The WORK-IN-NET Consortium exchanges and collects, analyses and spreads information on existing national activities on work-related innovations, thus paving the way for joint, transnational initiatives in the future. Our philosophy is that only by increasing the quality of work and the creativity of employees as well as a new balance of social security and flexibility of organisations, Europe will be able to meet the demands of the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

From 2004 to 2010, WORK-IN-NET was supported by the European Commission. During this period, WORK-IN-NET took two complementary approaches throughout to improve the cooperation and coordination of national research efforts for work-oriented innovations.

  • Within the ‘RTD management approach’ joint electronic tools for further information exchange, evaluation and benchmarking procedures for promoting learning processes, and arrangements and agreements for multilateral  research activities were established.
  • In parallel, within the ‘RTD thematic approach’ pilot models for joint strategic approaches, primarily to identify and to cope with the key challenges affected by new interactions between markets and companies, social partners and public bodies were set up.

The aim of WORK-IN-NET was and is to set up sustainable communication and cooperation channels in Europe between the still fragmented national and regional research activities in the area of work-related innovation issues.

To cope with the lasting innovation, productivity and employment challenges in European countries, the focus of WORKINNET lays on three key themes with respect to

  • qualitative human resource management;
  • corporate social responsibilities and cultures, and
  • regional development alliances.

National and Regional Programmes involved in WORK-IN-NET

Country Institution  Programme
Finland Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM)
Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES)

- TYKES, Finnish Workplace Development Programme
- Work organisation
- Workplace innovation
- Learning networks 

  Work Environment Fund (FWEF) - Work environment
- Industrial relations, productivity 
Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
with Project Management Agency of BMBF at DLR (PT-DLR)
- Competence, Health and Employability
- Sustainable Company Development
- Equal Opportunities and Demographic Change
- New Ways of Implementation and Transfer
- Interregional Alliances 
  Regional Ministry of Economy and Labour, Nordrhein-Westfalen (MAIGS, G.I.B.) - Work oriented modernisation 

Ministry of Development, General Secretariat for Research  and Technology

- Work and Health programme 



National Centre for Partnership & Performance (NCPP)

Regional Government of Emilia Romagna


- National Workplace Strategy
- Workplace Innovation Fund

- Regional development networks
- Work environment
- Health and safety
- Regional social quality label 

Poland  NCBIR  - Goal oriented projects
Sweden  Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA)  - Work Life Development for Sustainable Growth
- Dynamic Labour Markets and Organisations
- Efficient Product Development 
  Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS)  - Work, chemical and physical hazards
- Work, family and welfare
- Stress, work and health
- Labour market, qualification and discrimination