With a track record of promoting commercialisation from the academic base and a Fellowship which includes many of Scotland's key opinion formers, drawn from the business and academic communities, the RSE has set up a Business Innovation Forum to identify and stimulate processes that will increase business Innovation investment and to suggest how appropriate strategies should be developed in Scotland.
The Forum was launched at the Scottish Parliament on 28 January 2010. It is chaired by RSE VIce-President Ian Ritchie.
Its remit is to:
As a follow up to the Innovation Friendly Scotland paper, the Forum has conducted a study on the Financing of Business Innovation in Scotland which will be submitted to the Scottish Government. This paper was published in October 2012.
On 30th May 2013, the RSE took a group of twenty five academics and university research funding administrators to visit the European Parliament in Brussels to learn more about the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme. The group were welcomed by Alyn Smith MEP, whose office had organised the day of meetings for the group and subsidised the visit.
The group met with three of the six Scottish MEPs and learned how the European Parliament operates and its relationship with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. The group then had a series of meetings which included presentations from:- John Smith, Deputy Secretary General (Research & Innovation) of the European University Association (EUA); Benjamin Turner, Policy Analyst in the Support to the Scientific Council unit of the European Research Centre (ERC); Scottish Government EU Office officials; Luca Polizzi and Charles Abbott of Scotland Europa; and Brendan Hawdon, Head of Unit – Framework Programme, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.
All but two of the Scottish Universities were represented in the group and a wealth of information was gained which included:-