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MED-QUAD project implements the quadruple helix approach to support innovation and sustainable local development

The keystone of the MED-QUAD project is the “quadruple helix” (QH) approach. The project’s partners will implement actions to support innovation and sustainable local development based on the latter. The QH model is based on the awareness that government, businesses, academia, and citizens will be able to align goals, amplify resources and accelerate progress by joining forces. Thus, the main goal of the “quadruple helix” approach and the MED-QUAD project is the cooperation between the key players that promote innovation, i.e., higher education institutions/research community, state, business, and society.

MED-QUAD will address challenges in project partners’ countries by creating the right environment where universities, SMEs, and governments cooperate and promote the innovation of processes and products. The quadruple helix approach will be applied to the planned cross-border Living Labs focused on two crucial issues:

  1. Smart Water Use Applications – SWUAP: quality traceability for drinking water, quality assessment of water for irrigation, traceability of vegetables from fields to shops, smart packaging and
  2. Applied Research for Cultural Heritage Exploitation-ARCHEO: Augmented reality applied to archaeology, architecture and art. Mixed Realities and their concept of cyber-real space interplay. A full appreciation of cultural heritage sites. Virtual and augmented reality technologies that will provide historically accurate reconstructions and relevant contextual information.

Universities must become “Civic Universities” and, in collaboration with industries and local governments must fully play the role of Institutions that are FOR the city not just IN the city. By developing the quadruple helix approach, MED-QUAD will provide policymakers and public authorities with guidelines containing a roadmap for innovation listing the fundamental principles and indicators on which funds should be allocated.

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*The project is 90% funded by the European Union (EU) and has a budget of 3.3 million euros.

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