Research Into Use
The Central Research Team
LINK acted as Central Research Team (CRT) of RIU from October 2009 till June 30, 2011.
RIU (Research Into Use) is a research and development programme designed to put agricultural research into use for developmental purposes and to conduct research on how to do this. The programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and follows earlier investments by DFID in agricultural and natural resources research supported through its renewable natural resources research strategy (RRNRRS). While this strategy delivered high quality research the uptake of this research and its impact on social and economic progress was modest.
RIU seeks to address this both by supporting activities that put RNRRS research products into use, but also by investigating the wider question of the relationship between agricultural research and innovation. This wider investigation of the topic responds to extensive evidence that suggests that agricultural innovation is very often not the result of simply transferring research products to farmers, entrepreneurs and policymakers. More usually, research promotes innovation only when it is embedded in the wide set of relationships and processes involved in diffusing, combining and adapting ideas and putting them into use.
The key research question for RIU is not just to find the best way of putting research into use. Instead the key research question concerns understanding which sorts of configurations are relevant under which circumstances and at which stages in different innovation trajectories. In order to address this broad research question, RIU has selected six innovation narratives to organise its research around. These represent commonly found innovation narratives that are currently competing for attention in development policy. Each of these narratives has implicit hypotheses and specific questions. Understanding when and under what circumstance these narratives have relevance will make a major contribution to development research planning.
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