Three new research projects funded through the Well-Being Research Incubator

03/21/2024 | by Jo Hawley-Woodall | H2020 Research Well-Being

EUniWell’s Horizon 2020-funded Well-Being Research Incubator announces its final project grants.

The image is a promotional graphic for the "3rd WELL-BEING RESEARCH INCUBATOR CALL". It encourages viewers to "DISCOVER OUR FUNDED PROJECTS". In the background, three individuals are having a conversation, possibly collaborators or participants in the well-being projects mentioned. The atmosphere appears casual and collaborative.

Three new projects, bringing together academics from across Europe, have been funded through the final call of the Well-Being Research Incubator Programme. These projects explore some important challenges in relation to well-being and will be exploiting synergies amongst the partners involved to generate new insights and ideas.

The EUniWell Well-Being Research Incubator Programme is an integral part of the EUniWell #Research initiative. Each of its projects brings together at least three EUniWell universities to explore a chosen research theme. Since the start of the programme in 2022, the initiative has supported researchers to connect and exchange ideas through 25 collaborative workshops. These workshops aimed to develop project ideas and with the final round now complete, three proposals have been selected to become funded projects. This takes the total number of projects funded through the Well-being Research Incubator to 13. 

Partners from existing projects tell us the opportunity to work together has been an opportunity to “set up stable relationship for future research and collaboration”, and that it is “truly a privilege to have such dedicated researchers willing to improve the […] well-being of the population […] these months have helped us strengthen ties”. 

The selected projects

Unravelling the potential of galectin inhibitors and nanotechnology as therapeutic options for endometriosis treatment 

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease which can greatly affect individuals’ quality of life. At the moment, it is usually treated through medical therapy and surgical treatment. This project brings together partners from the University of Murcia, Nantes Université and University of Santiago de Compostela, who will explore the potential therapeutic value of galectin inhibitors in endometriosis treatment. 

Science Shops for Well-Being - Exchange of best practices in communication and public engagement of sustainability, towards a shared Science Shop concept

Researchers from the University of Birmingham, University of Florence, and Nantes Université will work together on this project, to share experiences and best practices in relation to participative research, engagement of citizens and students, and other communication activities related to sustainability. Their aim is to set up a flexible model of a “Science Shop”, that can be customised to different scenarios.

Sustainable and green upscaling processes for peptide(-based) in vitro diagnostics and cosmeceuticals

Peptides are important key players in many biological systems and metabolic pathways. Within this project, partners from the Universities of Birmingham, Cologne, Florence and Semmelweis University will focus on two different areas where peptides have been developed as active biomolecules to promote and foster well-being: cosmeceuticals and tumour imaging. 

Further information

Find further information on the Well-Being Research Incubator here.

The Well-Being Incubator Programme is developed under the umbrella of the EUniWell #Research project as part of the H2020 programme under the Science with and for Society (SwafS) call. The Programme receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035821.

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