New research centre at TIK: Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science
What does it take for research to make a difference in society?
The latest buzzword in Research and Development circles is "impact". It's been around for a little while now, and it encompasses something that essentially everyone in research cares about: what is the impact of research? How do we use research results in society?
Ideally, the pathway from research idea to impact would be simple: a researcher is awarded a grant for her brilliant idea, the project is then conducted according to plan, and the results can be utilized for the greater good. Of course, it’s not that easy. It takes years of testing of new medications from concept to available medicine for sale at your nearest pharmacy. Scientific articles are published in the high-end journals long after a project has completed and the financing has run out, and prototypes are returned all the time because they’re just too close to an already existing patent.
Funding agencies want to see results. This is why researchers are currently spending a lot of time trying to foresee the results of their own research; -“Is there someone out there that can benefit from my results? What will be the possible impact of my research?
Several research traditions study both the direct and indirect impacts of research, though a lot of the research done has the research institutions themselves as a primary focus, and the different approaches do not really present a coherent overview of the status quo.
This is the point of departure for OSIRIS Oslo Institute for Research in the Impact of Science.
During the next eight years, researchers at OSIRIS will investigate impact from a broad stakeholder perspective, and contribute to building bridges between different approaches and communities.
OSIRIS is financed through the FORINNPOL program in the Research Council of Norway, and is hosted and hosted and led by TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, and it is carried out in partnership with Statistics Norway (SSB), INGENIO at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and MIOIR at the University of Manchester, as well as national and international user partners.