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MATCHMAKING AND NETWORKING GONE DIGITAL IN OUR FIRST CALL ROUND

ODIN provides a digital matchmaking site, where members must upload ideas for new projects, look for partners, and actively engage in discussion about others' ideas.

Originally, the ODIN secretariat wanted to host structured ideation events, with the purpose of participants pitching and discussing ideas. Although networking may be associated with physical meetings, the COVID-19 situation has forced us to go digital. We have picked up the gauntlet and decided to integrate the networking and discussions on our digital platform. The most promising project ideas are taken through to written applications for funding. 

The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow.

We will re-introduce physical meetings as soon as possible. 

INCREASED FOCUS ON FACILITATION DURING OUR SECOND CALL ROUND

We will soon open for new ideas on the matchmaking platform and the application deadline is 1 December this year. We would like to put more emphasis on the matchmaking process, and to ensure that we have more time to facilitate this, we have decided that all ideas must be uploaded to our matchmaking platform no later than 1 October 2020 to be eligible for funding. We expect projects to start during spring of 2021.

As we are still unsure about which COVID-19-related restrictions may apply after the summer holidays, we are currently working on an online solution, which will allow us to supplement the digital matchmaking with virtual meetings, where both industry partners and AU researchers can pitch their ideas and engage in topic-related discussions. We will of course keep you informed about this.

Project ideas, which were presented on this matchmaking platform but were not funded in the first call round, can apply in the second call round. 

The figure to the left illustrates the ODIN workflow for the second call round.