* "University-Business Cooperation (UBC) in Japan" - with the American University in Washington, Kogod School of Business, US and Hokkaido National University, Japan (July 2014 - June 2016)

The study explores multiple aspects of university-business cooperation in Japan, such as:  

1. What are the forms of UBC in Japan and what are the barriers and drivers that work to make the relationships more productive? What “models” of Japanese UBC are most effective in terms of increasing innovation collaborations and outputs (e.g. patents, licenses) generated between universities and industry?

2. How do the forms of Japanese UBC compare with UBC in the United States- considered the benchmark of international best practice?

3. Is the Japanese UBC system converging with best practices in the West, or is it evolving in a distinctive way?

4. What should be the key policy recommendations for the Japanese government, business and academe to make the UBC system significantly more effective and thus improve the efficiency of national R&D investment?


* "Evaluation of knowledge transfer to SMEs within the Innovation and Transfer Network „Performance Management in Medium-Sized Businesses“ for Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany (April-Oct 2014).

  The study conducted a performance evaluation of the EU-funded Incubator at Leuphana University, Germany and of the knowledge transfer realised in the framework  of the Innovation and Transfer Network „Performance Management in Medium-Sized Businesses" in Lower Saxony, Germany.


* "Study on University-business cooperation in the US" - for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture (2012-2013)
The study supports the work of the European Commission and Member States within the Education and Training work programme, by providing information and examples of best practices of university-business cooperation in 10 US and 5 Canadian universities, which could be applied in a European context. Final report available here.


* "Innovation in Higher Education" - for the European Commission, DG Education and Culture (2013)

This study analysed existing and emerging challenges for higher education, the role of innovation in higher education institutions in addressing these challenges, and developed recommendations for an innovation framework for higher education. Seven innovative practices across the globe that have been developed within higher education institutions as a response to challenges affecting the higher education sector are examined, including MOOCs in the US and Europe, the teaching and research experience of Olin College of Engineering, the e-Advisor at Arizona State University, Bavaria Virtual University, Learning Analytics and the international campuses of the University of Nottingham. Final report available here.


* "An RDI Strategy for Smart Specialisation in the EU" - for the European Commission, DG Research (2013)

Within this project, fifteen expert groups have been set-up to advise the European Commission and fifteen Member States in developing their Smart Specialisation Strategies.The expert groups' reports to the Commission, which have also been made available to the respective Member States, set out recommendations for drafting and establishing the country's Smart Specialisation Strategy in accordance with the Guide produced by the JRC-IPTS Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform.The work of the expert groups was aimed to support the national and regional efforts of the selected Member States in drafting efficient smart specialisation strategies, which have been identified as one of the most promising drivers for regional economic development, growth and jobs.

* “Improving knowledge sharing among industry, university and government: the influence of institutional interactions and the patent system” - for the Valencian Conselleria d’Educació (2012-2013)

This study provides policy recommendations for improving technological collaboration between different institutions and patent examiners’ practices to enhance the use of knowledge for industrial applications. To reach this aim, three objectives are defined: (i) To explain the relation between technological collaboration and access to the public knowledge base worldwide; (ii) To explain the degree of trust existing in a patent system worldwide; and (iii) To study in detail the case of the Valencian Community.


* "A review of the scientific discussion on the gender-specific aspects of the evaluation of funding proposals and the awarding of funding" - for the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2010-2011).

This study provides a systematic analysis of research on the topic of "Research Funding and Gender", which was required by DFG for improving its funding procedures of female researchers, in light of international best practice. The study examines gender-specific differences in application behaviour and prerequisites (e.g. timing of applications, professional background, resources, publications and re-applications when rejected); gender-specific effects of peer review procedures (e.g. correlation of personal characteristics and decisions); and gender-specific evaluation of scientific merit (e.g. publications, networks, etc.). An annotated bibliography is included. Final report available here


* “Monitoring knowledge flows in the European Research Area based on analysis of university references in patents in the EU27 Member States” - for the European Commission, DG Research/ERAWATCH (2008-2009)

This project analysed the relations among the components of the European Research Area (ERA), with a special focus on the links between university and patenting actors. Knowledge flows in the ERA have been monitored by analysing university references in patents by geographic origin.


* “Women’s participation and career progress in technology transfer, incubation and entrepreneurship in four EU countries (UK, Finland, Germany, Romania)” - for the European Commission, DG Research (2006-2008)

This project took as its objective the extension of statistical data on women’s role in technology transfer and related fields. More specifically, the project looked at: the rate and level of participation of women in technology transfer, incubation and entrepreneurship organizations in the four countries of concern (UK, Finland, Germany, Romania); the cause of differences (e.g. structural and organisational factors, gender issues or a combination of them); comparison of the position of women in traditional organisations such as academia and industry, with that of women in technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship (TIE) professions; differences in the position of women in TIE across the four countries and reasons for that.  


* “Identification and analysis of research investment policies in the top nine non-EU R&D spenders, relevant to the implementation of the Lisbon Agenda” - for the European Commission, DG Research/ERAWATCH  (2006-2007)

The project examined key developments and trends in research investment policy in nine non-EU countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the US) in relation to the EU's Lisbon strategy. The specific objective of the contract was to identify lessons that EU policy-makers can draw from research investment policy developments in the nine countries and examine the impact that their research strategies can have on own competitive position and that of the EU.


 * “Science and the City: Best Practice in International Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship Policy and Practice for Northeast England’ - for Newcastle City Council, UK (2007)

The project presents three examples of best practice in technology transfer and entrepreneurship policies and programmes that could provide inspiration for the North East England regional innovation environment, within a Triple Helix framework: Linkoping Entrepreneur Mentoring Programme in Sweden, Edinburgh/Stanford University Link in the UK, and the Leuven R&D technology transfer office of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.