The driving force behind TiFN is to develop and apply the knowledge needed to provide sustainably produced, healthy and attractive food products. Our partners believe this challenge can only be met when it is fueled by non-competitive, public-private research. Today’s challenges encompass the natural, economic, social and consumer sciences, which must be addressed as one. We facilitate close working relationships, in projects that provide insights and deliver the impact industry and society requires.
Across the globe, many organizations and institutions find collaborating with competitors in a non-competitive setting a unique opportunity. At TiFN this has been everyday practice since our founding, 23 years ago. Partners benefit from our home-grown governance structure, and project management tools that ensure effective working together.
An example is how we create separate project and expert councils and organize regular meetings for them. We also invite independent reviewers to comprehensively evaluate project processes and outcomes, mid-term, from scientific, industrial and societal perspectives.
Other examples are our Ambition-To-Results (A2R) and Results-To-Success (R2S) workshops: gatherings that help project partners clearly define research targets and maximize synergy when valorizing results. In the A2R workshops we ensure that research questions are well-articulated and in line with the expectations of the partners involved. In the R2S workshops, held one year before the completion of a project, we evaluate whether every partner’s research targets will be achieved. We also examine whether it will be possible to improve valorization of generated knowledge during the final year, and what that might require.
TiFN guides the project from start to finish, based on previous learning, and continuously strives for effective ways of working.
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