The RECAPHE project aims to enhance the research and innovation capacity of Professional Higher Education (PHE) institutions in Europe. PHE institutions play a crucial role in enhancing European competitiveness and innovation capacity, especially on the regional level where they act as connectors between regional SMEs, organizations, and society 1. The project recognizes that the full potential of PHE institutions is yet to be revealed, and that the wide range of activities falling within applied research, innovation, and regional engagement makes it difficult to address them as a whole when it comes to support, assessment, and recognition.
The project intends to support the development and enhancement of PHE institutions’ staff capacity to engage in applied research activities, link these to teaching, and develop relevant ways for engagement of students in these activities 1. By doing so, the project aims to strengthen the research capacity of PHE institutions and contribute to excellence in applied Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) in Europe.