TRIZ Trainings Network

At the TRIZ Summit in June 2019 in Minsk we discussed in more detail plans to set up an European TRIZ Trainings Network (TTN) and compile an EU proposal to support these plans.

EU proposals are open to Programme Countries and Associated Countries. Interest to join forces within this proposal signaled partners from Programme Countries, Belarus, Morocco and Russia. There are strong developments to include also Belarus into the list of Associated Countries, although the current state is not clear. Russia belongs to the “countries with jointly agreed co-funding mechanism covering most or all thematic areas”.

Meanwhile TRIZ groups in the Program Countries, Belarus and Russia expressed their interest to join forces on our project to compile an EU proposal in the proposed direction. This Web page contains the current state of preparation of this project as agreed within the communication on our mailing list (with archive accessible to members). If you are interested to join the project, please send a mail to Hans-Gert Gräbe as the main coordinator of the project proposal.

In parallel we are discussing to apply for a EC research project to set up a Research Network on Systematic Innovation (ReNSI).

Main ideas

TRIZ trainings exist or are to be developed in many places within the region under consideration.

The main focus of a TTN should therefore be the coordination and mutual support for these activities and the wider dissemination of Contradition Oriented Systematic Innovation (COSI) as an efficient methodology for solving complex problems that refuse simple, linear solutions, i.e. the 20% “Pareto-heavy” tasks, in particular in the newly emerging technology areas.

The big story could be based on the challenges that arise for Europe from the developments in the Asian region especially in this area (the mass-engineer-oriented training model MEOTM program in China, MATRIZ has massive membership growth from this region, so even majorities are changing), but so far are only halfheartedly encountered by the European research strategies.

The main directions of the project at large should cover the structures

To a lesser extent, there is a need for common curricular efforts, since many things already exist. In the proposal we should above all focus on the visibility and networking of such offers, so on the one hand address the meta-level of the description and common digital exposition of existing offers and on the other hand the practical exchange of students and graduates.

A strong link should be made to OER (Open Educational Resources), i.e. compile a stock of freely available (or cooperatively maintained) common material that can serve local business (both in education and training). So earn money not from IP but from Services.

Building the Consortium

Regardless of the specific application conditions, which, depending on the call for tenders, require a concentration on 3..5 key partners in a specific composition, which then also lead the respective EU proposal, we are consolidating the already visible network structures and create a pool of key partners and regional coordinators as the core of a coordinating structure in order to react quickly on new tenders.

The coordinators should

  1. represent the entire regional diversity,
  2. take over cooperation with other key partners in their respective region and
  3. take responsibility for individual work packages coordination.

The key partners support the coordinators in their work. The coordinators form the project consortium that meets the key decisions based on a previously public discussion on the project mailing list.

At the present time (12 Nov 2019) I agreed in negotiations with different persons on the following consortial structure (ML - this person subscribed to the project mailing list). The regions are listed in the order of the date of the agreement.

