3 new Erasmus + projects in the field of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources

November 05, 2019


BRU-IUL researcher Sílvia Silva is coordinating the Erasmus+ project “DeSTRESS - Developing Competences for Stress Resilience @SMEs”, leading a European consortium of 7 partners from 6 countries: Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain. DeSTRESS is one of the few selected projects from the Portuguese Erasmus+ Agency in the call Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Henrique Duarte and Sara Ramos are also part of the coordinating team.

The project aims to aims to provide an innovative VET-based solution to prevent and manage work-related psychosocial risks and musculoskeletal disorders. Building on existing research, partners will identify a required set of competences leading to the development of a VET curriculum and a new VET Digital Digital Training Platform using the latest techniques in game-based training and gamification complemented by a set of practical tools and resources to facilitate the transfer of learning into the workplace. 



Sílvia Silva is also a partner in another Erasmus + project, “WELLy: Introducing the job profile of a Manager for Work Well-being to prevent and combat workrelated stress”, coordinated by the University of Novo Mesto in Slovenia. Indeed, WELLy was the first ranked project by the Slovenian Erasmus+ Agency for the call Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training (VET). BRU-IUL integrates a consortium of 8 partners from 5 countires: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

Given the exponential increase of work-related stress issues and the diffusion of depression among the European citizens, the WELLy project aims to set the role of Work Well-being Manager (WWM) in charge of making sure that daily working conditions are fair and as healthy as reasonably possible for every employee so that the overall quality of life at work improves within the organisation and across economies.



Susana Tavares and António Caetano are partners in an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance, led by the Tallinn University of Technology (TALTECH), called “BeComE - Be Competent in Entrepreneurship: Knowledge Alliances for Developing Entrepreneurship Competencies for the Benefit of Higher Education and Business”. This Knowledge Alliance includes a consortium of 14 partners (universities and SMEs or start-ups) from 5 countries: Estonia, Finland, Italy, Portugal and Poland.

The idea of the project is to excel entrepreneurship education in higher education by creating effective knowledge alliances (KA) between higher education institutions (HEI) and businesses. It is focused on developing students’ entrepreneurship competencies (ECs) to meet the labor market expectations towards professional competencies of employees and entrepreneurs taking into account the macro-level developments such as globalization, technological advancements and demographic shifts. The project includes both diagnoses of divergences between employers’ needs and actual students’ entrepreneurship competences (ECs), proposition of the new entrepreneurship education (EE) framework embedding ECs together with innovative teaching and learning approaches and its application in practice.


Participation in the OSIRIS Project

October 17, 2019

The Business Research Unit congratulates Fernando Ferreira from the Accounting, Marketing and Management Group at BRU-IUL for his participation in the OSIRIS project.

The OSIRIS project is a 2.381 million euros EU-funded project (INTERREG Baltic Sea Programme), which supports the smart specialization approach in the silver economy. The BRU-IUL researcher was invited to provide its expert services on regional knowledge maps, knowledge.  


Excellent research requires top research support - Final COST BESTPRAC meetings held in Belgium

October 03, 2019

Alessandro Segreto participated as the representative of BRU-IUL in the work of Working Group 1: Administration. He gave a presentation with the name “Research Funding and Communication Platforms: A pilot to optimize information flow within a research unit”, introducing a project implemented within the research unit.


BESTPRAC is a COST network that gathers people working at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support EU-funded research projects. Since 2014, the network serves as a platform for exchanging experiences, sharing and developing best practices, encouraging knowledge sharing and increasing efficiency in research administration.


Twice a year, the network organises joint meetings of its members. The 12th Working Group meeting was held on September 5, 2019 at Ghent University, Belgium and gathered 70 people from different European countries.


The meeting comprised of individual meetings of the working groups (WG1: Administration, WG2: Finance, WG3: Legal) as well as joint sessions of all three working groups. The topics of the joint sessions on this meeting were:


• Model Grant Agreement - Avoiding Common Errors, held by Gheorghe Bancos from Common Audit Service, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission and

• Research Administration in Europe at this moment, held by Nik Claesen from EARMA and Virág Zsár from the HETFA Research Institute.


Both presentations can already be found on the BESTPRAC website.


Since this was the last Working Group meeting, individual meetings were focused on finalising the network’s outputs and their dissemination. Apart from that, during the WG1 meeting, a number of best practices and techniques in communication were presented, as well as other topics such as IP in research projects, Widening and the Logical Framework approach. WG2 finalised the development of a Horizon 2020 Coordinator's Survival Kitand discussed a number of financial management issues in H2020 while WG3 explored rules and boundaries of the new framework programme Horizon Europe.


Since the BESTPRAC network is officially ending in October 2019, on September 6, the final BESTPRAC meeting was held at COST Association in Brussels, in the presence of representatives of the European Commission, COST Association and the European University Association.


During the meeting, BESTPRAC Core Group members presented the outputs of the networkin the last 6 years and plans for its continuation, after which representatives of the research administration community and the research community gave their thoughts on benefits of BESTPRAC not only for the development of research administration, but the success of research projects in general.


The second part of the programme was dedicated to a round table discussion on Benefits of quality Research Management/Administration for Europe. The main conclusion of the discussion was that quality research support is a necessity as it gives researchers more time to focus on their research. As the game is constantly changing in the EU funding landscape and the rules for participation are getting more and more complicated, research managers / administrators are a clear competitive advantage for any research organisation!


You can find more information about BESTPRAC at