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van Doren, Schwabe (f.l.) in front of the EA-Art-Mural in the EA-Lab (© EA European Academy GmbH)
  • Duration: 10/15–1/19
  • Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), "Innovation-oriented research" (Project Management DLR)

Enabling Innovation by Simulation – Simulating the Innovation Capacity of Public Research Organisations on the Institute Level

This project aims at simulating the effects of (combined) interventions for optimising the innovation capacity of public research organisations in Germany, each consisting of multiple more or less tightly coupled individual research institutes. The project relies on results of the previous research programme “Enabling Innovation” (EI). The consulting technology developed in EIS should allow to evaluate

(a) effects of (combined) interventions to improve innovation capacity, and
(b) which of these interventions prove to be most successful. 

In the project, we will simulate context-specific scenarios for various types of public research institutes.

These scenarios will provide information on how innovation capacity changes related to certain EI measures.

The project will deliver software that facilitates recommendations concerning suggested measures for improving innovation capacity in individual public research institutes.

The objective of this project is to provide reliable governance mechanisms for improving innovation capacity while applying EI measures in research institutes.

As a direct benefit for the public research institutes, this might also lead to a more effective and efficient resource allocation and use, and increase their transfer success.

EIS will develop a technology for management consultancy, focused on public research organisations. With this, “Enabling Innovation” will be upgraded to become an especially effective consultancy tool for the enhancement of innovation capacity in public research institutes.

In short term perspective, the results of this project can contribute to a more deliberate and effective investment allocation for improving knowledge and technology transfer in research institutes to achieve maximum utility.  

In medium and long term perspective, this project might even contribute to strengthening the German economy by increasing the frequency and success of transferring academic research into application contexts.

project advisory board

Two advisory boards are involved in the EIS-project:

• The strategic advisory board consists of participants from the management and strategy levels, who are to ensure the awareness and acceptance of the EIS project in the respective organizations.

• The specialist advisory board is a "co-design" group with participants from the operational level who, in cooperation with the EIS project staff, should ensure the relevance and applicability of the project results.

Members of the EIS Advisory Board

Strategic Advisory Board

• Dr. Bettina Böhm, Secretary-General of the Leibniz Association

• Dr. Hans-Otto Feldhütter, Director Business Models, Fraunhofer-Society for the promotion of applied research e. V.

• Klaus Hamacher, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center e. V. (DLR)

• Sebastian Meyer-Borchert, Program Manager Enabling Innovation, Max Planck Innovation GmbH


Specialist Advisory Board

• Dr. Rolf-Dieter Fischer, Head of Technology Marketing, German Aerospace Center (DLR) e. V.

• Dr. Sonja Grigoleit, Head of Unit Public Technology and Innovation Planning, Fraunhofer Institute for Technical Trend Analysis INT

• Dr. Philipp Mayr, Deputy Head of Knowledge Technologies for Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

• Prof. Dr. Michael Maskos, Institute Director, Fraunhofer ICT-IMM

• Sebastian Meyer-Borchert, Program Manager Enabling Innovation, Max Planck Innovation GmbH