Knowledge transferin Research & Innovation
The importance of research and innovation for economic growth and wellbeing in Europe is ever increasing. However, Europe is perceived as doing better at producing high-level knowledge than at converting it into socio-economic benefits. In addition to the classical modes of transfer and dissemination of knowledge, such as publications and exchange of researchers, universities and other public research organisations need to more actively engage in the exploitation of publicly-funded research results, for instance through joint research with industry, patenting, licensing and spin-offs. Furthermore, new forms of knowledge transfer are emerging and spreading across Europe, such as co-creation and online platforms for multi-stakeholder interaction.
empirica co-ordinated the Knowledge Transfer Study 2010 – 2012, a high-profile project on behalf of the European Commission’s General Directorate Research and Innovation. This study was a major effort to collect up-to-date data about KT in Europe in surveys of knowledge transfer offices, enterprises and governments. The study also carried out 15 workshops covering 38 countries of the European Research Area and attracting more than 500 experts for identifying current and emerging issues in knowledge transfer.
Following the Knowledge Transfer Study, DG RTD charged empirica to carry out research about knowledge transfer networks as well as co-operation of knowledge transfer offices and how both could be improved, which is an issue of Innovation Union commitment number 21.
Governments, public research organisations and enterprises need sound data and guidance in order to improve their knowledge transfer activities. empirica offers quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis in the field of knowledge transfer, leading to empirically-based recommendations for policymakers, knowledge transfer office directors and business managers.