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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.

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Coordinator

WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUER SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH

Address

Reichpietschufer 50
Berlin

Germany

Administrative Contact

Andreas KNIE (Prof.)

Participants (6)

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EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG, ABWASSEREININGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES

France

INSTITUTE OF SOCIOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28577

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 533 520

  • EU contribution

    € 1 130 000

Coordinated by:

WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUER SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH

Germany