Between 2011 and 2017 Commit has brought together scientific research, non-profit organizations and companies in ICT in fifteen public-private projects that played an important role on an international level. More than 130 partners, including universities, technology institutes and more than eighty large and small businesses, worked together. As such, COMMIT/ contributed to strengthening of the Dutch top sectors and helped to maintain the competitive edge the Netherlands has as a knowledge country. Commit’s revenue was €110 million, of which the government contributed €50 million and the remaining €60 million was paid for by knowledge institutes, companies and non-profit organizations.
Which areas did Commit cover?
Commit was a use-inspired fundamental ICT-research program in well-being and well-working, in public safety, science, information services and search, and with applications in culture, agriculture, and health care. Its ICT-research program covered the range from small embedded systems, to sensor networks and on to large scale networks, from interaction data, to numerical content and on to text and pictorial web content.
What were the results?
Commit has succeeded in combining excellent knowledge partners with industry. It has served as a bridge for the knowledge gap and differences, in ways of working and problem solving in academia and industry. The results transcend considerably beyond the state-of-the-art. Commit partners rose to a higher level in science, and at the same time they have been steered in their selection of problems by their high-tech partners. Simultaneously, high-tech companies have been made better competitive by tapping into a shorter time-to-market of new ideas proven to be robust in this program.
The results are reflected in several Commit publications:The golden demos of Commit, COMMOTION – a magazine for the public with interviews and articles - and How to valorize your research. Commit research has often reached the press, from professional literature, to widely read newspapers and online media. Through a collaboration with Kennislink the knowledge could be spread even further to a general public. Many films were made within the Commit Community to explain the research in an understandable way. Commit funded many PhD researchers that successfully defended their PhD thesis. Finally, Commit has organized conferences and workshops that targetted actors in the ICT innovation system that are not part of Commit.
From 2018 on Commit has started to focus on strengthening and making visible the collaboration between knowledge institutions and companies in the field of ICT Science. The fifteen research projects have been completed. Much of the research that emerged from this is being continued in other projects and studies. In the coming years, Commit will put its energy into undertaking various activities to link and to make visible the public-private partnership in the field of ICT Science.