General information about the project

What is OPI about?

The OPI project, developed in partnership within UPIT (Romania), WARP (Austria), INNOHUB (Spain), CWEP (Poland) and E&D (Portugal), aims to develop and test a comprehensive methodology and tools for requalification of human resources to obtain professional competences for those future oriented positions in open innovation scope. The OPI project will aim at building labor market intelligence and competences in the area of open innovation that will allow to effectively develop supply of skills to fill the market gap while capitalising on existing pool of human capital.


Nowadays, many European citizens face high risk of unemployment due to fast changing requirements of the job market. Technological changes, decreasing relevance of traditional working competencies and key meaning of new ones put many Europeans in high unemployment risk (i.e. due to automation or inadequacy of their competencies) or employment. Especially constant innovation related changes, new technologies or business models, create the need for fast adaptation and developing corresponding competences which are not immediately available at the job market.

In this scope, taking into account especially the major role of SMEs for EU economy, open innovation (OI) provides companies unique chances to engage in forefront innovation in face of often insufficient resources. This however requires recruiting specialised staff that could support OI processes. Despite increasing (and expected to increase further) role of such positions as OI specialist/manager, networks and partnerships coordinator, knowledge manager, managers struggle to source recruits with required competences in this scope, while many EU adults face unemployment or high unemployment risk.

Aims and objectives

OPI project objectives are:

  1. support the HR staff to prepare employees and job seekers to adapt to new types of positions.
  2. directly address the needs of unemployed and staff in the need of requalification or upskilling to obtain key for modern and future market competences

Specifically, the project has delivered:

  • Study of local state of open innovation competencies
  • Methodology and tools to build open innovation understanding among HR specialist and build their ability to guide job seekers or employees through upskilling/requalification to take position in scope of open innovation,
  • Diagnostic tool to evaluate human capital in scope of open innovation,
  • E-learning solution for building unemployed/employees in high unemployment risk competencies to take roles in scope of open innovation,

Comprehensive requalification guide for HR professionals and adult educators.


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