Like Darpa, Jedi will aim to deliver developmental milestones along the path to strategically important technologies, including through prototyping. It will sit between academia and industry and fund projects lasting no more than two years.
Direct funding of regional university networks is being talked about by the EC and national governments. Another option would be rewarding universities according to how much they contribute to local innovation - using an assessment similar to the UK’s REF. EU support for universities is currently channelled only to specific projects, with no institutional discretion.
Industrial Strategy Brings Focus on Interdisciplinary Research
The UK government’s long-awaited industrial strategy has arrived. It brings with it a fund to support interdisciplinary research and funding boosts for both the research councils and quality-related research funding.