Do you want to improve the way RIs and Industry interact?

Participate in our survey!

ENRIITC will build a permanent pan-European network of Industry Liaison and Contact Officers (ILOs/ICOs) and enable industry to become a full partner of research infrastructures whether it is as a user, supplier or a co-creator.

An important first move in this process is mapping the key element to enact the envisaged collaborative framework between the ESFRI RIs and industry players to bring technological innovation about. For this purpose, ENRIITC is now conducting a survey in the form of two questionnaires, one addressing ILOs and the other addressing ICOs.

  • The Industry Liaison Officer – ILOs are usually based at government agencies, with a main role to ensure financial return on the national investment in Research Infrastructures, while also stimulating and facilitating contracts between these and national industries;
  • The Industry Contact Officer – ICOs are typically employed at the Research Infrastructure, with a responsibility for increasing the use of the RI by the private sector and for developing business and partnering relationships with potential industrial Users and Co-Creators of innovative products, processes and services.

If you are an ILO or an ICO, your participation is extremely valuable, as it will be used to develop an effective strategy and methodology to establish, train and empower an effective pan-European network of coordinated RI ILOs and ICOs; one that will truly take RI-Industry dialogues to a new level.

Being successful in this study will lay the foundation for the establishment of cross-border partnerships between Industry and RIs, unlocking underexploited innovation potential among industrial actors across Europe therefore maximising societal and economic benefits across the whole innovation value chain.

In short, the survey seeks to:

  1. Map the “Industry as an RI supplier” relationship, Including key actors, sectors, technologies and competencies;
  2. Investigate the nature and extent of access and usage by companies of the RI services and products;
  3. Analyse the choice and effectiveness of current ILO and ICO performance indicators;
  4. Seek to gain better insight from real-life experiences of what really drives or hinders the development of closer Industry collaboration with RIs, be it of industry as a supplier or as a user.

Additional Information

The questionnaires are made up of different sections and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

The results of the survey will be made available publicly by ENRIITC in the form of online, graphically-rendered summaries of the information garnered, including statistics related to the geography, sectors, market objects, technologies and competences flagged by respondents.

The privacy and anonymity of respondents will be protected at all times, both during and after the course of the survey. All answers will be treated confidentially and will be statistically processed. Results will be anonymized and presented at the aggregate level only.

The survey will remain open online until midnight, 31 July 2020 CEST. Should you have any requests for clarification or experience any technical problems with the survey, please contact ENRIITCsurvey@ess.eu.

Thank you very much for your contribution and helping to shape the future relations between RIs and Industry and the sustainability of strong EU business and innovation sectors!