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Sustainability of Research
Centres – Key Challenges
and Approaches
Richard O’Connell
07/01/132
Why is this important?
 It is estimated that the eLearning market will be worth $107.3
billion in 20151
 Overa...
07/01/133
Why is this important?
 Horizon 2020 : Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80
billion budget, the EU’s new progr...
07/01/134
Why is this important?
 RTOs coordinate about a third of EU projects and they
create major European networks of...
07/01/135
Why is this important?
 It is estimated that the eLearning market will be worth $107.3
billion in 20151
 Overa...
07/01/136
Sustainability
“Operating today in a way which
does not inhibit the organisation’s
ability to do so tomorrow”7
+...
07/01/137
Key Challenges
Funding
Balance
• Recession
• Centres believed it was unlikely that the HEI block grants and inst...
07/01/138
Key Challenges
Local Issues
• Low SME involvement8
• Lack of clarity in relation to the career pathway for resea...
07/01/139
Approaches
Use of HEI infrastructure.
Focus on collaboration and commercialisation.
Differences in funding sourc...
07/01/1310
Approaches
DCU Research Strategic Framework 2009 2014‐ 9
07/01/1311
Approaches
DCU Research Strategic Framework 2009 2014‐ 9
What is happening in here?
07/01/1312
High-performing
Business
High-performing
Business Start-up MindsetStart-up Mindset Think Outside the BoxThink O...
References
1. IBEC - Delivering for Business - Enterprise, science and technology / Key issues / Innovation /
Research pri...
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    1. 1. Sustainability of Research Centres – Key Challenges and Approaches Richard O’Connell
    2. 2. 07/01/132 Why is this important?  It is estimated that the eLearning market will be worth $107.3 billion in 20151  Overall annual impact of European RTOs is estimated to be in the range €25-40bn2  Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) linked to creation of 1,255 jobs3  PRTLI investment : 43 spin-out companies with commercial impact of €753 million5 Macro-factors = High-growth area
    3. 3. 07/01/133 Why is this important?  Horizon 2020 : Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe4  Contribution of industry focused research should be valued to the same extent as academic focused research in order to optimise the overall potential for social and economic returns5 Trends = Commercialisation
    4. 4. 07/01/134 Why is this important?  RTOs coordinate about a third of EU projects and they create major European networks of participants2  Ireland’s share of world citations is greater than its share of world papers6 Micro-factors = Good foundations
    5. 5. 07/01/135 Why is this important?  It is estimated that the eLearning market will be worth $107.3 billion in 20151  Overall annual impact of European RTOs is estimated to be in the range €25-40bn2  Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) linked to creation of 1,255 jobs3  PRTLI investment : 43 spin-out companies with commercial impact of €753 million5  Horizon 2020 : Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe4  Contribution of industry focused research should be valued to the same extent as academic focused research in order to optimise the overall potential for social and economic returns5  RTOs coordinate about a third of EU projects and they create major European networks of participants2  Ireland’s share of world citations is greater than its share of world papers6 Macro-factors = High-growth area Trends = Commercialisation Micro-factors = Good foundations
    6. 6. 07/01/136 Sustainability “Operating today in a way which does not inhibit the organisation’s ability to do so tomorrow”7 + With a focus on growth
    7. 7. 07/01/137 Key Challenges Funding Balance • Recession • Centres believed it was unlikely that the HEI block grants and institutional budgets would be sufficient to sustain all current centres at their current level of Activity5 • Large percentage of research budgets (up to 85 per cent in some cases) is to support existing contracts. The ability of funding agencies to launch new schemes will decline10 • No funding source for equipment maintenance nor for periodic upgrades5 • Substantial infrastructural supports for technology platforms9 • A time frame of the order of 10 years is expected before centres will operate as true RTO centres5 • In a healthy research environment a diversity of research centres in terms of scale and mission is both normal and desirable5 • National funding but global customers2
    8. 8. 07/01/138 Key Challenges Local Issues • Low SME involvement8 • Lack of clarity in relation to the career pathway for researchers5 • Ireland’s innovation system has made significant progress, it is still not as advanced as other longer established systems (e.g.. Finland and Sweden)5 • Little reported movement between academia and enterprise2 • Women are significantly under-represented by international standards at senior levels in the Irish research system2 • A relatively poor level of collaboration within Ireland6 • May be a capacity problem in that the most competitive researchers are often over-committed8 Moving Targets • Confusion in the international context around the term ‘research centre’5 • National Research Prioritisation Exercise (NRPE)5 • EU Direction4 • Performance metrics, stage gate milestones, reporting5 • Visibility3 • RTOs have been systematically ignored in ERA development and discussions2 • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation5
    9. 9. 07/01/139 Approaches Use of HEI infrastructure. Focus on collaboration and commercialisation. Differences in funding sources and industry vs. academic focus5 .
    10. 10. 07/01/1310 Approaches DCU Research Strategic Framework 2009 2014‐ 9
    11. 11. 07/01/1311 Approaches DCU Research Strategic Framework 2009 2014‐ 9 What is happening in here?
    12. 12. 07/01/1312 High-performing Business High-performing Business Start-up MindsetStart-up Mindset Think Outside the BoxThink Outside the Box  Metrics  Compliance  Quarterly reviews  Tools and processes  Continuous Improvement  Reporting  Sales Capability  Adaptable and Responsive  Customer Focused  Bootstrapping  Do one thing well  Prototyping  Fail Fast  Seek Mentors  Build a Culture  Accept some Uncertainty  Collaborate with Everyone  Openness and Transparency  Sharing Vision All built upon the values of Integrity & Curiosity
    13. 13. References 1. IBEC - Delivering for Business - Enterprise, science and technology / Key issues / Innovation / Research prioritisation initiative 2. Impacts of European RTOs-A Study of Social and Economic Impacts of Research and Technology Organisations 3. Ten Years On: Confirming Impacts from Research Investment 4. Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - European Commission 5. Sustainability of Research Centres - Advisory Science Council - An Comhairle Eolaíochta | www.sciencecouncil.ie 6. Research strengths in Ireland: A bibliometric study of the public research base - Forfás - Ireland ´s Policy Advisory Board For Enterprise, Trade, Science, Technology and Innovation 7. Monitoring the Sustainability of the Public Sector Research Establishments, www.biz.gov.uk 8. Playing our Part: Statement on Horizon 2020 - Forfás 9. Research and Innovation Support - Research Strategy | DCU 10. We must act to secure research funding - The Irish Times - Thu, Dec 22, 2011
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