Modern society is faced with a number of big challenges, and research and innovation play a key role in finding solutions to these challenges. With increased competition for funding, philanthropic organisations are continually looking for new and innovative ways to ensure that resources can go further. Blending loans with grants is one form of funding that foundations are currently exploring. With foundations independent status and freedom to experiment more, the philanthropic sector is in a prime position to explore new forms of funding their programmes.
This workshop will first explore this issue from a researcher’s perspective asking what innovative forms of funding are being explored, what role it can play and why it is beneficial to researchers. We will then hear from the European Investment Bank on how new forms of funding and how these development might be incorporated into the upcoming FP9, and what the possibilities are of partnering with foundations. Finally foundations will share their experiences so far with blended funding, looking at how this can be incorporated into funding strategies in different ways.
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