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agentschap voor Innovatie
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Presentation of the SBO-programme.
This presentation contains only the key points of the SBOprogramme.
For the actual preparation of a proposal it is essential to consult the
appropriate SBO-Handbook and Application Form.
All available information and documents relevant for the 2014-2015
SBO Call is available on : http://www.iwt.be/subsidies/sbo
Overview.
1. Key characteristics of the SBO-programme.
2. Basic features.
3. General outline of a project proposal.
4. Evaluation process and framework.
5. Output monitoring of projects.
6. SBO in international collaborations.
7. Practical recommendations.
8. Additional information.
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme
Essence =
realisation of strategic reseach
investments.
Two key aspects:
1. High-quality strategic basic research with a
dedicated focus on high-risk, inventive and
original research.
2. Strategic interest and extent of the valorisation
perspectives in the longer term in Flanders
(economic or social/societal).
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
 strategic basic research” within SBO is not a goal in
itself but an essential means to allow for an
important new valorisation or knowledge utilisation.
 The SBO-programme is a cooperation oriented
instrument; it requires an investment in the
development of meaningful interactions and network
building with users in the field i.e. companies (SBOE) or social/societal actors (SBO-M).
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ECONOMIC ACTORS
(Companies)
UNIVERSITIES
/RESEARCH
ORGANISATIONS
SOCIAL OR SOCIETAL ACTORS
(government entities, civil society
organisations, social profit etc.)
1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Primary finality
= main type of actors who can take up and use the
scientific project results (actors = organisations external to
the research organisations)
SBO-economic finality = take up and use of the results
primarily through economic actors (companies) with an
economic value creation objective (i.e. employment +
investments).
SBO-social finality = take up and use of the results
primarily
through
social/societal
actors
(e.g.
government departments and agencies, civil society
organisations, social profit sector) with a social value
creation objective.
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Challenges for applicants :
1)Demonstrate scientific potential and research
approach.
2)Demonstrate valorisation potential and valorisation
approach.
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•
active effort and commitment to enable the effective
utilisation and valorisation of the research results by economic
or social actors.
meaningful synergy, interaction dynamics and mobilisation
across institutional boundaries (research organisations,
economic actors, social actors).
i.e. substantial difference relative to “classic mechanisms” for the
dissemination of academic research results
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Es ist nicht genug zu wissen, man muss auch
anwenden.
Es ist nicht genug zu wollen, man muss auch tun
Knowing is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough we must do.
Goethe
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Key economic valorisation strategies
• Transfer of research results to existing companies;
follow-up R&D activities
Industrial advisory group
(“begeleidingscommissie”) as an instrument
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Transfer to a new to be founded spin-off company
Key social/societal valorisation strategies.
• Transfer of research results to existing organisationss;
follow-up R&D activities
Social/societal advisory group
(“begeleidingscommissie”) as an instrument
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Main adaptations over recent years
To obtain a better valorisation orientation of the projects
- With a better alignment between the supply-driven focus
(from
university
research
groups
and
research
organisations) and the demand or problem-driven focus
(from companies, social actors)
- With earlier and more meaningful interactions and
cooperations between researchers and the users
(companies, social actors) from the early definition and
design phase of the project proposal onwards > i.e. enabler
for maintaining meaningful interaction dynamics over the
lifecycle of the project
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1. Key characteristics of the SBO-programme.
Broader context : policy goal of co-creation,
stronger cooperations between universities
and industry.
In
2014 : further finetuning of evaluation
framework > feasibility of the valorisation
approach
-preparation phase (“voortraject”)
-during the SBO-project (involvement, interaction
dynamics)
-after
the
SBO-project
(follow-up
R&D
and
implementation efforts)
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme > Social programme part
SBO social programme part – adaptations since
2013
Background : 2012 Impact analysis SBO programme
(Social/societal finality).
http://www.iwt.be/sites/default/files/SBO_impactanalys
e_maatschapluik_2012.pdf
1) to strengthen the active participation of the social users
community in the SBO project cycle;
2) to facilitate a more smooth transition between the end of
the SBO-project and the further development and
implementation
pathway
within
the
social
user
organisations.
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme. Social programme part
SBO social programme part – adaptations since
2013
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Evaluation framework : Strengthening of the importance of
two-way interactions during proposal preparation,
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Handbook for the participation of social user organisations.
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Room for the active participation of social user
organisations and the inclusion of more application
oriented activities from the third project year onwards to
bridge the gap between SBO-results and operational
applications. + Advantage in selection process.
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Tell me. I may listen.
Teach me. I may remember.
Involve me, and I will do it.
Old Chinese wisdom
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1. Key characteristics of the SBOprogramme.
