Development and Implementation of a Program Advancing Research Education and Exploitation for the Support of National Innovation Systems


Acronym: PARENIS

Official reference: 510997-TEMPUS-1-2010-1 -DE-TEMPUS-JPHES

Funding Body: European Comission – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Tempus Programme

Type of Funding: Public 

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Main Researcher: Fabrizio Salvador 

Other Researchers: Mustafa Çagri Gürbüz

Term: 15/10/2010 – 14/10/2013

Project Description 

Universities are important pillars in the country’s education and innovation system. PARENIS aims to reinforce the universities’ capability of exploiting their research, while opening their results to industry in order to promote innovation. The exploitation of research is dealt with from two perspectives: how can universities improve the quality and quantity of their research publications to benefit industry? And how can a better knowledge transfer in the domains of research and innovation take place between university and industry?

PARENIS develops a two phased program over three years. The first phase implements five research methodology courses for Master and PhD programs. These courses are focused on enhancing master and PhD students’ capabilities of doing and writing good research. Lecturers from PC universities are involved in the training process to be able to continue to teach the new courses beyond the project lifetime. The subsequent mobility phase enables students to integrate European research teams to learn more about how to put the methodologies into practice.

In the second phase, PARENIS creates mechanisms and procedures to intensify research collaborations between academia and industry. It initiates innovation labs to create a space in which universities and enterprises identify opportunities for joint research and define agendas for collaborative work. Beside the innovation labs, the project launches offices for research exploitation and marketing to ensure a permanent university-enterprise linkage. The EU institutions train the partner universities staff who will be in charge of operating the offices.

An online virtual platform is implemented to guarantee a long-term impact of the project. It creates a virtual space that boosts collaboration among PC universities, EU universities, and local industry. Among other functionalities, the platform contains the video lectures of the research methodology courses.

Participating Organizations


  • Hamburg University of Technology

Other participants:

  • Zaragoza Logistics Center
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Durham University
  • Polytechnique de Nantes
  • Agence Nationale de Promotion de la Recherche et de l’Innovation
  • Université El Manar; Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis
  • Université de Tunis; Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
  • Université de Sousse; Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sousse
  • Université de Sfax; Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax
  • Ecole Mohammedia d’Ingénieurs
  • Ecole Nationale des Sciences Appliquées



This project is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the TEMPUS Programme