TR Associates (MALTA)

EU funding - Consultancy - Innovation Services  Winner of Open Call in the First Stage

 Design enables Innovation in Urban Environments (H2020) 


DESIGNSCAPES (Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments) is a H2020 project approved under the topic CO-CREATION-02-2016 - User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation. The overarching aim of the DESIGNSCAPES project is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European Cities to encourage the uptake and further enhancement and up scaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders.  

 Designscapes opened a Call in 13 July 2018 for worldwide and closed it by 30th of November 2018.  What was the main goal? Reference text  from the Call : " In simple terms, we are looking for innovative solutions to help in facing challenges in the urban context. The best innovations are design-enabled, user-centered, embedded into an urban environment, practical and easily understood."

 TR Associates applied for the first round (Feasibility study) with a concept of LIVING LAB ON DEMAND, and it was selected ad one of the best 50 concepts and won 5000 EURO by the result. 

List of Winners (including TRA) and their ppt slides with the winning concepts  on

Living Lab Research Concept in Rural areas (LIVERUR) H2020 project (1st of May 2018 - 30 April 2021)                                            23 organisations, Overall budget:4,1M EURO. 


About LIVERUR (in brief)

Rural Innovation to All

LIVERUR is a pioneering H2020 project (2018-2021) because it addresses living lab concepts, circular economy and new business models creation inside the rural communities in Europe and beyond.

LIVERUR combines relevant rural topics (Agriculture, Tourism, Innovation, Energy & Environment, Food, Water, Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation etc) for future challenges in rural/remote/mountain areas to give them real and sustainable perspectives in order not to force them to leave their living areas.

We are collaborating on a unique initiative and open innovation approach (called Living Lab) providing knowledge transfer from our  research results,  reusable/ replicable methods and tools to carry out such a transformation (technological, socio-economic, human centric) for all partners in their targeted territories.

LIVERUR project aims at bringing rural innovation along with high impact to the wide spectrum to the agricultural activities, entrepreneurship, job creation, digital skills improvement, shared and circular economies along new business models and prototypes for better decision-making and community engagement.

The urbanisation, as a general tendency today means significant changes in our living standards, but we must keep the nature-centric, ecological lifestyles, values of the tourism / tangible and intangible cultural heritage in our villages where we were born, Our traditional family-centric social behaviour is coming from rural communities since centuries, the sensitivity for social innovation is originated from our villages and the common wish: to keep them more sustainable as our main mission comes from our roots.

To transforming the traditional mindset into more skilled/educated personas and take a part in a people-centric demand driven economy this is the main mission of LIVERUR project.

Why Living Labs ?

Living Labs are composed of heterogeneous actors, resources, and activities that enable and support innovation at all phases of the lifecycle, and all are collaborating for creation, prototyping, validating, and testing of new technologies, services, products, and systems in real-life contexts.

We realised by our brainstorming with users/ stakeholders that each Rural Living Lab, like an open “kitchen” with their “local ingredients and special flavours have high potential to help multi-actors rapidly commercialize and upscale innovation to a rural/local/global market and offer human-social value for the local multi-actors (citizen, public entities, businesses, investors, educational/research institutes and NGOs).

We see our newly established 13 Rural Living Labs (by the end of the project) that all could connecting to the people-driven new rural /regional economies as new business model to completing the circular/shared economies`s approaches and the project is  really pioneer in the context of replicable sustainable rural innovation by its co-creative/innovative local communities.


Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @LIVERUR 



VET4Start-Up – ERASMUS +                                                       KA2 Strategic Partnership VET Project                                           

Strong and well-performing Vocational and Educational Training (VET) can help deal with the challenge facing start-uppers in a competitive economy coming out of the global recession. This need was identified during several projects the partners were involved in: in the field of VET, where there is a lack of anticipation of skill requirements and formative routes for new entrepreneurs.

VET4Start-Up seeks to address the problem through a pan-European strategic partnership that will encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship.


The project aims to educate and train anyone interested in start-up thanks to an e-learning platform MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and other useful and tailored materials and resources. VET4Start-UP will seek to improve the level of key competences and skills needed by new entrepreneurs through Vocational and Educational Training.

