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Periodic Report Summary 2 - INNOENERGY PATHWAYS (InnoEnergy Pathways)

The ambition of the InnoEnergy Pathways programme is to offer a life-long training opportunity to researchers willing to value or to open their career to innovation development and transfer into economic and societal value, in the field of sustainable energy. Techno-entrepreneurship and innovation dimensions are offered to researchers willing to develop additional and new competencies around their scientific and technological knowledge and experience. The programme objective is also to offer individuals with a management science background the possibility to apply their social sciences knowledge to specific technological developments in the framework of innovation-related projects. The success of InnoEnergy Pathways lies in its ability to generate, through individual career choices and involvement, future “agitators” of this innovation-sound approach. An objective of the programme is to contribute to the mobility of researchers in Europe. The successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to carry out their project in the context of innovation-related projects developed around various new energy technologies by InnoEnergy European partners. This fellowship programme is, in its first phase, limited to the incoming mobility scheme and intentionally focused on researchers with less than 10 years of research experience in technological sciences or in management sciences. Each fellowship will be awarded for 2 years. The individual fellows’ projects (hosted by a InnoEnergy partner) will include a 6-month “disruptive period”, depending on their background, during which the fellows will devote themselves either to innovation activities (for “hard science skilled fellow”) or to actual applied innovation activities (for “soft science skilled fellows”) regardless of the stage of the innovation process reached by the related Innovation project might be at (creativity, market assessment, marketing...).
The fellows will also be participating to a InnoEnergy summer or winter school, mixing technosciences and social sciences perspectives on research and innovation projects, possibly together with other InnoEnergy researchers like Ph.D. or Master’s students, to share and advance collectively on innovation opportunities. At least once during their fellowship, the fellows will present their work in a “Innovation Pathways experience Workshop” where innovation models, practices, results, successes, problems, and new challenges will be addressed together within the InnoEnergy research and innovation community. In addition to their individual R&I project the participation of InnoEnergy Pathways fellows to one summer/winter school and to one workshop will be compulsory and contribute to build a common InnoEnergy Pathways culture and “quality label” based on common and shared practices and experiences. The evaluation and selection criteria are designed to allow the InnoEnergy Pathways programme to select the promising “innovation-agitators” the sustainable energy community is awaiting. Beside their scientific background they will have to demonstrate (1) a sustained personal motivation for developing technological innovations (product, process, services or organization) in the energy field, and (2) a commitment to participating in the three parts of the InnoEnergy Pathways training programme: “disruptive period”, summer or winter school, and workshop. This motivation and commitment will be evaluated through answers to specific questions included in the application. The evaluation and selection process will occur as the applications arrive (open call), complying with highest international evaluation standards: evaluation by at least 3 evaluators representing (1) both sectors (academic and industrial), (2) both technological and social sciences and (3) both gender.
The InnoEnergy Pathways Programme aims to spark off and accompany the “blooming” of open-minded entrepreneurial researchers able to define their own pathways to become:
• Agitators of techno-innovation oriented activities in labs,
• Useful mediators between academic and industrial sectors,
• Business creators that Europe is awaiting.

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