Support & Partnerships

Resources to support the invention education ecosystem through collaborations between universities, industry, innovation communities, and non-profits


University-to-industry collaborations to increase financial resources, train students, develop technologies, employ graduates, and promote research development. Collaborations between university and industry partners are essential for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction.

Tools for Industry Collaborations

Measuring the Value of Invention

This report assesses the societal impact of the inventions awarded by the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology program and examines the benefits of supporting invention and innovation.

Strengthening University-Industry Linkages in Africa: A Study on Institutional Capacities and Gaps

The following study examined the relationships between industry and Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to determine what structures, policies, positions, and funding are currently present - or lacking - and what best practices HEI's can follow.

AHEAD National Innovation System Benchmarking Tool

National Innovation Systems can be characterized as the network of public and private sectors whose interactions create and diffuse new technologies. The following resource provides an array of benchmarks and statistics to gauge this network's progress and trajectory.

Perspective of Industry’s Engagement with African Universities

The following study examined the relationships between industry and African universities. The analysis revealed the factors that facilitate or inhibit stronger university-industry partnerships, including cultural divides, economic crisis, and social policy.

Open Innovation and Innovation Intermediaries in Sub-Saharan Africa

This study examines innovation landscapes in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the role of key intermediaries.

Science-based health innovation in sub-Saharan Africa

This study examines health innovation in Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Characterizing partnerships for research and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the case of the Africa-EU ProIntensAfrica Initiative

This study examines bi-regional partnerships between sub-Saharan Africa and the European Union through a case study on the Africa-EU ProIntensAfrica Initiative.

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