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1 Regions as the driving forces of European competitiveness: From theory to practice Interregional Seminar and Partnership Fair Enhancing university-business co-operation Dr Clive Winters Coventry University Enterprises Ltd ‘s-Hertogenbosch 19th May 2006

2 Presentation Overview Introduction Science-Industry Co-operation: Policy Context Science-Industry Co-operation: The Role of Stakeholders Contact Details Questions & Discussion

3 Introduction

4 Innovating Regions of Europe – Thematic Network Strengthening Academic Industrial Links (SAIL) Innovating Regions of Europe – Subgroup Science-Industry Co-operation Introduction

5 Policy Context

6 Co-operation and partnerships between business and Science as an instrument for enhancing innovation Increase research investment from 1.9% to 3% of GDP by 2010 Increase private sector investment to 2/3 of overall expenditure Increase the levels of research investment to support long-term innovation, growth and employment potential

7 Improvement of Industry- Science relationships Cultivation of Research / Increased Leverage Technology Absorption Capacity of Firms Industry Expenditure on Research and Development as a % of Overall R&D Expenditure (R&D Intensity) 0% 66%33% 100% Co-operation and partnerships between business and Science as an instrument for enhancing innovation

8 The Role Of Stakeholders

9 The Role of Stakeholders in the Knowledge Society Teaching Commercial -isation Internal Knowledge External Knowledge Co- operation Networks Knowledge Society Foresight / Research Priorities Innovation Strategies Future Skills Needs Policy Makers Business Research & Development Higher Education

10 Factors Affecting Science-Industry Co-operation Business Instrument Policy Education & Skills Development Foresight Co-operation University Resources Investment In R&D Innovation ServicesTeaching & ResearchFunding New Products & Services Networks Knowledge Transfer Knowledge Base Knowledge Audit Turnover Innovation System

11 The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: Policy Level (Regional & National) Quality related and assessed research Research papers, citations and patents Research outcomes rather than economic contribution Funding Allocation of funding for commercial (third stream) activity Equitable distribution of funds Establishing Priorities The role of foresight

12 Strategic Priorities Foresight Society & Industry Need Funding Future Skills Needs The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: Policy Level (Regional & National)

13 The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: University & Research Centre Level Focus on Technology Transfer Targeted at creative firms Role of university research and development offices Role of academic and business support staff Enhancing knowledge transfer Product & Market Development Institutional rules and incentive structures Delivery of innovation services Key account management Engagement processes Enhancing “absorptive capacity”

14 Pure & App Research Product & Market Development Teaching Route to Market: Awareness – Pilot Project - Consultancy Capacity Building The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: University and Research Centre Level

15 Measuring Outcomes and Impacts Renewal of products, processes and services Development of new products, processes and services Contribution of innovation products to turnover Focus on enhancing absorptive capacity Effective utilisation of internal knowledge, co- operation networks and external knowledge Progressing SMEs from low to high-level innovators Role of tacit knowledge “regional science” The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: Industry Level

16 Internal Knowledge Networks External Knowledge Introduction of New and Revised Products, Services and Processes New Sales Enterprise Support Knowledge** The Role Of Stakeholders in Science-Industry Collaboration: Industry Level

17 1.Extension of innovation services provided by universities & research centres 2.University & research centres as a gateway, broker and deliverer of services 3.Universities and research centres to employ business support specialists 4.Provision of core funding for business development (in addition to teaching and research) for universities to support co-operation at the local level 5.Regional & national agencies need to recognise and respond to their role in supporting “science-business co-operation” 6.Qualitative knowledge audits should be adopted within regions to identify the current and future knowledge (both tacit & coded) requirements of SMEs and industrial sectors Co-operation and partnerships between business and Science as an instrument for enhancing innovation : Key Issues

18 Contact Details Dr Clive WINTERS Programmes Director Coventry University Enterprises Ltd The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way Coventry CV1 2TT West Midlands, UK Tel: Fax:

19 Questions and Discussion

20 Discussion 1 Should universities & research centres be involved in commercialisation and business support activities? Do universities and research centres have the capacity and capability to support research commercialisation and to increase the “absorptive capacity” of SMEs? What activities should be delivered by universities and research centres to support business?

21 Discussion 2 What role should public agencies e.g. regional development agencies take in supporting both Universities & Research Centre and Business? How should funding from national and regional agencies be directed to support science-industry co-operation?

22 Discussion 3 How can “absorptive capacity” be improved within Business? What approaches should be undertaken to engaging SMEs with Universities and Research Centres? How do we progress business from funded support to commercial consultancy / applied research rates?

23 Regions as the driving forces of European competitiveness: From theory to practice Interregional Seminar and Partnership Fair Enhancing university-business co-operation Dr Clive Winters Coventry University Enterprises Ltd ‘s-Hertogenbosch 19th May 2006


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