  1. Germany (Member State)
    • Leipzig University
      • Hans-Gert Gräbe (ML) - key partner, coordinator
      • Further members: Sabine Lautenschläger (ML), Ken Kleemann (ML)
      • Contributions: Heritage of the GDR Inventor School movement, WUMM project on open-sourcing TRIZ related material, application of semantic technologies, TRIZ and sustainability.
      • Expected Support from the Project: Build up a regional TRIZ trainings network both for inter company trainings (togehter with local IHK) and anchoring such training in the undergraduate student education at regional universities.
    • German TRIZ Network
      • Robert Adunka, Barbara Gronauer, Christian M. Thurnes (ML) - HS Kaiserslautern, Oliver Mayer (ML) - Bayern Innovativ (key partner), Andrea Badura - HS Landshut, Kai Hiltmann - HS Coburg, Rainer Eidloth (ML) - Schaeffler Group
      • Contributions: See the links to the web sites above, competence center OPINNOMETH at HS Kaiserslautern, TRIZ application and training at Schaeffler Group, more to be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • Pavel Livotov (HS Offenburg, ML) - key partner
      • Contributions: I would participate in the H2020 project application as a partner with at least two doctoral students in the field of TRIZ and Eco-Innovation in Process Engineering.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  2. Belarus (Region 2)
    • Belorussian State University
      • Konstantin Mulyarchik (ML) - coordinator
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • Target Invention
      • Nikolay Shpakovski (ML), TRIZ Master - key partner
      • Contributions: OTSM-TRIZ, TRIZ online training system used in Belarus, Korea, China, planned use in Leipzig
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  3. Ural Region (Region 4)
    • bmtriz.com
      • Anton Kozhemyako (ML, MA TRIZ director for Developing TRIZ Applications for Business and Management) - coordinator
      • Further members: Evgeni Pokalo
      • Contributions: Altshuller Library in Chelyabinsk, Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training, MA TRIZ director for TRIZ and Business (Anton)
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  4. Moscow Region (Region 4)
    • Moscow
      • Elena Redkolis (ML), npk-consult.com - coordinator
      • Further members: Dmitriy Bakhturin (Director of the TRIZ Center at Rostex, Vice President for new projects at MA TRIZ), Kirill Domkin
      • Contributions: Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  5. France (Member State)
    • INSA Strasbourg
      • Denis Cavallucci (ML) - coordinator
      • Contributions: In 2018 we compiled an - unfortunately unsuccessful - Erasmus+ grant application CLEIADE. The plan was to cluster 14 international higher education institutions to cooperate on the teaching of Inventive Design. The operational objective was to develop new and innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Teaching (ICTT) means to teach Inventive Design based on MOOC + Serious Game + Problem Based Learning (PBL). The research unit is fully dedicated to Inventive Design Theories, methods and tools, both in teaching and in research.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  6. Poland (Member State)
    • Warsaw
      • Jerzy Chrzaszcz (ML), Sergey Yatsunenko (Warsaw)
      • to be decided: coordinator for Poland
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  7. Austria (Member State)
    • Graz
      • Jürgen Jantschgi (ML)
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  8. Czech Republic (Member State)
    • Czech Republic
      • Pavel Jirman (ML)
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  9. Ukraina (Region 2)
    • Ukrainian Association TRIZ - no stable contact so far
      • Elena Gredynarova, Zaporozhye
      • Contributions: eidos TRIZ Online trainings system for children.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  10. Morocco (Region ?)
    • ENSA Marrakech - Université Cadi Ayyad
      • Rachid Benmoussa
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined

Further interest in cooperation have signaled so far

Funding Opportunities

A first approach, already discussed in Minsk, focused on an application for the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Program “Capacity Building in the field of higher education”). During consultations in October 2019 with the Saxonian office that promotes EU proposals, however, it turned out that the conditions to apply for this program in our consortium structure are not met. Instead, we are advised to focus on one of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) within the Horizon 2020 Work Program.

For MSCA see

In particular, the MSCA-ITN-2020 call on Innovative Training Networks was considered to be suitable tender, although the focus of such an application must be on a joint doctoral program, which only indirectly promotes further aspects of the development of a TTN (from in-company trainings to integration in undergraduate academic education). Here it would be worth considering whether further EU funding programs can be used for these aspects in addition.

MSCA-ITN-2020 offers funding for general collaborative European Training Networks (ETN, 445 Mio. Euro), for European Industrial Doctorates (EID, 40 Mio. Euro) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD, 45 Mio. Euro). EJD is reserved for true academic joint doctorate programs, hence is not appropriate for us. ETN is very broad in its direction, hence the success rate was low. The office claimed that the success rate was higher in MSCA-ITN-EID since there are more focused requirements (both partners from academia and from industry are requied in the consortium).

Hence we plan to concentrate forces to apply for the MSCA-ITN-EID tender and to set up an European Network of academic doctorates in the area of Contradiction Oriented Systematic Innovation.

Some more considerations about the constraints:

From the call

Scope: ITN (at large) supports competitively selected joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

Each programme should have a clearly identified supervisory board co-ordinating network-wide training and establishing active and continuous communication and exchange of best practice among the participating organisations to maximise the benefits of the partnership.

The programme should exploit complementary competences of the participating organisations, and enable sharing of knowledge, networking activities, the organisation of workshops and conferences.

Training responds to well identified needs in defined research areas, with appropriate references to inter-and multidisciplinary fields and follows the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. It should be primarily focused on scientific and technological knowledge through research on individual, personalised projects.

In order to increase the employability of the researchers, the research training should be complemented by the meaningful exposure of each researcher to the non-academic sector. Secondments of the researcher to other beneficiaries and partner organisations are encouraged, but should be relevant, feasible, beneficial for the researchers and in line with the project objectives. …

In EID, the joint supervision of the researcher must be ensured by at least one supervisor from the academic sector and one supervisor from the non-academic sector. These arrangements will be taken into account during the evaluation of the proposal.

Additional Information

There is a list of expected impact at several levels at the end of the call that should be addressed in the proposal.

There is a list of projects that were successful within the last (2018) MSCA-ITN call.

The call is open since 12 Sep 2019, the deadline is 14 Jan 2020, so it is very sportive to compile an application in the remaining time.

Open Questions

Hans-Gert Gräbe - Last update 12 Nov 2019