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ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation

Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH (Centre for Social Innovation) is a non-profit company with limited liability and an independent scientific research institution which deploys socio-scientific research, education, advisory and networking services.


  • zsi
  • Posted on: Jan 5, 2017
  • Austria

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Post Date: Jan 5, 2017

ZSI conducts research on the social embedding and impact of all types of innovations, and contributes to the design and diffusion of socially accepted and sustainable innovations to meet social challenges. By deployment of innovative research, education, advisory services and co-ordination of networks, we create new knowledge, reflect and configure existing knowledge, evaluate measures, develop concepts and forward their implementation. Founded in 1990 as an association, ZSI currently employs 55+ interdisciplinary trained scientists and experts.

More concretely, the Department for Research Policy & Development pools experts for scholarly methods to gather scientific inputs for evidence-based policy making and well experienced project managers in the field of international science, technology and innovation cooperation. As such, the organisation’s expertise includes the coordination and implementation of a variety of projects supported by the EU Framework Programmes (FP7 and previous FPs as well Horizon 2020), programmes of Structural Funds, European Territorial Cooperation, LLP, Erasmus+, as well as other nationally and internationally funded programmes. The department’s core competencies comprise social-scientific S&T policy studies, patterns of technoglobalisation, international management of STI, evaluation of STI policies, programmes and projects, copublication analysis, impact analysis, qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research etc.  
The department is and was involved in BILAT, INCO-NET and ERA-NET networks with the following world regions: Eastern European Countries, Central Asia, Canada, South East Asia, India, Japan, Latin America, the Danube Region countries etc. The main focus of activities in the department lies on the analysis and practical improvement of RTDI systems, on innovation policies and their internationalisation. ZSI also provides analysis and consultancy services for national (e. g. various ministries) and international customers (e. g. OECD, World Bank, UNDP, UNECE, UNESCO), and in the frame of projects under the Structural Funds, IPA Funds, etc. ZSI organises high-level events and publishes on research, technological development, and innovation topics as well as technology transfer. 

As a policy developer and international STI cooperation specialist, ZSI brings in the project already established links with relevant regional policy dialogue fora and national authorities in the target geographic regions. In addition to this, ZSI disposes valuable expertise in high-standard analytical work, and in drafting and promoting the adoption of policy documents.

ZSI contributes to the project through the following core competences:

Next to standard analytical software (SPSS, Pajec, UciNet; maxQda etc.) and office software ZSI two meeting rooms and brings in a comprehensive national policy and research funding network through the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy evaluation (fteval), which is hosted by ZSI. Moreover, ZSI also manages ESSIe – the European School of Social Innovation.

In detail, ZSI, based on its capacity, is going to contribute in the following tasks:

1) In WP3, in co-patenting analysis focusing on international patents

2) In WP4, in the policy development framework (policy development seminars) and in exploring cooperation with COST

3) In WP5, in the coordination of communication, dissemination & outreach activities including project’s visual identity and dissemination materials, the Web platform and the Social media – innovative ways of dissemination, the content management and communities of practice and the final dissemination conference.


Type: Research Institute

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