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INtegrated Support of oPen Innovation pRofessionalization initiative

Objective

Current research and practice on Open Innovation (OI) has not given emphasis on the ability of SMEs to develop and implement OI strategies - the lessons learned from large firms are not readily transferable to their context. INSPIRE aims to thoroughly investigate how OI is managed and organised in SMEs in order to leverage and expand the existing scattered initiatives and professionalize their services. The project seeks to understand in depth good practices of OI in SMEs across Europe, including the barriers they experience, the critical success factors and the open innovation ‘pathways’ they follow. Good practices will be identified in all varieties of SMEs in terms of economic context, innovation trajectory (e.g. both high-tech and low-tech SMEs) and stage of lifetime. The understanding of good practices will allow the design, development and validation of an Integrated Toolbox for OI in SMEs to enable the professional management of OI by SMEs in various kinds of open innovation initiatives (e.g. facilitated by large corporations, private-public partnerships). The Toolbox will include good practices, indicators and management modules to support the internal innovation activities of an SME and their interaction with OI partners. The Toolbox will be modular and it will include three prototypical scenarios of usage that can be flexibly adjusted to individual needs of SMEs. The Integrated Toolbox will be developed as a web platform and it will be validated through a series of pilots in real life OI projects carried out by SMEs across Europe. Moreover, the project will develop a deployment plan for the Open Innovation System to initiate an EU-wide strategic engagement of innovation stakeholders and spread the practices of OI. The consortium includes a variety of competencies to access the whole Open Innovation chain across a range of geographical, economic and SMEs’ contexts and includes academics, practitioners and intermediaries working with SMEs on Open Innovation.

Call for proposal

H2020-INNOSUP-2015-3
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
Address
Lewes Road Mithras House
BN2 4AT Brighton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 401 040

Participants (8)

LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 159 875
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Stiftelsen IMIT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 194 250
Address
Vera Sandbergs Alle
41296 Gothenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
VERHAERT NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 180 075
Address
Hogenakkerhoekstraat 21
9150 Kruibeke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KNOWLEDGE & INNOVATION CONSULTANTS SYMVOULEFTIKI MONOPROSOPI EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 189 625
Address
Pentelis Avenue 104 Metamorfoseos 1
15234 Chalandri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIESOJI ISTAIGA LIETUVOS INOVACIJU CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 101 125
Address
T. Sevcenkos 13
LT-03223 Vilnius
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
TII ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LE TRANSFERT DES TECHNOLOGIES ASBL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 182 877
Address
Rue Du Chateau 67
1329 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 177 000
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION ESADE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 875
Address
Avenida Pedralbes 60-62
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments