NetHIIP - Network of Health Science Innovation Incubation Programs

Project ID


Project title

Network of Health Science Innovation Incubation Programs

General description

Smart specialization in many regions of EU is not functioning due to the lack of innovation capacity and disconnection between the actors on local and transnational level. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) shall become seedbeds for innovation by understanding the market needs and providing innovation knowledge, business contacts and support for students, who will later implement RIS3 as entrepreneurs, employees or decision makers. HEIs are unable to meet these requirements and are not sharing best practices of knowledge & technology transfer. This challenge is particularly present in the area of public health, medicine and life sciences, where several key enabling technologies emerge, such as biotechnology, nanomedicine, e-Health, biomaterials, 3D printing, big data. The objective of NetHIIP is to connect the EU members of the innovation system to enable them to interact and strengthen their innovation capacity. The consortium will develop a transnational incubation process that allows innovation to emerge by a bottom up process at HEIs in interaction with RIS3 actors. To achieve continuous market validation of the innovative ideas, market actors will be involved as mentors, judges, guest speakers. All incubation activities will be channelled through an online ‘incubation platform’ allowing continuous interaction among the students and regional innovation actors, creating transnational transparency of capacities, and boosting transnational co-creation, co-learning and validation. Partners with different levels of knowledge will strengthen their competences, reduce their disparities and promote the cooperation of RIS3 actors in the EU. Strong links will be created to local/national/EU public administrations by the state-owned HEIs and by the ASPs, such as EIT Health. The pilots will support students boosting their innovation capacities, validating their ideas by market and public actors, which will make the quadruple helix and smart specialization work. 

Project period

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2022

Total project budget

241.180 EUR

Partner Organisations

Lead Partner

University of Pécs

Academic supervisor: Dr. Zsolt Bedő,

Project manager: Enikő Tóth,