunities and selecting priorities for future EU-India research collaboration
EqUIP will provide the basis for networking between funders and researchers. Moreover, it will identify and explore opportunities and priorities for joint initiatives between funders, with a view to joining forces and support new joint programming activity where appropriate.
Funders and researchers will be brought together through a cycle of six Symposia. Symposia will target European and Indian projects and researchers working on common areas, in order to establish larger collaborative networks and better shape common priorities. Symposia will focus on cutting-edge, crucial research areas:
- Inequalities, growth and place/space –19-20 October 2015, Delhi, India
- Digital archives and databases as a source of mutual knowledge – 5-6 May 2016, Rome, Italy
- Social transformation, cultural expressions, cross-cultural connections and dialogue – 28-29 June 2016, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon, India,
- Sustainable prosperity, well-being and innovation – 9-10 June 2016, Helsinki, Finland
- Power structures, conflict resolution and social justice – 13-14 October 2016, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon, India
- Final summary symposia – 25-26 October 2016, Bled, Slovenia
EqUIP will summarise the findings and recommendations emerging from the Symposia in a Summary Report on Opportunities and Priorities for Future Research Collaboration between the funding agencies. The report will also provide suggestions as how these priorities and opportunities might best be pursued. In addition, three Policy Briefs will be developed to orientate policy makers on areas in which work has been completed or may be undertaken in the future
The invitation and involvement of external stakeholders is planned at this stage, to consider whether they wish to develop new collaborative activities based on EqUIP’s achievements.