IOF research and innovation managers are fellowships that offer structural support for research conducted with the aim of valorising the research results of the involved research groups (consortium). The duties of an IOF research and innovation manager are to help develop and promote new technologies in view of implementation in industry, and hence also to increase the IOF parameters of the university (with special attention to P3: industrial revenues, P4: EU frame program, P5: patents and P6: spin-off companies).
The allocation procedure comprises two steps: The first stage involves the selection of groups for the research consortium that will host the new fellow. During the second stage, the text of the vacancy for the IOF research and innovation manager is prepared in consultation with the spokesman of the consortium. The IOF fellow is then to be hired and integrated into the spokesman’s research group.
A consortium has at least two promoters belonging to different research groups; each consortium member is to contribute substantially to the consortium by offering knowledge that can be valorized.
A consortium is a dynamic structure in time. Both consortia with a critical mass of strategic and applied research and consortia with large potential in this respect are eligible. Research themes should be conceived in a broad sense but preferentially deal with one or several technology domains with demonstrable valorisation potential in the medium or long term. Promoters are University of Antwerp academic staff or else teaching or scientific staff of the AUHA university colleges, provided they have a doctoral degree and a permanent position. One of the promoters acts as spokesman of the research consortium. He or she is a full-time University of Antwerp tenured academic staff member (or equal: > 80%).
The postdoctoral fellow holds a doctoral degree or has at least five years of relevant experience, preferentially in the research field of the consortium, and should have strong entrepreneurial and communicative skills. Important assets are past experience with both the academic sector and industry and experience in attracting external strategic and applied research (both private and public sector) at both the national and international level. Further important qualities are a solid knowledge of technology transfer processes for academic knowledge and strong managerial skills allowing to synergetically manage a wide array of projects.
Duration – Budget
The fellowships are basically permanent positions.
The budget comprises the wage of the researcher (BAP researcher; wage scale according to academic qualifications and professional experience) and also an annual operation budget.