Because of the relative complexity of attempting to cover all economic sectors OQSI has concentrated on pehaps the most complex domain of agriculture, research, innovation and economic development.
There are significant gains to be made in human wellbeing by disseminating and applying state-of-the-art technologies and techniques in agriculture. But with advanced in knowledge, technologies and techniques and the many different circumstances of production associated with bioclimate (soil, weather and ecosystem conditions) the powerhouse for sustained real economic growth is research and innovation. However, this requires robust operational procedures that help focus research on matters that can result in practical advantages to those who adopt resulting innovations in economic and social terms.
Because of this constant evolution in circumstances of the environment, technologies and appropriate techniques, training and mentoring of those concerned with research is of fundamental importance in enuring that the research and innovation process is effective and efficient. There is, therefore, a need for an extension service that supports the introduction of improved due diligence procedures for project design to ensure that, through the provision of information, training and mentoring, researchers optimise their project designs so as to maximise their return on investment while minimising risk.
OQSI's' recommended procedures are embeded in tasks of online systems (learn more about these...) which will go live in January 2018 and which will facilitate hands-on training.