New project management literature is being published every day. Only a few are relevant to the circumstances that encompass researchers and their work. Methods with a likelihood to enhance research results or shorten the time span are evaluated and eventually added. At every launch of a new Bioeconomy Programme, an enhanced project methodology is used. We also offer prioritised Faster Ahead projects where resources are allocated dynamically depending on how many brains are needed at a certain point.
Three years has become a too long time for most research work. To accelerate innovation, the duration of the programme is changed from three to two plus two years. To balance short-term value delivery with long-term strategic direction, all activities will be steered towards the research targets for 2024. After the first two years, there will be tollgate decisions for all consortia on whether the activities should continue or not. Many appreciate research in a larger context for one or two years and then continue in bilateral mode for a year or two with only RISE.
The main offer here is that three years of research now can be performed in two years.
In the new project management model, a leadership with close co-operation of project manager and research leader is introduced. While the research manager focuses on leading the team towards results, the project manager optimises resources, environments and relations to achieve effective research. They have all of RISE infrastructure at their disposal with test beds and facilities for demonstrations.
Whereas former programmes were based on Innventia knowledge, the new programme can involve adjoining areas at RISE to widen knowledge and get input with other perspectives. The full range of RISE more than 100 testbeds are available for trials and production of demonstrators.
18 months ahead of the programme start in January 2021, in summer 2019, preparations started with drafts of new hypotheses in internal discussions. As they evolved first contacts with the industry were initiated for early feedback. The more elaborated the hypotheses became, the more contact with the companies. About a year ahead of start the first steps to form research consortia with one or two main stakeholders are taken. More stakeholders that complement the research work or can take advantage of the results, are contacted. As advanced research requires ample funding it is vital for all that a number of partners can share the cost. It is a success factor with active partners, a certain filtering is done to ensure partners that contribute. Some hypotheses are a first step on solutions that are well into the future, others will make it possible to introduce new methods in production within the project.
Final consortia are targeted for the summer before start to make space for writing all the agreements which can take some time. A main topic is IPR and what patents and trade secrets that each partner brings into the project and how rights to the results are to be divided. Read more of how IPR questions are managed in “Patents and IPR” in the menu to the right. ↗