ENVIMPACT Survey about dissemination and exploitation practices of RTD results from researchers
The promotion was done primarily by the project partners, but other relative institutions (EEN
network, cooperation partners etc.) have promoted as well the survey. As results we have up to
now a participation of 350 organizations well balanced between the CEE and the EU15 countries.
from countries shows a concentration in the countries directly participating in the project but
is also extended to neighbor countries (Baltic countries, Mediterranean area, Holland, etc).
Following diagram shows the real participation up to April 2012:
The survey has been used as a basis for the SWOT analysis done in the project. It had a first block of questions related to the kind or organization participating in the survey and the rest was oriented to the exploitation and dissemination practices of the participants. Only researchers having participated in a RTD project in the areas addressed in ENVIMPACT (air pollution, chemical pollution and environmental technologies) have been invited to participate, and the questions of the survey were mostly linked to one project.
Since ENVIMPACT has researchers as a target group (vs. SMEs in
PROCEED), it is not surprising that 92% of the answers come from universities and research
centers and that research is normally very relevant in these organizations:
Further, all 3 technology sectors addressed in the project are well represented in the project with a major participation of environmental technologies:
Most of the participating researches (95%) had experience with EU projects, but less than a half had experience as project coordinator.
We can observe a high concentration of the organizations (in this case also persons) coordinating EU projects whereas the participation as partner is much more broad. In following diagram we can see the different experience of the participating persons:
Although 61% of the projects represented in the survey were initiated by the researchers answering the survey, only 43% were coordinated by them. This indicates a tendency in looking for more experienced teams in EU project management for the coordination of the projects. 85% of the teams were built among partners that already had experience in cooperating with each other, room for new contacts remaining only for 15% of the cases.
Almost half of the projects had SMEs
as participants (49%), being almost always end-users. In a further 15% of the cases there were
end users in the projects that were not SMEs. The kind of results achieved was quite balanced,
mostly the participants gained know how, but also new processes, improved products, training
material etc. On the other hand, a big majority of all projects participating in the survey had
an exploitation plan in the description of work (73%), even though many of them had no SME
end-users directly participating in the consortium. Also, as shown in the diagrams below, almost
all projects had budget foreseen for dissemination (82%)
The analysis of the most used
distribution channels shows that the internet (web) together with publication in papers, personal
contacts and conferences are the most effective dissemination channels. Following chart shows the
distribution of the most effective channels (the researchers have given 4 and 5 points to these
channels, 0 meaning less effective and 5 most effective):