Discovery R&D Center to lead CATAlySt project

Discovery R&D Center is happy to announce that our application in the latest round of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Education/Training has been successful. The project, with a total grant of over €220,000, will enable the creation of an innovation broker training curricula and pilot trainings in the CEE countries.

Following the experience and success of the YIBROVIC2 project, Discovery R&D Center alongside seven other partner organisations from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom applied for a 18-month Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 2 strategic partnership, and were awarded funding by the Hungarian National Agency.

In every industry, innovation is the driving force of development and progress, and agriculture is certainly no exception. However, innovation and innovative results do not always reach the end users who could benefit from them, there is a large gap between research institutes and the potential end users of research results. For this reason, agricultural innovation services appeared on the market with the aim of providing agricultural innovation advices and the EC’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research introduced the concept of innovation broker, whose role would be to act as intermediary between the demand and supply of agricultural research and extension services. Discovery R&D Center is committed to establish the innovation broker training curricula for the CEE countries.

Discovery R&D Center coordinates the EU project “Capacity building in agricultural innovation services in CEE countries” (CATAlySt). The project runs from 2016 to 2018 and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (Strategic Partnerships). CATAlySt focuses on the development of new specialization and mobility options for students in quantitative finance. An additional objective is to strengthen the cooperation between research institutes and companies from the agriculture industry.

The CATAlySt consortium consists of the following institutions:

1. Discovery R&D Center (Hungary, coordinator)
2. Felső-Homokhátság Local Action Group (Hungary)
3. Szent István University (Hungary)
4. Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
5. Mendel University in Brno (Czech Republic)
6. Agricultural university of Krakow (Poland)
7. Wageningen UR (Netherlands)
8. University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom)

Further information on the project is available here.