We want to accelerate drug discovery by creating the knowledge foundations in an open setting. To do so, ODIN funded 11 projects in two call rounds using the workflow described below .
The basic set-up was the same for both call rounds: Academic and industry researchers openly shared their ideas before they sourced input and partners from the network. In this way, the ODIN model created strong partnerships and projects for the benefit of many stakeholders.
The flow charts below, briefly illustrates the workflow (and differences) for each of the two call rounds. Based on our experiences from the first call round, we focused more on the matchmaking process in the second call round. Our scientific facilitator played an active role in matchmaking academic researchers with industry partners. We also arranged several pitch sessions where both academia and industry participants presented their research ideas and needs.
As a result of the project ideas genereated in the matchmaking process, ODIN received a total of 32 applications. Our Project Review Committee (consisting of members from both industry and academia) reviewed the incoming applications with the aid of an anonymous International Peer Review Panel. Based on the nominations by the Project Review Committee, ODIN’s Steering Group decided to fund a total of 11 projects from the two call rounds. We believe that this competitive review is the best way to ensure that only the best and most relevant projects are funded. You can read more about the funded projects here.
Throughout the two call rounds, the building of trust between the project participants was essential: For an open project to succeed, a high level of trust is required to establish solid partnerships.
If you are curious about what we have learned so far, you are very welcome to contact us.
Originally, ODIN planned to host structured ideation events, where participants could pitch and discuss ideas. However, it was not possible to host physical meetings due to the COVID-19 situation forced . ODIN thereforfe created a digital matchmaking platform where members uploaded ideas for new projects and sourced both input and partners from the network.
Of the uploaded 37 project ideas, 19 were taken through to written applications for funding, and five projects were funded in the first call round.
The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow in the first call round.
More time was available in the second call round. Therefore, the ODIN secretariat hosted virtual pitch session during the matchmaking phase. At these well-visited events, the participating companies and AU-based researchers pitched their ideas and research needs, which were also posted on the platform.
The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow for the second call round. You can find a schematic overview of the eight matchmaking steps on the page "The second call round".
We received 13 project applications in the second call round. Six of these projects received funding.