Technology Transfer from Public Research Organisations can take many forms. One of these is providing contract research and advisory services to external organisations. This could entail using specialised equipment and laboratories to carry out testing, possibly to a particular recognised standard; analysing and interpreting data and producing a written report; or using the core expertise of the research group to advise an external group on a new product or service.
In October EU4TECH launched its Component 2 activity: Support for contract research and advisory services.
Under this component we are working with 15 Public Research Organisations from the region to help them undertake a ‘health-check’ of their present approach to contract research and then to produce a strategic roadmap that reflects how they want to develop this type of activity over the next 3-5 years. Participating faculties will then be invited to participate in the EU4TECH summer schools on technology transfer and possibly to receive some support to develop proposals to an anticipated regional Proof of Concept Grant scheme.
At the heart of our activity is understanding how and why each PROs wishes to develop this type of ‘technology transfer activity. We are looking at their resources, examining their constraints and trying to see how we can help them unlock their potential in a way that fits to the overall strategic plan for the University or Faculty. To help us make this rapid assessment we are using an online tool as well as face-to-face meetings (see below).
We are also trying to interview one or more enterprise who has worked successful with each University. They represent the ‘Voice of the Customer’ (VoC). We want to understand what was most valuable for them from the experience and what might make it better in the future.
In November we started the process with the University of Montenegro who is our ‘pilot’. We followed quite quickly with the Universities in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. We have now extended this to UKIM and SEEU in fYROM as well as the University of Pristina in Kosovo*, and three PROs from Albania: The Agricultural University of Tirana, the University of Tirana and the Polytechnic of Tirana. By the end of this year we will have 15 PROs from 6 countries participating.
Below you can find some links to our 15 PROs partners. We will be updating their online profiles as we collect information through Component 2.
For more information on EU4TECH component 2 contact Dr Lisa Cowey (KE2) firstname.lastname@example.org