The project funnel is the way in which innovation projects are structured at the UOC.
On the basis of the maximum possible number of ideas or hypotheses to be trialled, they are filtered, selected and trialled to end up, finally, with a valid innovation for transfer both internally, to the UOC itself, and possibly externally to other institutions.
The institutional objective of the continuous improvement of UOC services and activities means that faculty and administrative staff generate an irregular flow of ideas (PHASE I) that arise from the identification of needs that are not met and opportunities in the framework of the innovation challenges defined by the University.
The Innovation area of the eLearn Center acts as a catalyst of these ideas and offers mechanisms and support so they can be conceptualized (PHASE II). The result of this phase generates a set of experimentation needs that are developed in the Experimentation Laboratory (PHASE III). After these experiments have been conducted and the hypotheses posed have been successfully validated, a transformation phase of the experiment begins (consolidation process/pre-production stage) to integrate it as an innovation (PHASE IV). Occasionally, this innovation is transferred to other institutions, with the addition of modifications should they be necessary.
The innovation projects proposed by UOC staff (faculty and administration) are developed and tested in the Experimentation Laboratory in a different environment from that of production. If it is believed that it might be of interest to integrate them in the UOC operational chain, they will have to undergo a subsequent consolidation process/pre-production stage to be able to put them into production.