As its point of departure this paper takes that diffusion of research results from EU funded research consortia might face greater challenges than other collaborations due to the way diffusion to a higher extent depends upon the members’ faith in and motivation for further development. The paper therefore emphasises the role of internal determinants in processes of diffusion.
Based on a case study of the research consortium LowHeat, the paper tries to go back in the process of innovation and study how the consortium has worked together and how their perceptions of LowHeat are as the project is approaching its closure.
With a reference to the Actor-Network Theory the study also includes how non-human actors like time, motivation and language have affected the innovation process and the members’ understanding of LowHeat. The main theoretical references however, are made to theories on innovation and diffusion combined with communication theories. This theoretical framework underlines the paper’s focus on interaction, communication and understanding in innovation processes as it is the researcher’s belief that internal processes in consortia might be more important in regards of diffusion than previous studies have focused on.
Although new network connections and exchange of knowledge is a valuable outcome from collaborative projects, diffusion of the results is the primary goal of projects funded by the EU. This paper therefore argues that a higher focus placed on attracting motivated project members and keeping them motivated and committed to the project might prove valuable for future research consortia.
Keywords: Diffusion, Framework funded research projects, Internal determinants, Innovation, Communication