ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
The Centre for Social Innovation is a trans-disciplinary social science research institute, founded as a registered non-profit organisation in 1990. The head office is located in Vienna, Austria. It employs around 55 persons, most of them researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, working mainly in inter-disciplinary research fields and on projects. ZSI operations are subdivided into three departments: 1) Work and Equal Opportunities, 2) Technology and Knowledge and 3) Research Policy and Development.
The unit for Research Policy and Development (responsible for SEA-EU-NET) works on several nationally and internationally funded projects. Its core competencies comprise social-scientific studies for STI policy-making, such as research on patterns of techno-globalisation, co-publication analysis, foresight, RTDI evaluation and (comparative) analysis of STI policies. Besides, the team has long-standing expertise in international project management and respective communication. Under FP7, relevant funded projects undertaken in the ZSI unit for Research Policy and Development include INCONET EECA - S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries; IncoNet CA/SC: S&T International Cooperation Network for Central Asian & South Caucasus Countries; BILAT-UKR - Enhancing the bilateral S&T Partnership with Ukraine; and BILAT-RUS - Enhancing the bilateral S&T Partnership with the Russian Federation. Previous coordination experiences include: the South East European ERA-NET (SEEERA).
NET and SEE-ERA.NET PLUS), the Information Office of the Steering Platform on Research for Western Balkan countries (SEE-SCIENCE.EU), Strengthening the Strategic Cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT Research (SCORE), etc. funded under FP6 and WBC-INCO.NET and WINS-ICT – Western Balkan Countries Inco-Net Support in the field of ICT funded under FP7. The unit is also involved in INCO-NET and ERA-NET networks for other world regions: India, Korea, Latin America with a focus on Mexico and Argentina, etc. The main focus of activities in the unit is the analysis and the practical improvement of RTDI systems and innovation policy. ZSI is actively involved in ERA-WATCH as member. ZSI also works with other funding institutions (World Bank, UNDP, Structural funds, IPA funds, etc.). This experience and network is also made available for SEA-EU-NET.