National research infrastructure (NRI) drives research excellence and has potential to play a greater role in encouraging strong industry and research partnerships. How can we improve Australia’s research translation and commercialisation further by harnessing underpinning capabilities?
Working together, our research and industry sectors drive increases in innovation and productivity that produce social and economic benefits for all of us. To further strengthen this relationship, the Terms of Reference for the 2021 NRI Roadmap includes a call to identify more opportunities to improve collaboration between the research and industry sectors, particularly for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
In our June survey, we asked respondents to tell us what was standing in the way of better collaboration between research and industry. A number of barriers were identified, including:
- limited understanding of what NRI can provide to industry
- concerns around standardisation and intellectual property
- cultural differences between the research and industry sectors.
In the Ideas Jam on Enabling better collaboration with industry, we brainstormed how NRI can play a greater role in encouraging industry and research partnerships for the benefit of Australia. Over 475 research and industry stakeholders took part, and more than 80 ideas were shared. The ideas generated will be shared with the Expert Working Group, and will provide valuable input into the development of the 2021 Roadmap Exposure Draft.
The Ideas Jam on Enabling better collaboration with industry is now closed, however registered users can still access the Ideas Jam to explore the ideas and commentary.