The European funding programmes for research and innovation – “FP7” for the 2007-2013 period, “Horizon 2020” for the 2014-2020 period – efficiently support the efforts of research and innovation organisations in Europe (and beyond, since they are also open to non-European organisations). Given its research-innovation-markets positioning and its mission to operate internationally, Sigma Orionis has logically become, over the years, increasingly involved in these programmes.
With a market context changing increasingly quickly, a research project requires reliable and up to date information about its technical, regulatory and competitive environment, together with accurate identification of the demand or potential impact of innovative products and services developed through the project. This knowledge influences the effectiveness of a project’s ‘research-innovation-markets’ process, whether it occurs under a EU-funded research programme or not. Sigma Orionis offers a wide range of services in this area.
The developments of a research project must be highly visible in order to increase its exploitation potential or to satisfy a commendable desire for knowledge sharing (a systematic objective of EU-funded projects). Of course, this objective should not be achieved at the expense of the need for confidentiality inherent in any innovative project. In addition, it is vital that the project’s exploitation potential is accurately assessed and that the business models on which the innovative products or services are to be based are reliably analysed. Sigma Orionis’ main services in terms of dissemination and exploitation are presented below.