7/22/2009 4:10:59 PM By
The National Science Foundation has put out a call for topics
to be included in their 2011 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program
. Comments can be submitted through their website
by September 15, 2009.
TOPICS AND AWARDS TO DATE - In FY 2007 and FY 2008 EFRI funded a total of 24 interdisciplinary proposals in four topic areas. Each proposal was funded at approximately a total of $2M over four years. You can review these EFRI topics and awards by accessing the EFRI website (www.nsf.gov/eng/efri). The FY 2009 Award decisions are currently underway. There have been 8 topics that have been chosen for use in EFRI solicitations thus far. The FY 2007 EFRI topics were: 1) Autonomously Reconfigurable Engineered Systems Enabled by CyberInfrastructure (ARES-CI); and 2) Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE). The FY 2008 EFRI topics were: 1) Cognitive Optimization and Prediction: From Neural Systems to Neurotechnology (COPN); and 2) Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (RESIN). The FY 2009 EFRI topics are: 1) BioSensing & BioActuation: Interface of Living and Engineered Systems (BSBA); and Hydrocarbons from Biomass (HyBi). The planned topics for the FY 2010 EFRI solicitation are: 1) Renewable Energy Storage (RESTOR); and 2) Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED): Engineering Sustainable Buildings.
7/8/2009 4:24:00 AM By
The International Journal of Technology Marketing has a call for papers posted which sounds interesting if very difficult to get good empirical information on. Specifically the organizers identify the following goal: "publishing original research highlighting current issues related to the transnational culture, pricing mechanisms and transactional governance of technology transfer and knowledge sharing in the virtual environment."
Read more details. Deadline July 2010.
6/8/2009 1:44:00 AM By
I don't know much about this conference but thought the lens with which the organizers seem to be looking at innovation is an interesting one. We know from some of Ben Jones research, among others, that there is evidence of an age impact on innovation. Additionally, we know from a lot of entrepreneurship research that entrepreneurs often have a lot of accumulated work experience before striking out on their own.
- Population dynamics, innovation and productivity
Fondation du Risque Workshop
Friday, October, the 16th
Chair “Risques et Chances de la Transition Démographique” will hold a workshop at Palais
Brongniart, 28 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris, on 2009 October, the 16th.
Items adressed during the workshop will be the following:
- Aging and accumulation process of human capital
- Demographic transition and structure of investments
- Aging, consumption structures and innovation
- Demographic transition and firm renewal
6/3/2009 1:18:00 AM By
Wanted to highlight a conference we are helping to sponsor next week on the topic of patents and entrepreneurship at George Washington Law School.
5/1/2009 5:21:00 AM By
4/30/2009 11:52:00 AM By
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the KfW Bankengruppe and Creditreform are in their second wave of collecting data on a new panel of business start-ups in Germany. Much of their design is similar to the Kauffman Firm Survey in that it tracks brand new businesses over more than six years to look at financing, innovation, labor, and firm strategies. The group will be presenting at a June 23/34 OECD/Kauffman event
which has a large focus on survey research design and we should get more of an overview of their data.
FragebogenALL_EN.pdf (65.33 kb)
4/27/2009 3:18:00 AM By
A new paper outlines some of the insights that can be learned through matching of patents and business databases as a complement to much of the Community Innovation Survey work in Europe. While I didn't find the paper to go very deeply into the issue, its pan-Nordic scope of consideration was unique to the papers that I have seen in this area.
One issue which the researchers didn't deal with in very much detail was the impact on their research of having to use Amadeus data instead of business register data for two countries. While researchers have little choice except to mix data sources, I do wonder what impacts this has on our understanding. Amadeus is becoming so heavily used in Europe, in international organizations, and even now by U.S. scholars doing cross-country work, but I would still like to understand more about its similarities and differences by country to other data sources. If anyone has references here, I'd welcome them.
4/20/2009 3:06:00 AM By
Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) held its semi-annual meeting of the Innovation Policy and the Economy working group. While I wasn't in attendance, I've heard from several who were that the session was of good quality. These meetings are held in DC each year to try to engage the policy audience and the research community on important topics in the area. Among this year's papers are some new work by Paula Stephan on immigration and innovation
, as well as Marie and Gerry Thursby which looks at the effects of Bayh-Dole on research
. Read all the papers.
4/17/2009 2:58:00 AM By
4/13/2009 8:46:00 AM By
There have been a number of interesting papers coming out recently trying to provide some frameworks for policy that supports high-growth businesses.
- Henrekson, Magnus and Johansson, Dan,Competencies and Institutions Fostering High-Growth Firms(July 4, 2008). IFN Working Paper No. 757. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1155480
The last one was released in mid-2008 but which I only became aware of in the last week comes from the Europe INNOVA project of the European Commission's Directorate General Enterprise and Industry. I wanted to point out with this particular study, that the report starts with a call for more research data sets on high-growth firms. The panel, like this author, believes that many of our policy limitations in this area are the direct result of lack of an adequate research data infrastructure.