Important Guidance document : IWT’s policy
guidelines on the use and transfer of the results of
IWT-supported projects
http://www.iwt.be/sites/default/files/subsidies/documenten/IWT_toelic
htingsdoc_beleidslijn_resultaten_092009.pdf
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2. Basic features.
- Project proposers
= open and accessable instrument for all Flemish R&Dactors (university associations, strategic research
centres, other research organisations, companies etc…)
+ Optional involvement of R&D actors from abroad
Perspective : useful knowledge transfer towards
Flanders (i.e. to address “missing links” in
essential expertise) and with a clear added
value for the SBO-project (including valorisation
objectives).
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2. Basic features.
- Project duration: maximum of 4 years
- Project budget : see SBO-Handbook
In practice (not as a standard) average in the
order of magnitude of 1.0 - 2.0 million Euro (with
exceptions to the order of 3 million Euro).
IWT’s Cost model + budget template.
Non-Flemish R&D-actors : maximum 20% of the
project budget.
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
Part 1 Project sheet and project summary
Part 2 Description of the intended valorisation and
transfer of knowledge
Part 3 Scientific project description
Part 4 Expertise and track record of the consortium
Appendix A
Appendix B
Use the application template taking into account the
maximum requirements of the proposal length
(i.e. eligibility criterion).
“Less is more”
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
Important aspects of the application template.
• Project proposals are only submitted electronically.
• In additions further specifications have been added to
the requested valorization description and to the
content of Appendix B. In addition, applicants are
urged not to add not wanted annexes.
• The importance of early interactions with interface and
transfer services is stressed (http://www.ttoflanders.be)
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
Important aspects of the application template.
- Appendix B includes a term sheet (“afsprakennota”)
between the partners of the consortium (i.e. mutual
agreement on the budget and the personnel
allocation, the management and the allocation of the
IPR, and the vision and approach on the valorisation).
This term sheet is prepared in close interaction with
the TTO services and duly signed by a legal
representative of the participating institutions .
- The letter of intention of a company or organisation to
participate in the advisory committee need to be duly
signed by a legal representative of this company
or organisation.
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
For the SBO economic programme part.
Important aspects of the application template.
For the SBO economic programme part:
Mandatory input by all companies of the
advisory committee (250 euro/year SME, 1000
euro/year for a company or other organisation).
To be fulfilled at project submission and
confirmed in letters of companies = eligibility
requirement !
• “In kind” contribution can be accepted provided that this
input is well substantiated.
• Higher input is not obligatory but can be positively assessed
in the evaluation of the proposal.
• No obligation for spin-off earmarked projects.
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
For the SBO economic programme part.
Lesson from earlier 2011-2012 call.
Impact of the (then optional) financial input from
companies in the economic programme part (excluding
U2.2. evaluation criterion)
With input from
companies
Without input from
companies
Total
Number of
proposals
submitted
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Number of
projects
supported
8
Average
success
rate
53%
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2
13%
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10
32%
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3. General outline of a project proposal.
For the SBO social programme part.
SBO social programme part
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NO eligibility condition for (cash/in kind) input
•
But focus on active participation and commitment of social
user organisations + the inclusion of more application
oriented activities from the third project year onwards to
bridge the gap between SBO-results and operational
applications (with advantage in selection process!).
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
4.1. Evaluation process
Round 1. Pre-selection.
Round 2. Evaluation of the
scientific quality S.
utilisation/valorisation quality U.
In each selection round :
 advice by the steering evaluation committees
(“overkoepelende commissies OC’s)
 decision by IWT’s Board
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
4.1. Evaluation process
Inputs for the evaluation process :
Round 1.
Project proposal as submitted.
Round 2.
+ written expert evaluation reports
+ written response from applicants
+meeting and discussion with IWT staff
on the valorisation/utilisation chapter
+written supplement from applicants
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
4.2. Evaluation framework
Scientific quality(S )
Valorisation quality (U)
-scientific potential
-research approach
-input-output balance
-valorisation potential
-valorisation approach
-R&D capabilities
-competence/track record
-added value sustainability
Expert evaluation guidelines and scoring and
selection methodology available on IWTwebsite
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
 Important points of attention.
-Increased attention to the specific valorisation
potential : shift from “generic platforms” towards more
targeted problem-driven projects (“cloud of hail” versus
“precision bullets”)
-Increased attention to the intelligent composition of the
(industrial or social/societal) advisory committee i.e.
representative for the anticipated application areas,
covering essential actors of the economic or social value
chain;
-Increased attention to the project preparation phase
i.e. evidence of a dedicated process involving early and
meaningful two-way interactions between researchers
and users during the project definition phase;
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
Minimal requirements and ranking mechanism.
