UNIC Seed Fund

Supporting Collaborative Engaged Research Project Development

The UNIC Seed Fund Mechanism

This UNIC Seed Fund Initiative aims to support collaborative "Engaged Research" initiatives across our partner universities, sparking new ideas for tackling societal challenges in post-industrial cities.


On this page, you can learn about what Engaged Research means, get inspired by projects supported through this seed fund mechanism, and (when applicable) how to apply for funding. You can find additional information in downloadable PDFs. If you have further questions regarding Engaged Research, please reach out to UNIC coordinator(s) in your host institution.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035801.

What is UNIC?

The European University of Post-Industrial cities (UNIC) is an alliance of ten universities impacting education, research, and community engagement to develop post-industrial cities. The UNIC Alliance is located in transitory economies and places that constitute a shared socio-economic environment of post-industrial transformations. Our universities are expected to play a key role in the transition of their cities to become centres of knowledge concerning transformations by engaging with research into the very processes and learning on resilience, adaptation, co-creation, etc.


UNIC researchers tackle societal challenges by involving and engaging citizens, civil society, public/city authorities, and private businesses in research and innovation activities. Engaged Research offers an interdisciplinary approach and method for systematic knowledge production not only for society but also together with society.


The Seed Fund Mechanism

In order to increase the amount of collaborative engaged research initiatives within the UNIC consortium and provide support to researchers to coordinate those initiatives, seed funds are allocated to the members of the Alliance.


Collaborative UNIC engaged research initiatives relates to the societal challenges of post-industrial cities in transition. Initiatives are recommended to touch upon a challenge defined by our UNIC Cities. These challenges are related to e.g., Diversity & Inclusion, Green Cities & Sustainability, Urban Resilience & Transformation, Health & Well-being, Aging Population, Digital Transition through engaged research and aims to co-create knowledge through engaged research.


Supporting Collaborative
ENGAGED RESEARCH INITIATIVES

“UNIC Seed Fund” offers small-scale support for engaged research project proposal development across all disciplines within the UNIC consortium and beyond. This can be a Horizon Europe, JPI Urban Europe, AMIF, Digital Europe, Interreg, or similar national or international project proposal based on or inspired by our UNIC Cities’ challenges and opportunities collected in the Local Engaged Research Roadmaps.



Collaborative UNIC engaged research initiatives relates to the societal challenges of post-industrial cities in transition. Initiatives are recommended to touch upon a challenge defined by our UNIC Cities. Challenges are related to e.g., Diversity & Inclusion, Green Cities & Sustainability, Urban Resilience & Transformation, Health & Well-being, Aging Population, Digital Transition through engaged research and aims to co-create knowledge through engaged research.

UNIC4ER and Engaged Research

The goal of UNIC4ER is to bring together different fields of research and development to work on projects involving cities as partners. This collaborative effort is guided by the UNIC4ER Meets the City framework, which outlines plans for research challenging our cities and closely connected to local communities. These plans lead to the initiation of collaborative projects known as UNIC Engaged Research projects. To better understand cities' needs, UNIC4ER has gathered information from partner cities through two key sources: Input provided by UNIC Cities in our UNIC Local Engaged Research Roadmaps and CityLabs initiatives.


These research challenges stem from the goals and difficulties faced by partner cities. However, it's crucial to note that these goals and challenges evolve over time. As new needs emerge and existing research needs are met, the focus of Engaged Research shifts. This is why UNIC4ER continuously develops Local Engaged Research Roadmaps, guiding research activities and adapting regularly to match the changing priorities of cities.

Engaged Research Projects Supported by UNIC:

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Critical Zones Project - Research Stay

A two-and-a-half-day seminar was held between 27 and 29 May 2024 on the Sart-Tilman campus (Un...

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Traveller Court Support Initiative

Co-designed & Community Based Supports for Traveller Litigants in the District Court.

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Systems Modeling to Determine the Societal Benefit of Multi-Cancer Ear...

Cancer still is a devastating disease for which increasing evidence exists that there are sign...

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Living Labs on degraded soils

Strategic meeting to establish a multi-stakeholder partnership and prepare a project submissio...

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Pediatric oncology nurse sustainable educational website and module de...

Developing a website for pediatric oncology nurse sustainable education, and assessing the fea...

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Displacement and emplacement of the highly skilled migrants including ...

Producing a general framework for studying the processes of displacement and emplacement of re...

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Oceanic Time - Exploring more-than-human temporalities through partici...

Exploring and mapping time-related dimensions of more-than-human actors around water: what is ...

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Developing a Platform for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing to Suppo...

Modern cities face significant challenges related to energy consumption and CO2 emissions due ...

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Aging Well Together in Liège

This one-week summer school brought together academics, specialists and members of civil socie...

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Advancing EU Water Diplomacy in the South Caucasus

Investigating the grounds for the EU to engage in water diplomacy in the South Caucasus to pro...

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ENGAGENet – Network for Socially Engaged Research and Collaboration

Enhancing city collaboration by developing a research center for socially engaged research on ...

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Main challenges of climate change for tourism in post-industrial citi...

Exploring the main challenges of climate change regarding the tourism activity of post-industr...

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Policies in post-industrial cities based on a Society 4.0 approach: pr...

New policies in post-industrial cities based on a Society 4.0 approach, with a particular inte...

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Strengthening Gender Equality Plans in Post-Industrial Cities through ...

Promoting gender equality in academia within post-industrial cities universities and research ...

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Building Strategies for Health and Mental Well-being of Employees

The project CSwell aims to explore the what kind of stress customer success managers experienc...

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Understanding Territorial Servitization in post-industrial Regions

This project seeks to comprehend the differences and similarities between these regions. By co...

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Engaged Students for Inclusive Cities

On the 12th of December an international workshop was organized on Campus Woudestein in Rotter...

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Investigating means-end decoupling in social enterprises and the (poss...

Impact Centre Erasmus together with partner university Koç University have been granted a seed...

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Soil Regeneration through a Network of Living Labs and Lighthouses

Creation of a network of Living Labs and Lighthouses across 8 European countries dedicated to ...

inclusion Inclusion UNIC Seed Fund

Gaining insights into needs for mastering internationalization

Identifying general and specific educational needs for short-term mobilities organization and ...

ecological risks technology innovation UNIC Seed Fund

Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste through Biorecycling

Sharing knowledge, expertise, and experiences to jointly contribute to sustainable waste manag...

inclusion Inclusion Superdiversity UNIC Seed Fund

Communication of Children with Multiple Disabilities

The main objective of this collaborative initiative is to collect preliminary data about commu...

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Summer School on Smart City Concepts in Oulu & Bochum

The UNIC Summer School focused on the smart city strategies developed by Oulu and Bochum and w...

UNIC Superdiversity Academy UNIC Seed Fund

Identifying Upskilling and Reskilling Needs of Middle-Aged Ukrainian I...

This project aims to identify the skill needs of middle-aged Ukrainian immigrants who have bee...

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A Just Transition for Cities

With support from the UNIC4ER Seed Fund, an interdisciplinary collaboration between colleagues...

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