Our universities have been producing regionally relevant and globally impactful knowledge for over 50 years.

In 2020, RUN-EU brought together researchers from all regions of Europe to create unique interuniversity research spaces and teams.

Our research areas

Creative Art, Design & Materials Thinking

Art, product design, environmental design, interaction, multimedia, communication, eco-design, social engagement, among other themes.

Food & Biotechnology

Provision of innovative biotechnological and scientific solutions in the applied food and biotechnology sectors.


Sustainable and digitalised nature tourism, tourism economics, tourism influence on the circular economy, and e-tourism, among other research themes.

IoT & Cybersecurity

All areas of information and communication systems and technologies, including wireless and optical communications, networks and multimedia, electronic security and digital forensics.

Smart, Sustainable & Advanced Manufacturing

Intelligent systems and smart sustainable factories with a key emphasis on Industry 4.0 to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the production process.

Climate Change – Circular Economy & Decarbonisation

Decarbonisation, innovative energy management systems, including energy efficiency strategies, energy generation, storage and monitoring, and data analytics.

Education & Social Sciences

Collaborative research with communities in critical youth work, community development, and education and training.

Health & Wellbeing

New tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society, supporting local communities, people and the economy.

Get in touch

UniversityContact PersonEmail
IPCAPaula Tavares
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaJoão dos
Polytechnic of LeiriaSandra
TUS Adam
TUS Sean
HAMKSatu Jumisko-Pyykkö
SZEDr. Imre Tolnay
NHL StendenMarcel
NHL StendenPeter
NHL StendenIvo
FHVMargarita Kö
UniversityContact PersonEmail
HAMKAnnukka Pakarinen
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaSara
TUS Patrick
TUS Michelle McKeon
HAMKAnnukka Pakarinen
SZEZoltán Molnár
NHL StendenLuewton
NHL StendenJan
NHL StendenRudy
UniversityContact PersonEmail
TUSAnthony Johnson
(Research Area Leader) 
Polytechnic of LeiriaFrancisco
TUS Catriona
TUS Marie 
TUSMichelle McKeon
TUSNoelle O’
HAMKMenna Rantala (hepat)
HAMKMika Soramäki (eräily)
SZEDr. Éva
NHL StendenElena
NHL StendenErwin
NHL StendenAlbert
UniversityContact PersonEmail
FHVMarkus Preissinger
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaNuno
Polytechnic of LeiriaLeonel
FHVDr. Heinz
HAMKJoni Kukkamä
NHL StendenWouter
NHL StendenJoyce
NHL StendenJeroen
NHL StendenStephen
UniversityContact PersonEmail
TUSJohn Cosgrove
(Research Area Leader)
SZEPetra Szakonyi
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaHugo
TUS John
TUS Declan
HAMKFrancois Christophe
NHL StendenWilbert van den
NHL StendenJaap van de
UniversityContact PersonEmail
Polytechnic of LeiriaTeresa Eugério
(Research Area Leader)
TUSMargaret Brennan
HAMKJari Hyväluoma
HAMKPäivi Laaksonen
IPCARicardo Simõ
NHL StendenMatthias 
NHL StendenAleid
NHL StendenJan
NHL StendenRudy
NHL StendenWelmoed van der
NHL StendenHerbert
NHL StendenMarcel
UniversityContact PersonEmail
NHL StendenJanneke Metselaar
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaIsabel
TUSLisa O’Rourke
TUSJeffrey Buckley
NHL StendenJoana
NHL StendenRobert
NHL StendenMigchiel van
NHL StendenDeike
NHL StendenJacqueline
UniversityContact PersonEmail
IPCAJoão Vilaça
(Research Area Leader)
Polytechnic of LeiriaMaria
HAMKKimmo Vänni
SZEDr. György
NHL StendenJob van ‘t
NHL StendenGea van
NHL StendenNynke
NHL StendenJacqueline

Discovery Programme – Sustainable Interregional R&I Projects

Through the Discovery Programme, RUN-EU will create joint RD&I teams that will work on projects focused on our eight key research areas in collaboration with our associated partners, regional innovation clusters and the European Innovation Hubs.

