Title: The organisational and geographic diversity and innovation potential of EU‑funded research networks
Citation: JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER vol. 44 no. 2 p. 359–380
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC107107
ISSN: 0892-9912 (online)
URI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10961-018-9692-2
DOI: 10.1007/s10961-018-9692-2
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Public funding of research improves the systemic conditions of entrepreneurial ecosystems. It provides early-stage financing to technologies that form the basis for new products and services. In addition to financial support, instruments as the EC Framework Programmes (FP) facilitate the creation of research networks. By bringing together organisations of various types and geographic origins and increasing the diversity of their interactions, the instrument seeks to accelerate a discovery process in which organisations attempt to bring desired innovations to the market and society. In this paper, we examine the impact of organisational and geographic diversity of partnerships in EU-funded research networks on the commercial potential of their innovations. We explore a sample of 603 collaborative research projects supported by European FPs. We use data from the Innovation Radar, a unique survey database developed by DG CONNECT to assess the innovation outcomes of FP projects in ICT. We show that innovations developed by research networks with a higher organisational diversity have more commercial potential. This finding supports the idea that policies improving systemic conditions of entrepreneurship ecosystems through the creation of institutionally diverse research networks can have beneficial effects on the commercialisation potential of innovations developed in FP projects. In contrast, research networks with a wider range of internationally dispersed research partners are likely to have less innovation potential. This may suggest the existence of coordination and communication difficulties in FP projects where geographic diversity is greater.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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