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A global network of researchers and industry practitioners across Europe and Australia for promoting the translation of research between university-industry through cooperation and Open Innovation.

Research & Innovation Exchanges for:


A new financial industry that applies technology to improve or innovate financial services

Industry 4.0

Digitalisation of fully integrated, automated, optimised manufacturing flows


A range of low carbon technologies aimed at providing solutions to environmental problems


Application of advanced tech to production, packaging & distribution of food

About the Project

OpenInnoTrain is a new €2.5M research project focused on open innovation and research translation between academia and industry with a 22-member research consortium with partners from several countries. The project aims at enabling the untapped potential of European university researchers in getting their research outcomes to the market within the University‐Industry Cooperation (UIC) framework. This Open Innovation approach for research translation is the prerequisite for societal impact through value creation by embedding research‐generated knowledge into practices, transforming knowledge made available in academic publications to new or improved products and services and behavioural changes. 

Researchers in Europe and Australia will have the opportunity to spend from one month up to a year in Australia and in several European countries including Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, UK and Spain.

OpenInnoTrain works in the sectors of FinTech, Industry 4.0, CleanTech and FoodTech and it is funded by the European Commission’s prestigious Horizon 2020 research and innovation scheme and it was recently launched in the European hub of RMIT University in Barcelona. This is the first project that connects European and Australian research at this scale within such a global network of industrial partners and academic institutions.   

The project will see the funding of up to 540 person-months of scientific exchanges over four years, that will be designed to facilitate the creation of an international and inter-sectoral network of both research centres as well as industry partners for knowledge development and sharing. The four contemporary areas of FinTech, Industry 4.0, CleanTech and FoodTech will be in focus.  

In addition to exchanges, the project will also include workshops, summer schools, masterclasses, seminars and hackathons in different locations across Europe with project partners.  

At the core of the project is to foster better ways for academia and industry to work together to translate research into products and services that benefit society and the opportunity will bring together global experts from research centres, industry groups and universities to make a real and positive difference to our communities.

The project will see involved organisations across Europe and Australia:


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