Support for Research

Breaking down the barriers to climate action

Bassmati Innovation Community is uniquely placed to overcome the challenges of bringing climate-focused innovation and research to market. 

We work on an innovation model of knowledge exchange and technology transfer. In this model, there are flows of knowledge and experimental learning between government, academia, industry, and civil society, feeding back on strategy and decision-making to create socially accountable policies and practices. This model of innovation and knowledge exchange aims to:

  • connect expertise with resources and know-how
  • help sectors overcome information silos and gaps in knowledge and information
  • help reduce the risk associated with innovation by being the first to invest and support
  • nurture the most innovative ideas and apply scientific insight to commercial contexts

Open Innovation has become a major phenomenon in facilitating innovations and accelerating and enhancing the innovation process.

The use of external knowledge, user-driven innovations, networks and even entire ecosystems composed of different actors jointly contributing to new solutions is now a mainstreamed way of facilitating innovation. This shift in innovation practices is underlined by the fact that an increasing share of innovations are presently created in a process in which using, doing and interacting is a fundamental approach. This approach, it appears, is replacing more traditional innovation processes driven by the push of science and technology.

Open Innovation is not only important to the companies and their networks but equally valuable to the public sector, and cities in particular. Long-term observations show that there has been an increase in interaction and dialogue between the public sector and other stakeholders – including citizens, enterprises and knowledge institutions. Open Innovation represents a continuation of this trend, creating an opportunity for a city to innovate and design services as well as carry out its economic development policy in a new way.

Towards an Open Innovation Framework

Pooling collective knowledge and expertise

Sometimes even proven innovations struggle to reach scale in the marketplace as a result of missing competencies, poor understanding of market, or regulatory barriers.

We pool collective knowledge and expertise to address such specific gaps and overcome the barriers to scaling by:

  • Demonstrating: is where climate innovators can demonstrate that their innovation works and is a viable proposition on which to create a “business”, whether for profit or not. It is designed to support multiple stakeholders with funding and services to de-risk the demonstration of innovations.
  • Scaling: by bringing together providers with scaling services and innovators in need of support to scale their proven innovations. It provides funding and support for the development and implementation of scaling services that can be applied to proven innovations proposed by our community.
  • Evidence generation: Science-based policies constitute, for climate change issue, an important and effective weapon that can be used by policy makers to improve conditions of local populations. In order to improve the knowledge exchange process that leads to the formulation of such policies, scientific backed studies must be made available. 

With a mission is to embrace the complexity of applying system innovation to climate change and make it accessible and useful for practitioners and policy-making processes. Our network of Innovation Hubs enable science-policy-practice interface on system thinking and transitions by:

  • Knowledge development: by drawing on the findings emerging from climate change and action literature to capitalize on results.
  • Test, experimentation and implementation: the hubs develop their own external cooperation with higher education, research and service sectors to disseminate this knowledge by including challenge-led participatory processes with regional and local stakeholders.

Connecting research and policy with practitioner’s challenges

Know More About Our Research Program

We invite high quality proposals that examine significant questions of public concern in our thematic areas.