Issue a Call for InnovationCalls for Innovation is a CrowdSourcing method the EDGE® Innovation Network uses to notify government and EDGE members (industry and academia) about an opportunity to innovate. Commonly referred to as CFIs, the objective is to share a technology opportunity or capability gap with a wide audience and then let the responders share innovative solutions with the CFI author. Read more about issuing a CFI - "Crowd Sourcing with Calls for Innovation"
Calls for Innovation summarize opportunities or gaps that exist for a wide array of end users (industry, government and academia). CFIs are similar to Requests For Information (RFIs) in that the author is looking to receive feedback about their written needs. CFIs can be written and published in response to immediate end user needs and have short-term business opportunities associated with them, or they can contain a request for general information gathering that might be in advance of an anticipated business opportunity. CFIs stimulate idea generation and collaboration among EDGE members.
Who can issue a Call for Innovation?
CFIs can be issued by the EDGE Innovation Network, EDGE Innovation Centers, Government/ Customers, End Users, and EDGE Innovation Network members.
When should a CFI be issued?
Anytime you are looking to find an innovative approach to solving a current or anticipated problem or gap in your technology, you should consider creating and issuing a CFI. The process is flexible to your timeline and requirements.
Why should a CFI be issued?
Responses from CFIs will provide you with potential innovative solutions or new methods or applications of your service/technology. Responses from EDGE members may lead to new partnerships or collaborations.
What are the benefits of issuing a CFI?
You can receive information about existing or possible technologies that may be outside of your sphere of influence. These technologies could potentially be applied to your organization's current portfolio resulting in potential funding for significant advancements that end users are seeking to improve efficiency or effectiveness.
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