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RIS Research Infrastructure Network

Connecting publicly funded agrifood research infrastructure to the market.


Once completed, you will be able to:

  • Define commercial services, identify key differentiators and value added of the agrifood research infrastructure owned by the scientific institution.
  • Understand the differentiated needs, values, and preferences of distinctive partners/clients related to research infrastructure and how to prepare marketing collateral using adjusted messaging for these audiences.
  • Identify potential partners/clients by means of specialist industrial and patent databases and initiate contacts with them through multiple channels and platforms.
  • Understand how to analyse and mitigate risks associated with using publicly funded research infrastructure for commercial purposes and how to price offered commercial services using different cost and pricing models.
  • Understand legal challenges concerning funding agencies’ requirements and state aid rules as well as principles of protection of intellectual property rights while using publicly funded research infrastructure for commercial purposes.

The ideal team application for RIS RIN in 2022 should:

  • Composed of at least four members working in scientific organisations and involve in management and commercialisation of publicly funded research infrastructure (e.g. scientist, manager/director, specialist/technician, researcher, visiting researcher, research assistant, commercialisation specialist, IP specialist, etc.);
  • Each team additionally could include up to two representatives of the regional authority, national agency or municipality who oversee publicly funded research infrastructure (e.g. supervisory, funding, monitoring, policy-making, contact point for research programmes of the EU, etc.);
  • Reside and work in one of the countries or regions covered by EIT RIS;
  • The university or research institute of team members owns publicly funded research infrastructure in one of the EIT Food focus areas, including targeted nutrition, sustainable aquaculture, sustainable agriculture, alternative proteins, digital transformation of traceability, or circular food systems.


This programme has the following advantages:

  • Training based on highly interactive learning methods allows participants to understand the agrifood sector needs and demands relevant to their equipment and R&D infrastructure;
  • Lectures offering insights on how to identify key technological assets and leverage research infrastructure for the use in commercially oriented activities, including contract R&D for the industry, joint R&D projects, specialized services, or spinning off innovative companies.
  • An opportunity to develop profession-related competencies;
  • Dedicated support from leading experts in the agrifood research and innovation management;
  • Participants do not pay tuition fee;
  • Be awarded a professional training certificate.

Duration & Dates

EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network will be held online on 7, 21 April, 12, 26 May, 9 June, 29 September, and 20 October with a final session on 29 November 2022.

Audience & Eligibility

Professionals in agri-food sector


Advanced professional





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Structure & Modules

EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network (RIS RIN) is a capacity-building programme designed to support aspiring managers and scientists working in scientific organisations that own publicly funded research infrastructure related to the agrifood sector as well as involve regional/national authorities who oversee such research infrastructure from the countries covered by the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS). It provides participants with highly interactive training and dedicated support by leading European experts in agrifood research and innovation management (EIT Food Partner) based on best commercialisation practices, tools and techniques to enhance their research infrastructure's commercial use and visibility, identify potential agrifood partners and stimulate the science-industry collaboration.

EIT Food RIS RIN edition 2022 will focus on seven substantive modules that address the interdisciplinary nature of publicly funded research infrastructures commercialisation as follow: The first module explains the methodology, what potentially could be commercialised by the scientific organisations, the roles of research infrastructures in agrifood industry innovation and the key issues to focus on. The second module teaches how to analyse and identify the key commercially relevant research infrastructure. The third module offers advice and techniques on how to develop marketing collateral to promote the unique infrastructures and competencies. Using different tools and techniques, in the fourth and fifth modules, it elaborates on how to identify potential partners/clients by means of specialist industrial and patent databases, initiating contacts with potential partners through multiple channels including cold calling, emails, LinkedIn and other platforms. The sixth module offers an in-depth look at how to price the use of publicly funded research infrastructure. Finally, the seven module teaches how to set up operational plans for risk management, intellectual property management, and how to deal with the challenges of public aid related to the publicly co-funded research infrastructures and legal modalities of specific countries and institutions. At the end of the programme, participants will be able to use different commercialisation mechanisms, tools, and techniques to enhance the commercial use and visibility of their publicly funded research infrastructure in the agrifood sector on regional, national, and EU levels.

Programme lead

Mansour Esmaeil Zaei

Project Coordinator InfraBooster

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Krzysztof Klincewicz

Activity Lead at EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs and EIT Food RIS Public Sector Representatives

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