Knowledge Acceleration and Responsible Innovation Meta-network (KARIM)

About the project

The KARIM project was designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North West Europe access innovation support and technology and make the region more competitive by creating a network of centres collaborating on technology transfer.

‌The KARIM project was structured into 17 actions which brought together a partnership of eight organisations, including innovation support agencies, universities, regional government agencies and SME support organisations.

Some of the outputs of this collaborative partnership were:

  • A map of existing support for innovation and technology transfer across North West Europe (NWE)
  • Identification of key priority markets and technology opportunities for all SME sectors in NWE 
  • A transnational ICT platform for events, training and coaching opportunities and access to market foresight analysis
  • Several transnational events and 'open forums' 
  • Several collaborative transnational projects 
  • Building university capacities to provide technology transnationally 
  • An examination of the differing roles of university spin-out companies across NWE 
  • Building SME capacities to access innovation support and technology transnationally 
  • The development of responsible innovation as a sound innovation philosophy 

The project started in September 2009 and ran until December 2014.