NIR-VANA project


The project

NIR-VANA is an EU project with the objective to develop online services that will help small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to innovate together with external partners, often referred to as open or collaborative innovation. Innovation advisors will provide services during the entire innovation process through an online platform where SMEs can collaborate, co-create and co-participate in innovation projects with other SMEs, experts and researchers from all over Europe. Discover who is behind the NIR-vana project!

Several innovation support services are available today. However, many services do not provide enough support, particularly after collaborations have been set up, mainly due to the lack of ongoing monitoring, efficient support methods and innovation management capacity. Likewise, there are many online collaboration tools available spanning from social networks to more advances tools for innovation management. However, many tools are either unknown or not user-friendly enough for SMEs.

Consequently, NIR-VANA will develop an online solution based on training that will not only consider new and existing technologies and platforms but also the innovation culture in SMEs and their ICT readiness. READ MORE ABOUT OPEN INNOVATION!

Target groups

  • SMEs
  • Innovation support advisors
  • Researchers


  1. Analyse the existing online-collaboration support services for SMEs and to understand SME’s behaviours, needs and barriers when going online.
  2. Design an innovation model and a workflow builder to construct bespoke SME innovation workflows
  3. Design, develop, integrate and test different ICT tools that will be part of an online collaboration platform
  4. Develop a training programme aimed at innovation advisors, giving them the skills they need to support the clients in this new innovation environment.
  5. Validate the services, the training programme and the ICT-based tools
  6. Disseminate and promote project results

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NIR-VANA runs between 1st May 2016 and 30th April 2018 under grant agreement 681787

The NIR-VANA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
“Enhancing SME innovation capacity by providing better innovation support” (H2020-INNOSUP-2014-2015)