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SUCCESS (Searching Unprecedented Cooperations on Climate and Energy to ensure Sustainability)


Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bauer
Hans-Joerg Bauer@its.uni-karlsruhe.de

SUCCESS (Searching Unprecedented Cooperations on Climate and Energy to ensure Sustainability)
Within the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation the pilot project SUCCESS is intended to establish efficient and effective structures of collaboration in large distributed consortia in Europe featuring new governance schemes thereby maximising the efficient use of available resources and an increase in turning R&D results into commercial opportunities. The field of sustainable energy and climate change will be the underlying subject.

The partners involved are a comprehensive group of institutions in the knowledge triangle in the field of sustainable energy and climate change as well as establishments dealing with knowledge transfer, business administration, governance structures and innovation management.

Benchmarking Existing Models of Collaboration (work package 1)
WP1 will identify the present status of various types of collaborations in a regional, national and international perspective with the goal to identify strengths and failures of the different models employed in different countries.

Based on a benchmarking of past and ongoing collaborations new and improved models of governance structure for integrated partnerships will be derived with the final goal of strengthening the links between education, research and innovation.

Synthesis/Elaboration of New/Improved Models of Cooperation within the Knowledge Triangle (work package 2)
The objective of the WP2 is to generate new models for the cooperation of a network of different European partners with abilities and background in one or more sides of the Knowledge Triangle. These models need to be feasible on a mid and long term basis and have to take into account past experiences in models of cooperation, taking opportunity of the benefits and avoiding the identified barriers and bottlenecks.

The models for the cooperation must cope with aspects such as:

• Virtual versus physical clusters.
• Forms of governance. In this case, some other issues will be taken into account:
- New skills, roles and professions.
- Interdisciplinary and international collaboration.
- Negotiation and building consensus.
- Inclusion of SMEs and start-ups.

• Models for sharing resources, result and management.
• Policy issues on both the European and national perspective:
• Incentives and financing.

The outputs of the WP2 are:

• Internal report describing new and improved models of cooperation.
• Internal report giving best practices for selection and implementation of the derived elements for improved governance and collaboration in large consortia.
• Internal policy oriented report on recommendations for structuring and stimulating future EIT and its KICs to be included into Interim Report.

The focus of the WP2 will be as general as possible. However, a sectorial analysis for the Energy and Climate Change case is considered thorough the work.

Evaluation of the new models of cooperation (Work Package 3)
WP3 has as objective to evaluate the new and/or improved governance structures and models of cooperation defined by the WP2. The test and the assessment of the efficiency of organization structure will be effective with up to three representative key topics in the field of sustainable energy and climate change. Based on the selected example domains, the need of improvements to fill in the gaps which limit a proper integration of research, education and industry regarding a set of questions (also stated in the call for proposal) will be identified.

Three levels of integration will be taken into account:

1. The "spatial" integration (how to manage an integrated partnership at the European level)

2. The "sectorial" integration of the the three components of the knowledge triangle (education – research – innovation)

3. The "scientific" integration of the two domains : Energy and Climate change.

Finally, general conclusions on characteristics and patterns to implement a real integrated partnership in the field of climate change and energy at the European level and to determine the contribution of the stakeholders in this process will be established.





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