Is There A Magic Formula For Scientific Innovation?

  Innovation remains a “holy grail” for business where it may unlock new sources of income and in science where it increases our knowledge and promotes the careers and status of the innovators. The work produced in Bell Laboratories in the late 40’s through the 60’s, e.g., the transistor, is legendary for its innovative impact. …

Research Explores The Best Era For Innovation

I wrote recently about a study from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research that highlighted how truly novel ideas are not only harder and harder to come by, but they tend to be ever more expensive to explore.  It creates the impression that our innovative capabilities pale in comparison to those of bygone eras. …

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 …

“Agricultural Innovations: Changes Needed for Global Competitiveness”

U.S. agriculture is a long-time leader in innovation and global competitiveness. But more collaboration and renewed focus on public-sector research are needed for that to continue. That's a key conclusion from the Farm Foundation Forum on "Agricultural Innovations: Changes Needed for Global Competitiveness" held Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Farm Foundation, a …

European Research Council readies €2bn in science funding

The European Research Council (ERC) has earmarked €1.86bn for its next Work Programme scheme - a competition intended to give European researchers support to “deliver ground-breaking scientific results”. There are a total of five grants up for grabs outlined in the programme, with most of the fund reserved for early- to mid- career researchers. Carlo …

Innovation: get details about Innovate UK funding competitions

Innovate UK runs the following funding competitions. Each competition has a different application process and eligibility criteria. Catalysts Overview You can get £150,000 to £10 million from Innovate UK to run a research and development project. You can use this funding to test and develop an innovative idea and make it successful. Your project can …

It’s sunnier on the Canadian innovation front  

A bright spot has emerged amid the persistent gloom over Canada’s supposed decline in research and innovation performance. Traditional innovation indicators such as corporate research and development spending only provide information on inputs to innovation, not outputs. Against a backdrop of falling corporate investment in R&D, it seems Canadian inventiveness has taken a turn for …