Valorisation of research and innovation infrastructures improves the impact of public investment

Evening view of Florence

Further prospects for InnoHEIs project were presented within The XX Triple Helix Conference – Governing new and traditional partnerships for innovation and development in the post-pandemic world in June 27-29, 2022. Onsite event took place in Florence Italy, however in the spirit of post-pandemic era, also remote presentation and participation was enabled.

To accelerate the uptake of research and innovation results by society, the EU valorisation policy has been introduced. It aims to involve all the players in the process to transform these results into sustainable products, processes and services that bring added value and sustainable impact on the society at all dimensions, namely economically, environmentally, and socially.

One practical element to contribute to the improved valorisation level concerns the existing and new research and innovation infrastructures (RIIs), especially hosted by educational institutions. They often require extensive and long-term investments in both new technologies and high levels of expertise. However, the utilisation degree is frequently relatively low due to missing or inappropriate service models.

Key Features of TAMK’s Approach

As a practically oriented higher education institution, Tampere University of Applied Sciences builds bridges between research and innovation. We want to make a significant impact to the competitiveness and wellbeing of our partner stakeholders. Tools for this include capacity building actions, updating and upskilling of future competences, and participating in creating new innovations and businesses.

The Knowledge Transfer Charter (KTC) developed in TAMK provides a unique toolbox to support these aims. The process builds on offering the stakeholders our research and innovation infrastructures as demonstration, piloting and testing environments for hand-on experimentation of new innovative technologies and services.

Achievements & Learnings of the Valorisation in the InnoHEIs Project

The THC2022 evaluation committee approved our abstract and an oral presentation was held online at the end of June 2022. The main points described the close collaboration within a joint project and target setting has significantly improved the dialogue and common understanding of between the university and public authority. In addition to the involvement of these two axes of the Triple Helix, also other relevant stakeholders such as industry support organisations, companies and SMEs, and representatives of the education innovation ecosystem have been actively included in the strategic planning and guidance. In this way, co-creative processes focusing on strengthening the missing links in the usage of research and innovation infrastructures have been established.

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Text: Hanna-Greta Puurtinen