SAPIENS – Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems – have
been awarded a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN)
grant of €3.9 million. SAPIENS combines 10 universities from eight countries led by the University of
Turin and non-academic partners in seven countries. At the heart of the project are 15 PhD projects
on various multidisciplinary aspects of Sustainable Public Procurement linked to the achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs. The 15 postgraduate research students will attend a
common training programme, participate in common public engagement, dissemination and impact
activities, and benefit from a number of relevant placements in public institutions, think tanks,
lobbyists, and international organisations.
The project will not only offer extraordinary, global research and training opportunities to 15 Early
Stage Researchers, but will also contribute to increasing the overall quality and innovation of doctoral
training in Europe and beyond. The aim is to produce significant research results in law, economics,
business studies and social science, make them openly available, facilitate the utilisation of that
knowledge by policymakers, think tanks, business, and the legal and other professions, and to train a
uniquely qualified cohort with professional prospects inside but also beyond academia.
The project will be managed from the University of Turin led by the Network Coordinator Roberto
Caranta assisted by a project coordinator, the Director of Training Martin Trybus (University of
Birmingham), the Dissemination and Communication Lead Marta Andhov (University of Copenhagen)
and the Ethics, Open Science and Equal Opportunities Champion Małgorzata Koszewska (Lodz
Polytechnic). The team is completed by leading sustainability experts from Corvinus University of
Budapest, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Hasselt University, University of Gävle, Babes-Bolyai
University, and the University of Greenwich.