This UIS interface schema relates to the set up and operation of online open innovation marketplaces connecting universities, RTOs, industries, SMEs and start-ups. Such platforms are designed to allow the brokerage of technology offers and requests or challenges. It aims to implement a new model for technology and knowledge transfer where a university can give insights into its research and capabilities to industry and RTOs. In turn, industry and RTOs will be able to post technology needs, innovation projects and research funding initiatives / opportunities for University stakeholders to directly respond by providing their technology, know-how, expertise and / or capabilities.
Universities benefit from such schemes by commercially exploiting their generated science and technology and by getting insight into the needs of the industry. Industry benefits from accessing published or non-published research output, and directly interact with academics in order to learn more and make better decisions regarding related industry R&D and innovation projects. Streamlining technology transfer and licensing through such marketplaces can result in increasing the actual rate of successful application of research results into industry and as an extension into society.
For the successful implementation of such schemas, the IP and knowledge protection issues as well as confidentiality issues of all stakeholders involved in the process need to be ensured. Furthermore, the participation of the researchers and relevant staff from both sides needs to be incentivised. More broadly speaking, an active and productive community needs to be maintained.
One example of open innovation marketplaces is Innoget, the trusted open innovation network where industry, RTOs, universities, SMEs, start-ups and experts themselves can connect with trusted partners around the globe to fast-track their innovation and research projects, get unique online collaboration opportunities and share knowledge about technologies with guaranteed protection of their intellectual property and confidentiality.