Higher education institutions educate and train the entrepreneurial talents who will contribute to shaping the future and explore creativity through joint research and innovation endeavours, providing co-creation spaces and intensifying the connectivity and cooperation between the societal actors, translating scientific knowledge into valuable solutions to societal challenges. In this sense, academia is vital in boosting innovation in Europe’s diverse ecosystems.
The current state of play is full of innovations of the past, and without these, there would not be any new or enhanced health policies, systems, services, products and technologies to improve people’s health and quality of life. Within the EUGLOH Alliance institutional transformation agenda to tackle a variety of challenges related to well-being and public health, the Work Package 4 (WP4: Fostering innovation and reinforcing the cooperation of the EUGLOH Alliance with businesses and other stakeholders) of the EUGLOHRIA1 project has among its objectives the commitment to improve and upscale EUGLOH’s innovation readiness and to intensify the connectivity and cooperation between the Alliance and other stakeholders.
To this end, the EUGLOHRIA WP4 members prepared this report that maps existing best practices and analyses the potential hurdles in local chains of translating research into innovations. This document establishes benchmarks and describes best practices for promoting knowledge co-creation and fostering knowledge and technology transfer. Furthermore,synergies and complementary funding sources were identified to reinforce local support mechanisms, cross-link existing structures within the partners’ ecosystems and pursue potential joint translation opportunities that might arise from collaborative research projects.