- Minimal “reasonable” for both scientific quality S and
valorisation quality U ( 6/10).
- Projects which meet the minimal requirements are
ranked in accordance with an equal weight for the
scientific quality S and valorisation quality U scores. In
case of projects with equivalent scores , a desirable
diversity of application areas can be aimed for.
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4.Evaluation process and framework.
Minimal requirements and ranking mechanism.
- Selection advantage for projects contributing to
sustainable development. The main focus is the
environmental dimension of sustainability.
- (Maximum) quota for projects with a primary economic
finality directed at the creation of a new to be founded
spin-off company : max 20% of the budget allocated
to the economic part of the SBO-programme.
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5.Output monitoring of projects.
Ex post project and portfolio assessment (A, B+, B-,C)
-Scientific
results
-User involvement during the project
-Exploitable results
-Status of transfer and valorisation effects
-Strategic economic or social/societal perspective for
Flanders
First Output monitoring report will be presented to
IWT’s Board of Directors on October 16 2014.
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6. SBO in international cooperations.
•SBO internationalisation through ERANET-Joint
programming actions (http://www.europrogs.be)
e.g. M-ERA.NET on materials http://www.m-era.net
next call to be launched in early 2015
Prior contact with staff of involved funding agencies
strongly recommended
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6. SBO in international cooperations.
New in 2014 : Cooperation opportunity between
Flanders and Netherlands : STW (OTP)-IWT (SBO)
projects.
=opportunity for scientific and valorisation added value
e.g. complementary expertise, better coverage of value
chain
Topics
1) High tech systems and materials (including ICT and
nanotechnology)
2) Chemistry and Farma (including biotechnology and
biobased economy)
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6. SBO in international cooperations.
New in 2014 : Cooperation opportunity between
Flanders and Netherlands : STW (OTP)-IWT (SBO)
projects.
• Available budget : 2,5 mio euro of IWT and STW
each
• Project budget : min. 0,6- max. 1 million Euro
• Balanced/proportional research contribution and
valorisation potential for Flanders and Netherlands;
• Minimum 2 Flemish and 2 Dutch companies in
advisory committee; Input by companies: 25%
above 500.000 Euro.
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6. SBO in international cooperations.
New in 2014 : STW (OTP)-IWT (SBO) projects.
• Importance of the “term sheet”
• Lead agency approach : submission of proposals to
STW for Topic 1 and to IWT for Topic 2;
• Evaluation process according to two-stage
procedure:
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Stage 1 : Extended eligibility by both agencies;
Stage 2 : Evaluation by lead agency
Funding decisions by Board of Directors of both
agencies
• Prior contact with staff of STW and IWT is strongly
recommended
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7. Practical recommendations when
preparing a proposal.
• “Origination process” of an SBO-proposal is different
from a “classic” academic research proposal.
• Key importance of meaningful two-way dialogue and
interaction between researchers from the early project
conception onwards and over the entire project life
cycle.
• Need to think beyond the end date of the SBO-project.
Let users elaborate on follow-up R&D and
implementation interests and opportunities.
• Valorisation is not just “dissemination”.
• User involvement is not just “claiming being
interested”.
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7. Practical recommendations when
preparing a proposal.
• Be prepared to invest adequate time and effort in the
proposal preparation process. Start early. Adopt a
project management approach.
• Interact early, systematic and according to plan with
potential partners and economic or social/societal
users. Discuss project scope + cooperation principles
+ valorisation intentions.
• Also early interactions with university interface or
transfer services are essential.
• Ensure a good coherence between the scientific part
and the valorisation part of your proposal.
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8. Additional information.
• IWT advisors will be available for an exploratory
meeting (“verkennend gesprek”) on Friday October
24 and on Monday November 3 for the various finality
areas and application sectors.
• Potential applicants can make a request for an
exploratory meeting at IWT until October 17 2014
for the meeting day of October 24, and until
October 24 2014 for the meeting day of November
3. This can be done by E-mail to [email protected] together
with a short abstract and the most important
questions (max. 1 A4 p.).
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8. Additional information.
• SBO contact persons http://www.iwt.be/subsidies/sbo
Paul Schreurs (SBO economic) [email protected]
Michèle Oleo (SBO social) [email protected]
-STW contact person http://www.stw.nl
Ron Winkler (STW) [email protected]
-IWT contact persons for key domains :
Mia Callens (biotechnology) [email protected]
Veerle Cauwenbergh (materials) [email protected]
Carine Lucas (ICT) [email protected]
http://www.iwt.be/overiwt/medewerkers/adviseur
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Tel.: +32 (0)2 432 42 00
Fax.: +32 (0)2 432 43 99
E-mail: [email protected]
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