WHy Open Innovation in Science?

OIS can unfold its potential for scientific research activities such as generating novel research questions, designing and conducting research studies, disseminating research results and eventually translating new scientific knowledge into innovation. 

WHAT IS THE OIS CENTER?

The OIS Center is established as a leading international hub for investigating and experimenting with Open Innovation research practices.

The OIS Center generates and disseminates insights into the use of Open Innovation principles and methods in science, along the entire process to originate new scientific research.

The OIS Center develops and offers specific services supporting scientists and scientific organizations in applying Open Innovation principles and methods.

Our goal is to establish and provide knowledge about the qualified implementation of Open Innovation in Scie:

  • Re-thinking and re-designing scientific research through a shift towards working more openly, collaboratively and interdisciplinarily
  • Developing and testing new methods for integrating Open Innovation principles into scientific research and innovation processes
  • Establishing new forms of stakeholder interactions and collaborations within science


HOW CAN OPEN INNOVATION CONTRIBUTE TO SCIENCE AND RESEARCH?

So far, Open Innovation principles and methods have mainly been applied in the corporate world for developing new products, services or business models, and in the context of Open Source and community-based innovation. However, first insights into OIS suggest positive results related to efficiency, novelty and impact of research processes and outcomes as well as contributions to working beyond the silos in scientific research organizations and disciplines.

To succeed in a competitive scientific system and balance curiosity and impact, scientists benefit from developing new partnerships, fresh forms of collaboration and innovative methods for generating and communicating novel scientific insights. At the same time, science is challenged to generate innovations, thereby contributing to addressing major societal issues.

Austria has developed a national Open Innovation Strategy. The findings of the 'Tell Us!' crowdsourcing initiative play a significant role in this effort. The initiative is absolutely a lighthouse project and unique on the international scene. On the one hand, it provides important impetus for more transparency and participation in science. On the other hand, it sets new benchmarks in the development and application of Open Innovation methods in the European research landscape. The findings gleaned must now be quickly taken up by the research process in other scientific disciplines. And we must decidedly anchor the use of Open Innovation methods in the Austrian system of research and innovation.

Harald Mahrer
Former Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy
"The difficult questions are all questions that require multiple streams of information, multiple streams of disciplinary experience and also a real view of what’s important about the outcome. I think that Open Innovation is an important way to address that reality of the work that we do."
Eva guinan 
Director of Reactor Program on Accelerating Clinical and Translational Research, Harvard Catalyst, Harvard Medical School, USA

INITIATIVE Open innovation in science

 (2014-2017)

CRIS – Crowdsouring Research Questions in Science

LOIS – Lab for Open Innovation in Science

Ois research groups and institutes

OIS Research Groups on Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

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OIS Research, Methods and Services

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PROJECTS

Platform for individual and customized OIS Projects


OUR PATH: FROM PILOT TO CENTER

THE OIS CENTER IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE LUDWIG BOLTZMANN GESELLSCHAFT (LBG). LBG OPERATES 18 RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND CLUSTERS WITH ABOUT 550 EMPLOYEES.

With the Open Innovation in Science initiative, LBG has done pioneering work in the European research landscape.

In 2014, LBG received funding from the Austrian National Fund for Research, Technology and Development to launch the Open Innovation in Science initiative.

In late 2016, all ongoing OIS projects were formalized within an Open Innovation in Science Research and Competence Center. 

The OIS initiative has led to various OIS programs and projects, such as:

  • new ways of learning about and experimenting with Open Innovation in Science (LOIS - Lab for Open Innovation in Science)
  • new forms of generating research questions (CRIS - Crowdsourcing Research Questions in Science) for basic and applied sciences
  • new ways of conceptualizing research projects and forming interdisciplinary research groups (Ideas Lab)

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