The project aims to:

  • Gather research and in-depth analysis from across Europe of successful GOOD PRACTICE examples about start-up activities;
  • Promote the development, testing and implementation of INNOVATIVE PRACTICES/ METHODOLOGIES in VET such as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), interactive presentations, workshops, creative problem solving guide exercises and simulations;
  • Create the profile of an “EUROPEAN START-UP ADVISER” thanks to an intensive training and support based on the ECVET system and then recognised and validated by a specific Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Create a WEBSITE with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS TRANSLATED into all partners’ national languages to promote and encourage extensive exploitation of results;
  • Encourage entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) creating an e-learning MOOC FOR START-UPPERS with animated videos in 3 modules, both practical and theoretical, about the mind-set and skills necessary, design of the new enterprise, risks, challenges and opportunities including acceleration and incubation methodologies, creative problem solving technology, testing and simulation games –the MOOC is going to be tested and improved during a 7-day intensive Joint Staff Training Event – an APP for mobile device is going to be released in order to ensure accessibility in an innovative way;
  • Disseminate the project outputs and results throughout Europe with a DATABASE OF MATERIALS AND EBOOKS available through open licences (ref. Creative Commons) and through a series of MULTIPLIER EVENTS organised in each partner’s country in order to present the project outputs in a 1-day seminar. 


More information

Start date: 1 September 2014
Duration: 24 months
Project website: Coming soon
Project number: 2014 -1-IT01-KA202-002487
Project code: CUP G36G14000530006

For more information please contact:

‌This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission/National Agency cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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CIRAT-7 and CITT-1 events: First Edition of International Competition on Eco-Fashion - Let`s build the tomorrow textile together !

Date : 9 - 11 November 2016, Hammamet/Tunisia

 More: CIRAT-7 and CITT-1 link



DINOS for Smart Cities – Digital Information, 
Navigation and Orientation  System 
  -  GNSS Living Lab Price winner at Media category 2010 &  Gold medal winner at  European Seal of e-Excellence 2011 (CEBIT- Hanover/Germany)                                                                             

he GNSS Living Lab Prize is part of the project GAINS (Galileo Advanced INnovation Services), which is funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Four applications have made it to the finals in the media category, addressing topics such as leisure and tourism, as well as remote and game-based learning.

The three winners was announced along with the other special topic winners and 23 regional winners of the European Satellite Navigation Competition on 18 October at the Munich Residenz.

On the evening of the 18th October 2010, the best innovations and applications in satellite navigation were awarded in the Allerheiligenhofkirche of the Munich Residenz in what was already the seventh iteration of the European Satellite Navigation Competition. Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Zeil together with high-ranking representatives from the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), ESNC industry partners T-Systems and NAVTEQ, and Forum SatNav MIT BW awarded special prizes in a series of specific topics. For the first time, this year's competition also included accolades for students and the three best applications suitable for testing and realisation at one of the 220 nodes of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).  The Maltese initiative was awarded this first prize in the media category of the Living Lab Prize. 

  • The product which was named DINOS for Smart Cities is a hybrid system that collects and manages information and aids users travelling in cities by making use of localisation services. It incorporates an intelligent information system that automatically manages the status of the queues at tourist attractions, thus distributing visitors among different places of interest. The system is also able to determine which queue is moving most quickly. DINOS as a prototype demonstrates well that the augmented reality is a new technology and it melds real-life views with overlaid digital information as tags delivering a sensory experience that feels real. The handset’s GPS capability determines the exact location a person is standing, while an internal compass determines the direction the user is looking. The implementation and evaluation of this research were supported by Vodafone Malta Ltd.

  • Conduct a reality check trial with one of the awarded ideas

    The second stage of the GNSS Living Lab Prize now calls for interested Living Labs to submit proposals for launching pilots for the three winning ideas. The proposing Living Labs shall demonstrate that they can offer the best validation environment for a specific idea, including the most promising prospects for its potential adoption and commercial exploitation. GAINS will select three Living Labs that will have the opportunity to host a reality check trial with one of the winning ideas in their own Living Lab environment, along with the involvement of relevant user communities and potential future customers. Each of the three selected Living Labs will receive up to €20,000 in co-funding for their pilot activities

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TR Associates as LIVERUR Partner wrote an article to the Blog of the project. 

TR Associates aims to generate new methodologies and technologies to approach rural and peri-urban territories weakness and strengths in Malta by a “model of social farming” and follow the entire short food supply chain for the sustainable eco-production. The main ingredients of functional food (spices and medical herbs) will be produced in a land of Birkirkara which combine an used water recycling, rain water harvesting and already installed (but need to renovate) irrigation system. Circular Rural Living Lab Malta will be setting up in St Julians supporting all aspects of the open innovation based business ecosystem. The involvement of each key stakeholders (religious and social care organisations, farmers, nutritionists, customers, logistic companies, wholesalers, reform food shops, innovative AgroTech SMEs, startups etc.) is crucial to take a part in the new rural circular economy platform.

Link to the Blog: 


TR Associates won one of the best Feasibility Studies prize under DESIGNSCAPES.   The Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments (Designscapes) is an H2020 #SmartCities project. #DESIGNSCAPESEU.

The concept of TRA : Living Lab On Demand can be read on the project website and on Twitter and Facebook and/or 

It’s time to celebrate Living Lab On Demand —  We thanks for the congratulations on being funded by the Designscapes Open Call for Feasibility Studies!