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Collaborating to Make Innovation More Rewarding

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As indicated in the following examples, innovation opportunities are expanding, and the nature of innovation is changing.

This includes organizations being more collaborative to –

  • Leverage different and complementing skills – from internal and external resources
    …including those having various domain knowledge, experiences, insights, etc. 
  • Have diversity and inclusivity in the innovation process
  • View innovation as a journey – not a specific project
  • Create and develop the Innovation Mindset and Culture
  • Learn how to balance “ Process and Predictability “ with “ Inspiration and Insight “
  • Ensure the innovation team includes people with strong business and technology skills
  • Better manage the risks associated with change
  • Make Innovation more rewarding to meaningfully improve outcomes

Organizations seeking to collaborate with outside expertise include:

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson invites applications to its Diversity in Innovation QuickFire Challenge promoting collaborative thinking among inclusive teams and offering an opportunity for innovators to receive funding and mentorship to advance their science. One award of up to $250,000, access to the global JLABS network, and mentorship by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies may be made.

Department of Agriculture

The US National Institute of Food and Agriculture invites applications to its Organic Transitions program to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers and those who are adopting organic practices. Multiple awards with a combined total of up to $5.8 million may be made.

The US Forest Service invites applications to its Wood Innovations program to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. Multiple awards with a combined total of up to $8 million may be made.

Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy invites applications to its High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation program to establish collaborations that address key manufacturing challenges by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis and that address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials that perform well in severe or complex environments. Multiple awards of up to $300,000 each may be made.

+  many other organizations conducting “ Innovation Challenges “ ,  Hackathons , various other competitions and investment initiatives  –  to expand the options to move forward, create value, and benefit from change.

Dec 9, 2019          –          CAIL Innovation commentary 

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