Utilisation from research is needed but there are no recipees. We can learn from each other. Sharing experiences and practices creates a toolbox that we can apply to our own cases. Mikael has various experiences since 2005 in creating utilisation from own start-ups, supporting colleagues in start-ups, technology transfer, national innovation programmes, smart specialisation etc.
This training is not about IPR, business plans, etc. It is about understanding how the research fits in other contexts than the scientific one. That creates the next step from research, and finds in practice the ways to progress in utilisation.
Research and innovation is challenged by the unknown factors which are part of the development. Utilisation has many possible routes. Therefore it is a need to consider other contexts, such as regional economic growth. Then the utilisation can position itself in a way that makes sense. The researcher gets a natural motivation for projects.
There is an added value for projects and funding applications by understanding how motivations match for both technology development and regional economic growth. In Europe the regional economic growth is pushed by RIS3 – Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation – which is introduced by European Commission. Here we share the idea of smart specialisation, and explain why smart specialisation create challenges and opportunities.
We also introduce the innovator support model – Innovator GISMODEL (Global and local model). This is a way to support researchers with utilisation intentions, and innovators, to have support in the utilisation steps. The findings are often in international context. The local (innovator) and international relevance becomes important. That brings us back to alignment with regional economic growth and other broader context are important.