In addition to Aalborg University, six other universities from across Europe are taking part in the project. RUNIN (The Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development) is funded by the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) scheme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie research programme, which is part of Horizon 2020. The consortium applied three times and the successful third application scored 98.8 %. Only eight projects were awarded within social sciences in 2016, which means that less than seven percent of the applicants were successful.
Training of PhD students
A total of 14 PhD students will be trained in the project of which two will be employed at AAU. The PhD students will spend time on secondment at regional development companies in their respective regions. The AAU PhD students will collaborate with the North Denmark Region and DEA in Copenhagen.
Each candidate will also participate in two secondments at other universities or regional development companies in the network. The other university partners in the project are the University of Stavanger, Norway; University of Lincoln, United Kingdom; University of Twente, Netherlands; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Linköping University, Sweden and University of Aveiro, Portugal. The project is embedded within ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities).
The positions at AAU are announced with an application deadline December 6. All 14 PhD students and their supervisors will attend a workshop in Aalborg in June 2017.