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RIS Research Infrastructure Network

RIS Research Infrastructure Network

Connecting publicly funded agrifood research infrastructure to the market.

Application for 2022 will be OPEN on February 1st!

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.

Join our 2nd cohort, if you are eager to boost your professional competencies, entrepreneurial skills, and strengthen collaboration with food & agriculture eco-systems in your country and EU!

Key Features

  • 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.

Programme

The program is comprised of 8 days of online classes, workshops and mentoring sessions followed by several assignments spread across eight months and delivered by leading European experts in agrifood research and innovation management (EIT Food Partner), providing their expertise and experience in research infrastructures commercialisation and innovation management relevant to the contemporary agrifood system.

It is highly interactive and features various learning methods (e.g., lectures, presentations, team assignments, Q&A) incorporated with mentoring sessions. The program ends with each team presentation on their research infrastructure commercialisation plan in an open session to experts from European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), EIT Food, EIT Food partners, and officials from Central, Southern and Eastern European countries via online video conference on 29th November 2022 (TBC).

Key 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 (TBC).

Applications are open from 1st February till 15th March 2022.

Please check out the EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network brochure featuring some of the aspects of the programme.

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How to Apply

The program aims at public sector representatives from countries and regions, covered by EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS), including:

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine,
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

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;

All workshops will be held only in English. Therefore at least a working knowledge of this language is required.

Please note that we expect active, consistent engagement in EIT Food RIS RIN – this requires a virtual (online) presence from the participants at all days of online training and coaching sessions, followed by a project presentation day on November 29, 2022 (TBC).

To join the program the applicant needs to fill in the application form on the EIT Food Application Portal.

Please remember to read TERMS & CONDITIONS before applying to the EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network.

EIT Food RIS RIN 2021 - Summary

In 2021, the University of Warsaw launched the pilot implementation of EIT Food Research Infrastructure Network (RIS RIN). RIS RIN is part of EIT Food RIS Public Sector Representatives Activity Line (PSRAL).

It is a professional training program supporting scientific organizations from RIS countries in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe that own agri-food research infrastructures. During the program, participants were offered the capacity building to enhance the commercial use and visibility of their research infrastructures, identify potential agrifood partners and stimulate the science-industry collaboration.

The 2021 cohort of participants started their RIS RIN training in September 2021. The program was delivered online due to the new COVID-19 restrictions. The online delivery format of the program allowed to accommodate more participants than initially planned. It allowed for a more paced approach to knowledge transfer, repeated interactions with trainers and mentors and stepwise team assignments with regular feedback, so it actually proved more effective than shorter face-to-face sessions. Teams representing 14 public sector organisations (universities and regional/national authorities) were selected in an open call, coming from Italy, Romania and Spain - countries targeted by the pilot program. Between September and November 2021, the teams attended regular online training modules, which helped them identify their key technological assets and leverage their research infrastructure for use in commercially oriented activities, including contract R&D for the industry, joint R&D projects, specialized services or spinning off innovative companies.

Participants were supported by trainers and mentors from the University of Warsaw, DIL (German Institute of Food Technologies) and the Polish Academy of Sciences. The training modules concerned among others:

  • identification of key commercially relevant research infrastructure,
  • developing marketing collateral to promote the unique infrastructures and competencies,
  • identifying 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,
  • setting up operational plans for risk management,
  • intellectual-property management,
  • dealing with the challenges of public aid related to the publicly co-funded research infrastructures and legal modalities of specific countries and institutions.

Participants were preparing regular, weekly assignments, acquiring subsequent skills and gradually building their competencies. The training modules culminated in December with presentations of commercialisation plans by each of the participating institutions, aimed at boosting innovation capacities of their institutions and regional ecosystems.
The pilot of 2021 forms the basis for the development of a larger-scale RIS RIN program for 2022 when the training becomes available to participants from all RIS countries. The organizers will leverage the pilot activity to anticipate potential challenges in scaling up the program to multiple countries with diverse legal systems and national financial frameworks that support research infrastructures in universities and research institutes.
The well-structured content of the program, interactive training and helpdesk functionality offered by organizers reflected positively in participants’ feedback, where over 90% agreed or strongly agreed that the program met their expectations.

 

COVID-19

Due to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network will be delivered online using digital tools.

Partners

University of Warsaw
IARFR PAS
DIL

Project Lead

Krzysztof Klincewicz
Institution

University of Warsaw

Role

Activity Lead at EIT Food RIS Public Sector Representatives Activity Line

Contact details

kklincewicz@wz.uw.edu.pl

Mansour Esmaeil Zaei
Institution

University of Warsaw

Role

Project Coordinator at EIT Food RIS Research Infrastructure Network

Contact details

mez@wz.uw.edu.pl

Piotr Nawrocki
Institution

University of Warsaw

Role

Project Coordinator at EIT Food Government Executive Academy

Contact details

pnawrocki@wz.uw.edu.pl

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