This project requires a rapid analysis of the current range of Challenge-led and Open innovation. The scope of methodologies analysed should be international and consider appropriate cases from outside the agricultural sector.
The aim of the report is to identify best practice Challenge-led and Open methodology(s) for rural industries in Australia. Particular attention should be paid to options for:
- Collaboratively funded Challenge-led innovation addressing complex industry and cross industry problems,
- Open competition rounds for smaller scale investment in innovative solutions for practical producer issues, and
- Open competition rounds for extending, repurposing or recycling research that has, to date, not been adopted or not been adopted in a particular sector.
The report should consider demonstrated benefits, outcomes, extension and adoption approaches of three to five relevant case studies. High-level discussion of costs, resources and timeframes from concept to delivery of the Challenge-led or Open methodologies is also required. Recommendations regarding delivery / hosting platforms, application processes, industry or sector issue selection and assessment processes must be included.
Consideration should be given to the merits and efficiencies of a multi-stakeholder approach to hosting and managing Challenge-led and Open innovation competition as compared to multiple separate single-stakeholder hosted competitions.
A workshop will be held to extend the findings and explore interest in further collaboration on Challenge-led and Open innovation. Participants will include RDCs and industry associations.
The final report will also include outcomes from the workshop and recommendations regarding practical next steps for both collaborative cross RDC Challenge-led and Open innovation processes.