Centre for Social Innovation
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH (Centre for Social Innovation) is a non-profit company with limited liability and an independent scientific research institution which deploys socio-scientific research, education, advisory and networking services.
Most importantly in the context of RI-LINKS2UA, ZSI is currently coordinating the following projects targeting and/or involving Ukraine: Black Sea Horizon (2015-2018), ENER2I (2013-2016) and Danube-INCO.NET (2014-2016). It is furthermore administrative coordinator of IncoNet EaP (2013-2016).
Preceding the RI-LINKS2UA project was BILAT-UKR*INA (2012-2015), which was also successfully coordinated by ZSI.
As a policy developer and international STI cooperation specialist, ZSI brings into the project already established links with relevant regional policy dialogue fora and national authorities in the targeted geographic regions. In addition to this, ZSI disposes valuable expertise in high-standard analytical work, and in drafting and promoting the adoption of policy documents. ZSI is a well established actor in the EU-Ukraine cooperation who has gained trust from the Ukrainian stakeholders, the EU Member States as well as the EC and who contributes its experiences in the coordination and management of projects as well as the personal and institutional contacts established.
ZSI is involved in all WPs and is the leader of WP1 and WP6 (Management and Coordination – T6.1, T6.2 and T63 Leader). According to its expertise, ZSI will be involved in the activities targeting policy support (T1.1, T1.2 leader and contributor to T1.3. and T.4), innovation support (contribution to activities in WP4), governance of the Ukrainian participation in H2020 and promotion of H2020 (T5.2 Leader) and dissemination (contribution to WP2, WP3, and WP5).