Earlier this evening I attended a Cambridge Network event where Jaideep Prabhu—co-author of the book “Jugaad Innovation” and professor at the Judge Business School—gave a talk about innovation practices in developing economies.
Compared to their counterparts in the affluent West, Indian innovators seem to be more:
- Frugal. They need to do more with less resources
- Flexible. High uncertainty means they need to change their plans more often
- Inclusive. Targeted at reaching consumers and partners outside the established economy
I have just been informed that a Horizon 2020 proposal I co-wrote has been positively evaluated.
The proposal I co-wrote earlier this year was one of only two proposals evaluated positively to receive funding from the 20 that were submitted for the FoF-4 call. It deals with how the ubiquitous ITC infrastructure and data-gathering that is part of the Factories-of-the-Future (Industry 4.0) concept can be utilised to improve the attractiveness of factories as a place of work for the well-trained employees the manufacturing sector needs.
The Horizon 2020 proposal I’ve been writing—submitted earlier this week—deals with improved numerical simulation tools for the behaviour of complex, composite materials.
Think about carbon-fibre reinforced car bodies, aircraft wings, or surf boards. The performance of composite parts not only depends on the constituent materials, but to a large extend on fibre/matrix structure and material interactions at the molecular scale (e.g. fibre/matrix adhesion).
As in previous years I am again working with Bax & Willems Consulting Venturing of Barcelona (a company founded by my brother Laszlo), co-writing two proposals for calls from the Horizon 2020 EU innovation programme. This initiative is a successor to the FP7 framework programmes of the past few years with a somewhat changed approach.