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Production of Knowledge Revisited. The Impact of Academic Spin-Offs on public research performance in Europe

Objective

This project aims at analysing the interactions between public research institutions and academic spin-offs focusing on the impact of entrepreneurial activities on the academic research system. Based upon approaches in science policy studies and science studies and analysing the gains and losses of spin-off activities for public research institutions, PROKNOW examines the relevance of public and private forms of knowledge in innovative processes of knowledge production. Academic spin-offs often epitomize innovative forms of knowledge production and are thus an exemplary topic to study innovation processes in the interaction of science, industry and society.

PROKNOW proposes a European-wide comparison of research institutions in seven countries, including the three biggest research systems, Germany, France and the UK, the highly innovative systems of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland, and the associated candidate country Bulgaria. Institutionally PROKNOW compares different forms of public sector research institutions, for example university and extra-university institutions. In terms of economic sectors, the project focuses on life sciences, information sciences and nanotechnology. Thus, PROKNOW allows for analysing the institutional and organisational conditions for a profitable interaction between public research institutions and academic spin-offs.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-CITIZENS-5
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUER SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH
Address
Reichpietschufer 50
Berlin
Germany

Participants (6)

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG, ABWASSEREININGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
Address
Überlandstrasse 133
Dübendorf
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume, 27
Paris
INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Moskovska Street 13 A
Sofia
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
Address
Sussex House
Falmer, Brighton
VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
Espoo