Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
This study deals with the future of Open Collaborative Research in Europe. "Open collaborative" research is defined as research that is risky, potentially transformative, foundational, bottom-up, interdisciplinary, technology driven, and collaborative. The main findings of the study are as follows:
Societal and economic challenges require new models of research.
The internal dynamics of science requires a fast and collaborative approach to research.
Existing thematic (top-down) programmes are too slow and too narrow to respond to these societal, economic and scientific challenges. Thus, the Open Collaborative Reserach model will become more prominent in the future.
Fostering the Open Collaborative mode of doing reserach in Europe
requires a firm decision for a centralised approach. Embedding many
small Open Collaborative Research programmes into existing programme
lines will not generate the required effects.
Open Collaborative Research?
it focuses on new ideas which are foundational and which may have a transformative character,ET Open today
it is risky (possibility to fail),
it is bottom-up (defined by researchers),
it has a fast and slim selection process,
it is collaborative (involves several researchers),
it is interdisciplinary,
it is purpose-driven, which means that it aims at technology development.
it is not mainstream research,
it is not about small changes of existing models or approaches,
it does not follow a policy agenda, a work programme or pre-defined research topics,
it does not rely on track record alone,
it is not descipline-oriented research,
it is not pure basic science.
FET Open today
The FET Open programme of the European Commission is positioned as
'the incubator for radically new research ideas and future research and
(http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/fet-open/home_en.html). FET Open aims
to stimulate and capture new opportunities and developments in science
and technology as they emerge.
Is open to any new ideas, it is bottom-up with no predefined themes
Is open at any time: a continuously open call
Is open to anyone: anonymous evaluation of first step proposals
Has a light and fast selection process: a two-step process starting with a short proposal
The funding agency, the researchers and the wider world form a virtuous symbiotic relationship
The administrative processes capture the spirit of opportunity and keep new ideas flowing and capture the value from these ideas
Open Collaborative Research will be stronger and more significant than today
The European agency, institution or unit for funding Open Collaborative
Research is well-known as a generator for ideas and innovations in
Europe and even worldwide
The future funding of Open Collaborative Research not only covers ICT
and neighbouring fields, but is open to all of science and technology
Open Collaborative Research has become a major pillar within the
European research funding landscape and successfully complements the
Comparison of responses to desired and current situation.
1 = 'not at all' to 5 = 'very much'; the others are in-between
Completed project (01/2011 – 2012)
European Commission, DG Information Society and Media
AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology), Vienna
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