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A dedicated postdoctoral research and training programme fostering impact development and entrepreneurship

Project description

Vrije Universiteit Brussel training on innovation and entrepreneurship

Europe aims at a leading role in the global race for innovation. The EU is pursuing closer collaboration between scientists, entrepreneurs and civil society to support efforts in achieving this goal. As the future of innovation leadership of the EU relies on knowledge and technology transfer, postdoctoral researchers represent considerable potential in triggering economic and social effects. The EU-funded IMPACT project, promoted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will establish a postdoctoral research and training programme encouraging impact development and entrepreneurship. The project will provide 20 postdoctoral researchers with the necessary knowledge and technology transfer skills to assume leading positions in academia, business and civil society.

Objective

BROADER CHALLENGE
Europe is currently facing several challenges in its R&I landscape. Studies have shown that the European Union is struggling to keep up in the global race for innovation, and that stronger collaborations between academia, business and civil society are needed to counter this trend. Consequently, the future of innovation leadership in the EU goes hand in hand with knowledge and technology transfer.
In addition to this observation, research focusing on the practices of TTOs has identified an underexplored opportunity in knowledge and technology transfer, i.e. the inclusion of postdoctoral researchers in the process. Postdocs can have tremendous potential in triggering economic and social impact, while training in knowledge and technology transfer can significantly expand their career development.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE
With imπACT, VUB wants to address these challenges on a local scale, by deploying a postdoctoral research and training programme fostering impact development and entrepreneurship. We will deliver 20 postdoctoral researchers equipped with the necessary knowledge and technology transfer skills to take up leadership positions in academia, business and civil society and to deploy intersectoral solutions the European R&I landscape so much needs.

This overall objective will be met through a set of specific objectives focusing on the development and implementation of the imπACT structure, more specifically on:
- The recruitment of postdoctoral fellows
- The impact- and entrepreneurship-driven research
- The dedicated training programme fostering impact development and entrepreneurship
- The dissemination, exploitation and communication activities

Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Net EU contribution
€ 1 471 200,00
Address
PLEINLAAN 2
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel
Belgium

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 2 942 400,00