African govts faulted on research funding

Prof. Peter Ngure, the programme manager Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), hands over a certificate to Dr Léon Mugabo, a lecturer at the University of Rwanda in Kigali this week. Courtesy. The majority of African governments are prioritising political projects at the expense of research in universities and this is affecting the …

How To Use Competition To Drive Innovation

Research and development is thus an integral part in discovering these innovations. However, while essential, it can also be very costly. The key lies on how management can pursue research and development initiatives that minimize costs yet produce sustainable competitive advantage. In this case, traditional innovation methods will no longer work. The current business environment …

No one disagrees Europe needs to step up commitment to innovation, but . . . how much appetite is there for more disruption?

The years since the financial crisis have been miserable not only for growth in Europe but for dynamism and innovation — outstripped on all counts by Asia and the US. But as eurozone growth recovers, the continent is gaining a second chance. As the shock of the UK’s Brexit vote and the fragility of the banking system …

Trump’s Energy R&D Policies Ignore the Long-Term Impact of Innovation

President Obama’s former chief science advisor says the Trump administration’s promise to slash funding for energy research is short-sighted.  While Harvard University professor John Holdren was advising the White House, he helped shape many of America’s major climate commitments. He honed the Clean Power Plan and orchestrated the nation’s involvement in the Paris climate pact. …

As P&G celebrates 180 years of innovation, what can brands learn from its innovative culture?

P&G's innovation centre in Singapore. As Procter & Gamble (P&G) gets ready to celebrate its 180th anniversary at the end of this month, its evolving innovation practices and culture throughout the years in the face of digital disruption and emerging technologies is one of the many causes for celebration. So what can brands learn about …

Research investment ‘not a luxury, but a necessity,’ Estonian leader tells other EU members

Estonian prime minister Jüri Ratas at the European Research Excellence conference in Tallinn   TALLINN - Estonia’s prime minister used his country’s presidency of the European Union to call on other states to boost spending and support for research and innovation – both at home and in the next EU Framework Programme. “Investing in research and innovation …

Need to source R&D funding? There’s an app for that

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, TD, and KTI director Dr Alison Campbell. Image: Conor McCabe Photography Knowledge Transfer Ireland helps businesses to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology. Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) has created a new tool to find R&D funding and help organisations to get their research projects …

Beijing best city for innovation in China

The Ministry of Science and Technology published two reports on Wednesday about China’s innovation status in 2016 and 2017. One evaluates the overall innovation capability, and the other is a detailed ranking and analysis of each province’s innovation conditions and resources, from funding to market. According to the reports, China’s top five most-innovative municipalities and …