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Report on MarineTT workshop on "How do we get Innovation from Research? Bringing together and learning from pioneering initiatives and novel approaches" 19 July 2012 - Agenda (pdf

MarineTT – How to get more Innovation from Research


To view the full Workshop Report please click here.

The MarineTT consortium hosted a workshop, “How do we get more Innovation from Research? Bringing together and learning from pioneering initiatives and novel approaches”, in Brussels on the 19 July 2012. Representatives from over 16 different initiatives debated the critical barriers for getting innovation from research. The workshop's outcomes will contribute to the development of a practical set of recommendations that can potentially be used to overcome these barriers by making adjustments to the research governance system.

MarineTT is a timely FP7 Support Action that pilots new methodologies and tools for capturing, analysing and transferring knowledge from past and in-progress EC projects. The overall aim is to develop improved systems that can measurably demonstrate value creation from research investments.

There are several initiatives at EC and Member State level running in parallel to MarineTT that also aim to develop methodologies, tools and processes for managing and transferring knowledge from RTD. Coordinators and representatives from these initiatives as well as policy-makers participated in the workshop. The workshop format was highly engaging and required contributions from all participants via a series of intense brainstorming sessions on different aspects of the research governance system.

Please click here to view introductory presentations from the workshop.

Participants were presented with 12 critical barriers to innovation from research, which had been identified by survey before and validated during the first MarineTT workshop, “From Marine RTD to Measurable Value Creation” (Brussels - 23 May 2012). Participants were asked to propose possible actions and solutions to overcome each barrier, with each participant having the option to validate or refute actions based on their own experiences and findings.

David Murphy, manager of AquaTT and coordinator of MarineTT said: “During the course of MarineTT we have gained a number of insights into how knowledge is currently managed and how this is affecting innovation. We believe that a collective set of recommendations co-authored from a broad range of initiatives will provide the basis and evidence for change and be better able to influence the existing research governance system.”

Workshop to Explore the Challenges and Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer, Brussels 23rd May 2012 - Agenda [pdf]


"Europe consistently falls short in turning R&D results into commercial opportunities, innovations and jobs" (Jan Figel – past European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth). MarineTT is an FP7 Support Action that has been piloting new methodologies and tools for capturing, analysing and transferring knowledge from past and in-progress EC projects. MarineTT believes that there are potentially multiple and interlinked barriers to innovation from research knowledge. While effective knowledge transfer is a significant challenge, we suggest that there are also problems in the research system from Research Prioritisation, Design of
Funding Calls, The Application Process, Proposal Evaluation, Proposal Negotiation, Research Implementation, Knowledge Capture, Knowledge transfer, and Impact Measurement. 

In this context MarineTT convened a workshop seeking stakeholder input (Research, Policy, Industry and Knowledge Management) to map and explore the barriers to knowledge capture, transfer and uptake of research for innovation that exist in the current research environment. The workshop began with presentations on the research needs of various stakeholders (Policy makers at EU and Member State level and Industry) and projects utilising innovative Knowledge Transfer methods.




(Please CLICK HERE for a link to presentations). 

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Participants were surveyed to identify barriers to knowledge transfer along the entire length of the research lifecycle. A total of 67 barriers to knowledge transfer and uptake for innovation were identified by the group and ranked. An Interactive Management (IM) methodology was used developed a structural map which is a visual representation of the top 12 ranked barriers to knowledge transfer.


(Figure 1. Structural Map of 12 top ranking barriers to Knowledge Transfer and uptake of research from  MarineTT workshop – From Marine RTD to Measurable Value Creation).

The four critical barriers to knowledge transfer and uptake of research for innovation are:

  • The established Scientific Research Infrastructure and Culture is not designed for rapid and responsive innovation.
  • Lack of understanding on how to carry out knowledge transfer.
  • Publicly funded research agendas do not always address the needs of end.
  • End-users do not always have the capacity or motivation to take up results and use them.

Participants provided over 54 options to resolve these critical 4 barriers – ideas ranged from changing incentives for researchers to engage in more active Knowledge Transfer to developing Best Practice guidelines for Knowledge Transferand Training for researchers. Changing the research project format to be more responsive to change and allow flexibility to respond to innovation was also cited as a possible solution to increasing innovation from research.

The full workshop report can be DOWNLOADED HERE. 



Regional Advisory Council, Fisheries (RAC) Coordination Meeting, Brussels February 2012

Brussels Showcase, June 2011

Please click on the links below to view/download presentations from the MarineTT Lunchtime Showcase (.pdf format)

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 244164. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.

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