University of Alicante
The University of Alicante (UA) was created in 1979. Today it educates and trains more than 20.000 national and 3.000 international students and offers 43 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate programmes: consequently it is proportionally one of the fastest growing universities in Spain. Thus, the UA employs over 3.500 researchers and management staff (44%women), which involves an annual budget of 200 million Euros. Currently, UA is investing near to 34M Euros for boosting frontier research and technology transfer processes via spin off, licensing and international promotion mainly. In 2017 the University generated an income of nearly 16 million Euros from research funded projects on a National, Regional, European level and private level thanks to its 227 research groups in many knowledge areas and its 15 Research Institutes, most of them multidisciplinary. The UA is within the 250 top universities in the THE Young University Ranking 2018 and it ranks 12th in the Shangai Ranking (ARWU) 2017 (impact of research publications). It is also an appreciated reference point for international relations. Its strategy lies within the context of international cooperation and particularly in the training of university management staff to support the integration of non-EU countries and develop their international status and networks.
The campus is considered one of the best campuses in Europe: one million square meters with the best urban design, the most innovative architecture in a framework of environmental excellence (large green areas, landscape design, pedestrian, cultural, sporting, educational areas...) and a wide variety of services. In addition to the strong commitment by the innovation and technology, the University of Alicante reaches the most prestigious heights in its firm commitment to culture and heritage. A virtual tour to the 100% pedestrian campus is available at: http://web.ua.es/tour-virtual-ua/ua.html
UA is also considered a point of reference for many companies to which the University provides technical assistance, technology transfer, customized training programmes, post-graduate studies and cooperates in many R&D programmes. In addition, UA has started shaping one of the best Scientific Parks in Spain. To such effect, UA has progressively materialized capital investments and started construction of several buildings to house technical research services, research institutes and a center for the creation of technology-based companies. UA also owns an Industrial Experimentation Area and provides a range of research technical services such as Pilot Plants, Laboratories, Data Process Centre, Advanced Information and Documentation Systems to be used for research purposes. Moreover, the participation in European Programmes has been increasing in the last years, taking part in 25 FP6, 48 FP7 and 32 H2020 projects (9 of them coordinated by UA). Not only Framework programme for Research but also Lifelong Learning Programmes: 69 Erasmus+, 6 Erasmus Mundus, 65 Tempus and 35 Lifelong Learning Projects, among others.
UA provides legal, financial and administrative support to the Research team involved in this proposal via its International Project Management Office (OGPI). OGPI was founded in 2005 in order to assist and consult scientists, researchers and innovative companies in the area of research, innovation and international project management. It provides knowledge and skills for establishing and managing international technology-oriented co-operations to obtain a greater project impact at the scientific and commercial level. Besides, OGPI has a strong track record in supporting European RTD-consortia in proposal preparation, contract negotiation, communication with the EC and project reporting and has developed a specific web-based project management and communication system for larger project consortia. This Office managed the IPR-Helpdesk project during 10 years and the Regional Node of IRC Network (nowadays Enterprise Europe Network) for 14 years.
In short, UA is a young and dynamic university with vast experience in implementing EU funded projects in different programmes and areas, with presence in more than 60 countries worldwide. In the last 10 years, UA has successfully acted as coordinator of many Tempus, Alfa, Edulink projects involving Third Countries and Erasmus+ and Framework Programmes.
Relevant previous projects (max. 5)
There is a long list of ongoing and past projects with UA participation that can be found in the following link: http://goo.gl/QiL3om
Available assets and infrastructure
The UA as part of the consortium will offer a perfect location and facilities to perform project meetings, administrative, legal support to project execution and budget performance, technical and managing support, Additionally, the research group has access to the main research laboratories from the University equipped with large equipment such as TEM, SEM, Raman spectroscopy, XPS, etc. Some of the research facilities and techniques are available at the Central Technical Services of UA (http://sstti.ua.es/en/news.html).
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