Out of the lab EFFECTs Unleashing FET reseach into society
“Human progress has always been driven by
a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking”
Targets and messages
Innovation in FET
The way to the market
• Events can aggregate different sets of stakeholders around the FET themes
• A business-related mindset is necessary to build a research and innovation ecosystem around a theme
• The Technology Readiness Level and the maturity of the project is a major factor when considering how to access exploitable opportunities within these events
• Trade fairs and specific industry events can be used to share results, and connect with networks to explore future development paths
• Business Innovation Centres’ ecosystems can enhance opportunities for collaboration, networking and knowledge transfer
Read a summary of the first EFFECT and FET2RIN Meet & Match event.
Involve key actors in the exploitation path
Business coaching and mentoring can form the basis to utilise promising FET results and identify relevant business needs.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot provides continuous support for this market-creating innovation. SMEs participating in FET could access different services aiming to support the exploitation of FET results that have already received feedback on where their projects can be strengthened. These services are mainly represented by technology patenting, defining a more structured market approach strategy, and designing a new organisational model to improve Innovation Management Capacity.
Effective public engagement is more than just meeting an audience and communicating research. It is a two-way communication, with the researchers listening to and learning from participants and vice-versa. There are various ways to do this: off-line through events, print publications and participatory workshops, or online via digital news and social media.
The European Researchers’ night
Scientists have a wide range of outreach activities to choose from to thrill and engage their spectators. Examples vary from hands-on experiments to guided tours to the labs, science cafés, exhibitions and debates.
More info on how to apply to the EU Researchers’ Night
Engage with your online community
Policy engagement in FET
Policy engagement in FETWhy collaborative research, with low readiness levels and in deep technologies, should be supported at the European level? How can high-risk research impact on society and create new markets?
The Horizon 2020 FET programme, with its unique combination of multidisciplinary collaborations, long-term vision, novel technologies, disruptive innovation and scientific excellence is particularly well-suited to achieve this objective.
The identification of new opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and visionary technologies should be at the focus of FET research and innovation ecosystems, providing data and information to policy makers to support political responses to global challenges.
Main takeaways from the OBSERVE project achievements
The European policy dimension
FET offers unique opportunities to start-ups and high-tech SMEs to collaborate with excellent research communities in high-risk projects, delivering disruptive technologies that may change the world’s future.
The collaborative dimension in FET is a basis to foster technological innovation and future social impacts. It is therefore essential to define collaboration as the major asset capable of contributing to market-creating technologies and leading R&I capacity at a European and global scale.
Summary of the key recommendations from ‘The FET Programme towards 2030’ event, organised by the EFFECT project at the European Parliament, on March 7, 2018
Regional support for European impactTo unlock the full potential of high-risk research results it is necessary to create spaces for collaboration also at regional level.
Innovation hubs represent a good example of collaboration platforms bringing together academia, public authorities and industry.
Improved communication and knowledge transfer of FET projects’ results at regional level needs to be supported to identify innovation potential.
Collaboration and alliances between regions sharing the same smart specialisation strategies can promote joint investments to support research results with potential innovative applications in specific sectors.
Summary of the key recommendations from the co-design workshop “FET innovation ecosystems: regional support for a European impact” organized by the EFFECT project with European Regional Representatives, Brussels, October 25, 2018