Study on Knowledge Transfer and Open Innovation

Start Date: December, 2013
End Date: June, 2018
Client: Service contract for the European Commission – DG RTD

The study aims to develop an EU wide information system on open innovation and knowledge transfer in science-business cooperation. This includes an analysis of state-of-the art practices and emerging trends in open innovation and knowledge transfer. Within the proposed study sophisticated indicators will be used and further developed to measure knowledge transfer and open innovation in a quantitative and qualitative way. The study includes an in-depth analysis of the performance of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), Public Research Organisations (PROs) and enterprises in knowledge transfer through new and emerging mechanisms outlining success factors, barriers and challenges from the perception of stakeholders.

In summary, the proposed study aims to identify, analyse and synthesise various ways of knowledge transfer from the perspective of an open innovation paradigm all over Europe at different points of time in a comprehensive, comparable and clear manner. Finally, a set of recommendations will be given to develop a comprehensive policy approach to knowledge transfer and open innovation and to identify additional instruments at operational level to ensure an optimal flow of knowledge between the HEI/PRO and business.

The study has been commissioned to JIIP by DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD).


In addition to the four JIIP members, Valdani Vicari & Associati (VVA) is involved as as consortium partner. Tech4I2 and GDCC provide services as subcontractors.

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