Science Commercialisation Partnerships

Aus4Innovation is about creating and using science, innovation and technology for economic, social and environmental benefit.

The Science Commercialisation Partnerships (SCP) stream looks specifically at delivering research and technology to market through science commercialisation approaches and research-industry partnerships, in Vietnam’s agriculture and food sector. Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is partnering with Vietnam’s national agency for technology and commercialisation, NATEC, to deliver the program activities.

SCP activities fall into three pathways. Activities in each pathway have been identified by our partners as priorities and opportunities to strengthen Vietnam’s innovation capacity.

Connecting research to market

This pathway is about piloting different ways for research and business to work together to commercialise science and technology and to solve known industry challenges.

SCP is testing multiple approaches for partnering – from traditional approaches like licensing and contracting, to non-traditional approaches like regional innovation clusters and graduate-industry programs in universities.

The experiences and insights from SCP will be used to scale successes and systems to other research institutes beyond the program.


Building commercialisation capability

This pathway is about building skills, experience and institutional capacity in science commercialisation and industry collaboration in Vietnam’s public research institutions.

It addresses both institutional interest in building these capabilities, and political interest in supporting commercialisation and collaboration across the country.

Examples include training and mentoring in global best practice for commercialising agriculture and food technology for sustainable outcomes, and co-developed guidance for national and institutional policies.


Scaling for sustainability and impact

This pathway is about creating sustainable impact beyond our pilot activities. It brings together what we have learned from SCP, what we know about leverage points in the innovation system and Vietnam’s emerging policy needs for science, technology and innovation.

SCP’s unique policy contribution is in commercialisation of agriculture and food research, supporting Aus4Innovation’s focus on innovation as part of science and technology policy. Examples of current activities include:

  • developing recommendations for national policymakers, donors and research organisations, based on success, challenges and lessons from SCP capacity and commercialisation activities;
  • supporting NATEC’s annual and ten-year science and technology planning;
  • supporting NATEC’s contribution to VISTI’s Science, Technology and Innovation monitoring and planning with evidence and recommendations for science commercialisation for social and economic impact;
  • sharing experiences from Australia to support the development of effective approaches to science commercialisation and collaboration for Vietnam.