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Building a new foundation for innovation : results of a workshop for the National Science Foundation
Larson, Eric V. (Eric Victor), 1957-
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Santa Monica, CA : Science and Technology Policy Institute, RAND, 2002.
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xx, 104 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"Prepared for the National Science Foundation."

"MR-1534-NSF"--P. [4] of cover.
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1660 Lexile.
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This study reports the efforts of a workshop to buildpartnerships between universities, industry, and governments.In 2000, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program. The PFI is part of a larger NSF effort to build anew foundation for innovation based upon partnerships between university,industry, and local and regional governments that also will be responsive toemerging economic and social challenges facing the nation. In June 2001, a workshop held in Arlington, Virginia, brought together PFI grantees andrepresentatives from university and industry to consider the roles of thePFI and the NSF in the larger national innovation enterprise. This reportsynthesizes workshop discussions regarding innovation and sustainablepartnerships. The workshop revealed strong support for a formal evaluationof the PFI program and endorsed both an expanded NSF role in promotinginnovation and partnerships through the PFI and other programs and continued efforts by NSF to further diversify and better exploit synergies between its innovation-supporting programs.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Acronymsp. xix
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Overview of the PFI and the Workshopp. 7
The Program Solicitationp. 7
The Review Processp. 8
The Partnershipsp. 10
The Workshopp. 11
Chapter 3 Innovation: From the Creation of Knowledge to National Well-Beingp. 13
From Knowledge to Innovationp. 14
Mining the Seamsp. 14
Measurement Issuesp. 14
From Innovation to Wealthp. 16
Characteristics of Commercially Useful Researchp. 17
Principal Challenges or Barriers to Commercializationp. 18
Means for Eliminating Barriersp. 20
Measurement Issuesp. 21
From Wealth to National Well-Beingp. 21
Considering Comparative (and Competitive) Advantagesp. 21
Measurement Issuesp. 23
Conclusionsp. 24
Chapter 4 Catalyzing Partnerships to Enable Infrastructure and Broaden Participationp. 25
Catalyzing Partnerships for Innovationp. 26
Establishing a Visionp. 26
Establishing Performance Goals and Benchmarksp. 27
Identifying Leadersp. 27
Recruiting Committed Partnersp. 28
Identifying Comparative and Competitive Advantagesp. 32
Resolving Intellectual Property Issuesp. 33
Developing Plansp. 36
Competing, Communicating, and Resolving Conflictsp. 37
Catalyzing Enabling Infrastructure to Foster Long-Term Innovationp. 39
Developing Human Capitalp. 39
Creating Networks that Embed Social Capitalp. 40
Providing Physical Facilities and Supportp. 42
Challenges and Barriers to Sustainabilityp. 44
Measurement Issuesp. 44
Broadening Participation in the National Innovation Enterprisep. 48
Measurement Issuesp. 48
Conclusionsp. 49
Chapter 5 Implications for the NSFp. 51
Evaluating the PFI Programp. 51
The NSF's Roles in Innovationp. 52
Catalyzing Changep. 53
Enhancing Institutionsp. 53
Forging Connectionsp. 53
Establishing Standards and Identifying Best Practicesp. 53
Nurturing Alternative Modelsp. 54
Looking to the Futurep. 56
A. PFI Steering Group Membersp. 59
B. PFI Granteesp. 61
C. PFI Workshop Attendeesp. 63
D. PFI Workshop Agendap. 67
E. Charges to Breakout Sessionsp. 73
F. Summary of Key Workshop Findings and Recommendationsp. 77
G. Observations on PFI Evaluation Criteriap. 89
Bibliographyp. 97