Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The REBASING project intends to develop a comprehensive work program to improve the cooperation between universities, research centres and enterprises, thus empowering the capacity of companies to exploit innovation and introduce it in their working routines. The core of the transfer action is the research based competence broker: this professional figure is able to analyse the enterprises’ needs in terms of technological and organisational innovation and link needs to universities capacity to provide for innovative solutions. REBASING trusts that the broker can significantly operate to improve the quality of cooperation between two environments (university and enterprises) which is often fragmented and inefficient.
Summary The REBASING project intended to develop a comprehensive work program to improve the cooperation between universities, research centres and enterprises, thus empowering the capacity of companies to exploit innovation and introduce it in their working routines. The modernisation of universities’ system and the development of the relation with the productive world are the main challenges of the project, dealt with by transferring a very practical approach developed in Norway within the context of the Regional Programme for innovation research and development. The core of the transfer action was the research based competence broker: this professional figure is able to analyse the enterprises’ needs in terms of technological and organisational innovation and link needs to universities capacity to provide for innovative solutions. REBASING trusts that the broker can significantly operate to improve the quality of cooperation between two environments (university and enterprises) which is often fragmented and inefficient. REBASING provided a comprehensive set of outcomes: first of all, the project provided an analysis of the success factors of the Norwegian experience and their comparison with the characteristics of recipient countries setting the stage for the transfer action. Secondly, the broker profile has been tested into local conditions in order to ease its transferability. Moreover, the profile has been structured according to the ECVET and EQF scheme (knowledge, skills, competencies) in order to make it more transparent and usable all over the EU. Third of all, the profile has been transferred in recipient countries by experimenting it with key professionals and by exploiting their capacity within the context of Open Innovation networks. Eventually, REBASING will impact after the end of project both on local relations between universities and enterprises and on VET systems. In the first case, cooperation between companies and the academic world will be less fragmented than it is now and cooperation will lead to a better exploitation of the potential of university to satisfy companies’ needs. Local VET systems will be improved via the availability of a new profile structured according ECVET and EQF standards, which make it more transparent and transferable across the EU.
The research-based broker profile transferred from Norway to partners countries has been connected to the European Credit System for Vocational and Educational Training (ECVET) and the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The description of the profile in terms of knowledge, skills and competences facilitates the transfer at EU level.
A test through Innovation audits has been driven in each partner's countries, in order to provide feedbacks on the adaptation of the broker activities at local level, showing the broker competences change on the basis of the organisation type, independently from national contexts.
A context analysis connected to the perfomance analysis of the local/regional innovation systems has been carried out, together with a literature review and comparison of the broker activities necessary to define the profile.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Performance analysis and literature review on the role of Formal/informal brokers at regional and national level in: Hordaland/Norway - Veneto and Campania/Italy, Saxony/Germany, Estonia, Ticino/Switzerland.
Competence Broker profile: identification of competence units, defined on ECVET /EQF standards and described in terms of Knowledge, skills and competences in Italian, Estonian and German with translation in English. The activity also suggested methodologies to train the brokers.
Identification of 5 Open Innovation networks and implementation of 12 Open Innovation audits in IT, EE, DE, CH.