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Between 2004 and 2009, the Institute launched and conducted, or participated as a partner, in the following large-scale research projects:


National Foresight Programme – Implementation of the Results

In October 2011, the EEDRI Institute joined another large project implemented at the request of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education: National Foresight Programme - Implementation of the Results, which represents another stage of the operations started under the National Foresight Programme – Poland 2020.
The result of the research delivered between 2006 and 2008 included recommendations concerning shaping of the scientific and innovative policy towards the Knowledge-based Economy, and presenting the directions of the research into scientific development and technology. They indicate that Poland holds a significant intellectual and development-based potential, which is however characterised by very strong dispersion that translates into low competitiveness of the national scientific and research centres. Transformations that occur in this context, aim at “concentrating forces” on scientific research in these fields and disciplines that may significantly impact fast civilisation-economic development of the country and development of the knowledge-based economy.  Identification of the key areas of the most promising sectors of applied sciences and techniques which require support remains an important issue.
Selecting the key directions of the scientific research and development work will facilitate a better use of the research results in practice, and easier obtaining of funds, including the non-budgetary finance. The foresight studies performed within a broad spectrum of the scientific fields and areas of economic activity should play a special role in this process. Identifying these areas in which Poland is a natural leader, in combination with the need for selective support to the most promising sectors of the applied sciences and techniques, will be the key objective and subject of the work implemented under this project. Development of tools and implementation of the process of cyclical evaluation of the scientific and technological potential as well as shaping the scientific and scientific-technological policy achieved through practical implementation of the  evidence – based policy idea is the general objective of this project. Sustainable linkage between the decision-making process and operations of the portal implementing the foresight projects, including the NFP, and use of the national relevant outputs, represents the specific goal.
In order to achieve these objectives and goals, it is necessary to develop, and then implement, a package of tools facilitating effective planning of strategic directions of the scientific research and technologies, and technological directions identified with an aid of a system of maps and results of the foresight projects. The developed methodological tools and mathematical-statistical-econometric model will facilitate cyclical diagnosis of the national scientific and technological potential, and developing such scientific and scientific-technological polity that would address contemporary challenges of the research market (European Research Area) and globalisation processes. Under the project, the basis of the national monitoring system of implementation of the results of foresight projects, which will also address indicators measuring the degree of achievement of the NFP objectives, will be elaborated. Project is implemented between 1.10.2011 and 2015 by a Consortium composed of: the Central Mining Institute (Coordinator), Social Academy of Sciences ( Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Research Institute - EEDRI), Technical University of Białystok.
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Strengthen the capacity of vocational schools. Staff for the innovative development of the Lodz Region

44 vocational schools delivering business and commercial profile of training, with almost 1400 students, operate in Łódzkie Voivodship, however studies indicate that only half of their graduates pass professional examinations, which may imply a low level of teaching.
At the same time, both owners of Łódź companies and managers of international corporations having their branches in Łódzkie Voivodship speak of HR problems in the field of hiring professionals with appropriate vocational background.
The objective of this research project involved improvement of potential of the vocational schools (both basic vocational schools as well as secondary ones) specialising in business and commercial profiles of training through identifying these activities that will lead to matching the school curriculum with the real needs of the labour market.

Transformation of the Cloth and Textile Industry from a Labour-Intensive into a Science-Intensive Industry - LORIS TEX (European Social Fund - Integrated Operational Program of Regional Development)


This is a regional project which will run for two years until mid June 2007. It  is a continuation of the Regional Innovation Strategy of the Lodz region  RIS LORIS. The result of its activity will be to increase the attractiveness of the region for investment and to aid the growth of innovation in the cloth and textile industry. The Center of Advanced Technology “PRO HUMANO TEX” is a partner of EEDRI in this project


Evaluation of Public Intervention Aimed at Increasing the Efficiency of Regional Innovation Systems. A Practical Guide for Organisations Ordering Evaluation Studies Transitional Measures 2005 (Multisectoral Project for Strengthening Administrative Capabilities, Component 6).



