The Open Innovation in Science model



Traditionally, academic research results in publication of journal articles. In some cases, the generated knowledge leads to patents and starts-ups with closed-IP projects at a later stage. 

Often, the industry doesn't know about the projects untill the results are published as journal articles. They might be interested in the knowledge and output but cannot access them until published. 

The transistion from basic science to applied innovation is thus halted at different stages due to the traditional set-up.


In an Open Innovation in Science set-up, academia and industry collaborate in open, pre-competitive projects. All parties contribute with knowledge and experience and share findings and results. Therefore all participants - and everyone following the openly-shared progress of the project - have early access to the new knowledge.

Because all foreground knowledge from the projects is shared openly and without patents, everyone is free to take this knowledge and bring it in to new (IP-project) projects and innovation. The results is that the innovation process is shortened significantly.

"An open approach to IP and collaboration allows us to build a community of researchers and companies around the Plant2Food mission. The open set-up allows us to source input and partners from the crowd and collectively take on more complex issues together than any one of us would be able to do alone - and faster."

Marie Louise Conradsen, Director of Open Innovation in Science at Aarhus University


One of the special features of Plant2Food in terms of the OIS model, is the fact that the project will span the entire value chain - from breeders and farmers, to food production and retail (see figure below).

Plant2Food will bring together relevant collaborators and stakeholders. Together they will identify the main obstacles for driving the green transition today and "reverse engineer" the need new basic research to enable the parties to solve these problems. 

The funded projects in Plant2Food will all contribute with new knowledge that will benefit many stakeholders across the value chain and lead to new research avenue.