By developing collaborative interuniversity projects, this Programme will foster research mobility opportunities for students and staff within the alliance. This will help co-create joint study programmes that promote student engagement in research activities.

ComEnt – Fostering Innovation in Community-Led Enterprise Development

It aims to equip stakeholders with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and enhance community-owned and community-led enterprises that foster social inclusion amongst marginalised groups and disadvantaged areas across Europe. By developing a competent body of practitioners in Europe, the project will increase enterprise and employment-focused community development.


It aims to create a platform that, through the use of ion-selective electrodes (electrodes based on crystalline) currently available in the market:
– finds and monitors the existence of contaminating heavy metals over time, namely copper, which must be below the quality standard value for water used in zones of urban agriculture
– collects information from a sensors network spread across urban agriculture soils
– disseminates live data to a central platform that analyses and disseminates it to farmers, councils or civil protection.

ORCHESTRA – add-value to ORCHards through thE full valoriSaTion of macRoalgAe

It aims to develop bio-formulations to suppress the use of synthetic chemical products/additives to combat pests and nutrient deficiency, namely through a seaweed biorefinery, resistance induction, plant fortifiers, and soil quality improvement. It also addresses the long-term preservation of fruits (Rocha pear and Alcobaça apple) to improve shelf life during storage and distribution chain by maximising phytonutrients.

INVISIBLE 5G – Fostering Innovation in Community Virtually Invisible Small Cells for 5G Densification

It addresses the challenges of 5G densification in its development, namely those resulting from specific requisites of spaces that generate unique challenges in the design and implementation of small cells in urban scenarios, using the necessary scale to ensure future 5G capacity and services.

STC 4.0 HP – New Generation of Stoneware Tableware in Ceramic 4.0 by High-Pressure Casting Rob0ot work cell

It aims to establish the production conditions that will allow GRESTEL to launch a range of innovative products in fine stoneware tableware worldwide by combining different ceramics 4.0 technologies with robotic finishing and artificial vision control.

RUN-EU PLUS – Professional Research Programmes for Business and Society

It aims to reinforce academia-business collaboration in the three RUN-EU thematic areas (Future Industries and Sustainable Regional Development, Bioeconomy and Social Innovation), through the development of a framework and programmes at MSc and PhD levels across the network.

Research centres across RUN-EU

Get involved

Would you like to take part in our research projects?
Do you have an idea for a collaborative European research project?

Teach, research and collaborate with your European colleagues to help tackle the most urgent challenges of the future.

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Research Mobility Call

Funding is available to support the outward mobility of RUN-EU researchers and students who wish to engage in eligible research mobility activities at one of the RUN-EU higher education institutions. The purpose of the initiative is to support the creation and development of international research collaboration within the alliance.

These research mobility activities are expected to support the development of new networks, facilitating knowledge transfer and the generation of novel innovative societally-impactful research project ideas, fostering interdisciplinary research and empowering the independence of our researchers and innovators.

Eligible research mobility types

  • 4-week Mobility for Research Staff
  • 12-week Mobility for Research Staff
  • 4-week Mobility for Research Postgraduate Students

Mobility activities

  • Organisation of large scale project submissions e.g. to the Horizon Europe Programme
  • Hands-on training activities for developing scientific skills (new techniques, instruments, research integrity, ‘big data’/’open science’) and transferable skills (entrepreneurship, proposal preparation, patent applications, management of IPR, project management, task coordination, supervising and monitoring, take up and exploitation of research results) under the guidance of a supervisor and other members of the research staff of the host organisation(s)
  • Inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge
  • Development of research Masters/PhD joint supervision projects
  • Organisation of scientific/training/dissemination events.


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