Społeczna Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości i Zarządzania w Łodzi, Instytut Badań nad Przedsiębiorczością i Rozwojem Ekonomicznym (Poland)



  • production of a practical guide for the evaluation of actions aimed at the development of regional innovation systems in particular regions,
  • development of a methodology and culture of evaluation.



GATOM. Gearing Adult Education Towards Occupational Mobility Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013.



  • The Austrian Institute for SME Research (Austria) (coordinator), Społeczna Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości i Zarządzania w Łodzi, Instytut Badań nad Przedsiębiorczością i Rozwojem Ekonomicznym (Poland), Business Research and Development Centre, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration (Finland), Berufsfortbildungswerk des DGB GmbH (Germany), Tom Martin & Associates/TMA (Ireland), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Bucharest (Romunia), Instituto Vasco de Estudios e Investigación (Spain)



  • review of types of education, training and retraining of adult persons employed in the construction industry, public health and tourism available in seven countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania and Spain,
  • assessment of the degree of compliance of educational and training activities with the real requirements and needs of companies and employees,
  • identification of best practices in respect of the adaptation of lifelong learning forms and methods to the needs of the labour market,
  • development of recommendations on the improvement of lifelong learning quality in Europe.


Governance as a Means to Increase the Involvement of Non-Public Entities in the Realization of Regional Policy Objectives National Strategy for Cohesion


Społeczna Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości i Zarządzania w Łodzi – Instytut Badań nad Przedsiębiorczością i Rozwojem Ekonomicznym EEDRI (Poland)


The project’s primary objective is to provide the regional authorities (or other policy-making entities) with the knowledge and tools for innovation and increasing the efficiency of public intervention in respect of the development of regional innovation systems.

The project’s specific objectives are as follows:

  • development of tools (a set of indices) for measurement of the implementation of the governance principle with reference to the development of regional innovation systems,
  • development of  recommendations for the Ministry of Regional Development and regional self-government administration in respect of the implementation of governance solutions with reference to the development of regional innovation systems,
  • organisation of a closing conference where the project’s results will be presented,
  • preparation of publications presenting the project’s results.


Modern Technologies for Textiles. Opportunity for Poland Operational Programme Innovative Economy, Measure 1.1.



  • Instytut Biopolimerów i Włókien Chemicznych-(coordinator), Politechnika Łódzka, Instytut Włókiennictwa, Instytut Technologii Bezpieczeństwa MORATEX, Instytut Włókien Naturalnych i Roślin Zielarskich, Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – PIB w Warszawie, Społeczna Wyższa Szkoła Przedsiębiorczości i Zarządzania w Łodzi – Instytut Badań nad Przedsiębiorczością i Rozwojem Ekonomicznym EEDRI, Akademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna w Bielsku-Białej (Poland)


The project aims at the identification of research and development guidelines through the application of the foresight method in respect of support for the development of the strategy for the Polish Technology Platform for Textile Industry.

The project’s general objectives are as follows:

  • developing a vision for the development of the textile industry in Poland through the identification of Polish areas of competence and global leadership as well as the development of technological scenarios for the textile industry,
  • verification and extension of a strategic research programme for the development of technology for textiles,
  • identification of technological regimes characteristic of individual textile industry segments and influencing the types of links between the system’s participants as well as the intensity and character of innovations,
  • identification of factors increasing the scale of the exploitation of advanced technological and information solutions (knowledge-intensity),
  • development of qualified staff for the textile industry: preparation of recommendations in respect of the development of new qualification standards, modular curricula and educational packages,
  • drawing up innovation policy foundations – more precise and corresponding to the requirements and possibilities, identification of the strength, direction and scope of a support policy for the domestic textile industry.

Wyzwania szybko zmieniającego się, konkurencyjnego świata wymagają nie tylko zmian w podejściu do zarządzania, ale też nowego modelu przywództwa.