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Knowledge Transfer: What is a ‘Knowledge Output’?

Intrigo have been collecting knowledge of potential interest to the Irish aquaculture sector since mid-2019. As explained in the first blog post, the objective of this BIM-funded initiative is to identify technology and innovations that can help Ireland reach its aquaculture production targets by 2030. Thus far, over 120 Knowledge Outputs have been collected from a range of aquaculture sectors that are relevant to Ireland: microalgae and seaweed, finfish, and shellfish.

… But what is a Knowledge Output?

IATiP uses a state-of-the-art definition of a ‘Knowledge Output’, developed as part of the COLUMBUS project. Here a Knowledge Output is defined as a “unit of knowledge or learning generated by, or through, research activity. Knowledge Outputs are not limited to de-novo or pioneering discoveries but may also include new methodologies/processes, adaptations, insights, alternative applications of prior know-how/ knowledge”. For example, a single publication or report may contain several such units of knowledge e.g. a methodology, prototype, and research finding.

When interviewing researchers or companies, a thorough understanding of the specific knowledge generated by the research, or product available, is required. For each Knowledge Output, a profile of the technology or innovation is developed. This profile contains the following:

  • A short, descriptive title.
  • Basic information about the knowledge owner, their contact information, and the funding instrument, project, or company associated with the knowledge.
  • Details of intellectual property, to ensure that associated protection is maintained.
  • A quantified representation of the output’s maturity level, as defined using Technology Readiness Levels.
  • A detailed description of the innovation which outlines its key features, defining how it compares to other available solutions and highlighting why it is of interest to the Irish aquaculture community.

What happens next?

Once the knowledge output has been collected, it then enters two further stages: analysis and transfer. More insights into these processes will be shared in future blogs. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please contact Intrigo Senior Project Manager, Georgia Bayliss-Brown, by email (georgia@intrigo.eu).