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1 Fundraising as an integrated part of your PhD – hands on experiences from access2innovation Jacob Ravn, Dept. of Development and Planning Agenda: Introduction to access2innovation Recommendations

2 Why access2innovation

3 Ver. 1.0 Target group: Red Cross; UN DanChurchAid, Oxfam FN( 18.7 billlion. $);NGO sector (DK 934 millioner. DKr. / 6,7% af samlet bistand). EU 3,2 billion Euro; Demining 475 millioner. $. pr.year.) Ver. 3.0 Target group: End user Needs: Millennium Development Goals Food Energy Health Education Ver. 2.0 Target group: NGO’s in developing countries Trend in product development targeting developing countries

4 Introduction: what is access2innovation Access2innovation is a network combining knowledge, expertise and resources from end users / NGO’s, companies and researchers so as to meet the evident demands in developing countries Access2innovation was launched in 2007 by DanChurchAid Aid, Aalborg University, North and South Denmark EU Office and Confederation of Danish Industries. NGO / Civil SocietyUniversities Regional / local, expertise and networks Technical knowhow, production capacity, marketing etc. State-of the art knowledge Companies

5 Access2innovation: the approach Expected output: NGO’s get better tools for operational activities in relief and development work Universities get access to new knowledge and research areas Companies gain access to New knowledge Networks Positioning New markets End users get better products / services Mapping of needs Identification of possible solutions Joint development Commercialization The presumed process:

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9 Bio gas plants in Bangladesh Ganesha India Grameen Shatki India to Gether

10 Funding of activities NGO / Civil SocietyUniversities Regional / local, expertise and networks Technical knowhow, production capacity, marketing etc. State-of the art knowledge Companies Bio gas Ministry of Foreign Affairs -BoP / IPD program (4. Mio. Kr.) Green generator EBST – Program for user driven innovation (5.6 Mio. Kr) Sky Watch / View World ICI – Network based business innovation (7.2 Mio. Kr.) Project funding Network funding 2 grants of kr. from VækstForum Nord 1 grant of 7.1 Mio. Kr. primarily research on the topic through action research / new partnerships 1 grant of 18. Mio. Kr. focusing on company / network development

11 Funding strategy Dead line for application Call is open

12 Funding strategy Develop your concept / project idea Dead line for application Call is open Map out potential funding opportunities Prepare your application

13 Recommendations 1. Develop a conceptual strategy for your research group out lining different sub project of interest including: -PhD / Post doc -Private/ public sector involvement etc. 2. Ask AAU Innovation to participate in developing a funding strategy where you match potential regional / national / EU programs of interest and prioritize your options (max 2-3 applications pr. Year). 3. Get support form management 4. Develop 1-2 page concept notes on your idea to be used for eventual contact to stakeholders (companies / public institutions / other researchers / AAU Innovation etc.) 5. Start identifying / building up your project / partnership well beyond dead line 6. If you all ready god pilot cases / research that provides the platform for coming applications think about press / stake holder management (who would support your work)

14 Recommendations 7. Select the program(s) that matches your idea and go through documentation carefully: - Guidelines - Previous support project - Government policies on the areas This to see if your project fits the overall objectives of the program and not the least to get ideas on how to “pitch” your application (usually there is a lot of buzz words). 8. If possible initiate contact to the person in charge of the program before call is open to: -Shortly present your idea (OBS do not be to technical you are speaking to a bureaucrat) -Ask what the coming program will focus on -If possible setup a meeting to present your project idea 9. Once the call is open -Start developing the application and if need be ask for assistance from AAU Innovation -Get support from the institute on the budgets -Respect all bureaucratic details – to many projects have been neglected due to formalities

15 Recommendations - It takes a lot of time to prepare applications – which can influence your work on the PhD / post doc. - Once you got the projects approved the ”game is in play”, meaning administration, project management, start up of work with external partners Ask for: - Allocation of time and resources from management to develop applications -AAU Innovation to participate in mapping out possible funding opportunities and coordinate if interest from several institutes NO GO’s -Developing applications in last minute unless you are asked to do so -Developing you project alone (budget / partnership / application / formalities) -Trying to adjust / label your project so that is fits program objectives


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