Strategic development of collaboration and verification at Stockholm University
|Coordinator||Stockholms universitet - Avdelningen för externa kontakter|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 7 942 136|
|Project duration||January 2015 - April 2018|
Purpose and goal
The twin projects Appointed Liaison Officers and Verification for Growth had the aim to develop and strengthen the support for collaboration and innovation at Stockholm University. Overall, both projects have fulfilled these aims and contributed to a higher level of knowledge, skills and results in these areas, as well as a tighter intra-disciplinary network within the University. Another result is a well-functioning validation support process for research-based innovation projects.
Expected results and effects
The Liaison Officers have arranged a wide array of activities aiming to raise awareness and knowledge of collaboration among researchers and teachers. Several Officers have been engaged in and influenced the strategy and planning work on Department as well as Faculty level. The VFT project has enabled the verification of research-based innovations across all four faculties. Immediate effects are a number of start-ups, several continuing projects and an increasing interest for innovation at the University.
Planned approach and implementation
Responsibility for 4-7 departments per Liaison Officer was demanding and should be adjusted in a future version. The Officers worked individually as well as in groups and met regularly with the project leader to receive and share information and experiences, with very positive results. The VFT project has financed research-based innovation projects. These have been supported by a coach in the process to verify their innovation potential. Other activities have been outsourced to external subcontractors. Overall, VFT has worked very well as a filter for "go/no-go" decisions.