Poles of Knowledge

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The Euskampus Poles of Knowledge Community is configured as an ecosystem of knowledge and innovation, based on the co-creation between different players as a main driving force, which strives to provide answers to social and global issues through cooperative training, research and innovation actions (trans-disciplinary, multi-agent).

Within the Poles of Knowledge dynamics, Euskampus is committed to promoting and supporting cooperation between the University of the Basque Country - UPV/EHU, Tecnalia and the DIPC, as well as agents from Universities, Technology Centres, Research Centres, Biohealth Institutes, Business Agents and Civil Society, in four main lines:

  • Connection between agents
  • Strengthening of international postgraduate research and training programmes
  • Support for new researchers
  • Transfer and dissemination to society

Two complementary lines are also considered:

  • Support for initial collaborations (incipient relations and emerging projects with great potential for excellence, internationalisation and transfer)
  • Coordination with the Administration to foster research and innovation policies

The Euskampus Poles of Knowledge Community is focused on 6 areas of knowledge through 6 Poles:

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These 6 Poles of Knowledge are perfectly aligned with the Priorities of the Basque Smart Specialisation Strategy. At the same time, these are areas of great potential for collaboration between excellence clusters of the University of Bordeaux and its partners, within the framework of IdEx Bordeaux.

Role of Euskampus Fundazioa in the Poles of Knowledge Community

Euskampus Fundazioa constantly and simultaneously fosters the emergence of ideas and common work lines, activates capacities and supports the Poles of Knowledge. To deploy and manage all this work, Euskampus Fundazioa has taken on the role of technical secretariat and stimulator, and coordinates the Poles of Knowledge Community with a dual purpose:

  • On one hand, it is the driver of the Community and more specifically, it is responsible for working with researchers from the participating entities through co-creation methodologies to establish the strategic frameworks and the action agendas, as well as following up, monitoring and evaluating the Poles.


  • On the other hand, it operates as an "investment partner" which manages an Investment Fund. This fund is managed as a seed capital fund to foster and accelerate the performance of the actions contemplated in the Poles, the returns of which will be the balanced scorecard indicators from the participating entities. This Investment Fund acts as a source of secondary funding with the dual objective to:
    • Facilitating the attraction of competitive public funding
    • Complete the competitive public funding with ad hoc interventions that are not contemplated in existing funding instruments.