PPP and Knowledge Transfer

Research is often realised in a PPP and grant proposals increasingly include a section on knowledge transfer and commercialisation. Yet knowledge users often operate in a different culture and language from researchers. How can you bridge that gap to your advantage?

Be creative
Think from a potential user’s perspective as soon as you start writing your grant proposal. Listen carefully to potential contacts. Never assume you understand what the other person means. Engage, ask questions, discover how they think and work and what drives them. And remember: many useful contacts and ideas come from unexpected places. So get out and about!

Read this guide to public-private partnerships for researchers
Many sources of research funding use a public-private partnership (PPP) construction. Researchers who feel at their ease with this approach have a better chance of obtaining funding and realising a successful project. This manual from NWO Humanities is obviously aimed at humanities researchers. However, its straightforward and accessible style makes it a ‘must read’ for all researchers who are just finding their feet in the world of PPP.

How we can help you
We work for academia, research institutes, funding bodies and industry. Our team includes people with an academic/research background, people with a nose for branding and content strategy and people with legal expertise. So we have a natural feel for the different cultures and vocabularies represented in a typical PPP set-up. We can therefore help you to bridge the knowledge transfer gap by ensuring the documentation you produce is understood by all parties involved in whatever language they speak. This will facilitate trust between partners and foster a spirit of co-creation.

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