The project will proceed in 4 steps:
- Mapping of existing resources, tools, etc., for the support of knowledge transfer, as well as identification and analysis of the specific expectations, needs and problems of researchers and SMEs in the process (study sample: 180 representatives of the agro-food and forestry sectors)
- Development of a suitable toolkit containing a funding opportunities database, a knowledge communication & marketing tool, a knowledge-potential evaluation tool and a knowledge transfer post evaluation tool. Tools will be refined via a focus group of external experts (EU & non-EU)
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- mapping the environment for KT;
- development of tools to assist KT;
- development of training material on concepts that can facilitate KT;
- deployment of the training material and the developed tools.
The partners have mapped the main existing resources that can support KT, namely, funding schemes, support projects and initiative. The partners have also completed a survey on the perceived hurdles for KT.
Taking into consideration the results of the survey of researchers and enterprises, the consortium has developed:
i. A practical KT toolkit for researchers and industrial SMEs, which includes:
a. a database of support available for KT;
b. a communication tool, which can assist researchers into formulating information about their specific know-how in the most effective way for the targeted audience;
c. a tool for the evaluation of the potential of knowledge;
d. a tool for the ex-post evaluation of the KT process.
The database will be annually updated by the partners until the end of the project and the first update had been completed until September 2010.
The toolkit, after been presented for an initial assessment to a number of experts from universities and enterprises, was completed in its final form with a small delay (six months). It should be noted that the tools are of relevance to most of the bio-economy sectors, which widens the field of application and the tank of the potential beneficiaries.
ii. A comprehensive set of training modules for researchers, SMEs and KT professionals focusing on important points that can facilitate knowledge exploitation and the academia - industry cooperation.
The training modules were tested and improved through a three small-scale workshops at selected university, technology centre and SME audiences, respectively.
The training material covers the following key issues:
- the application of quality management practices in research organisations;
- the importance of the proof-of-concept stage as a knowledge marketing tool;
- IP protection as an exploitation strategy for research organisations;
- evaluating the application potential of knowledge.
The partners have also developed guidelines for training researchers on KT issues, which aim at encouraging internal training in research organisations on KT issues. The finalisation of those guidelines has been delayed; the final version is expected to be available at the beginning of the third period.
Moreover, the partners have started organising 35 targeted workshops for researchers and 7 additional ones for SMEs, where they use the training material they produced and present the toolkits. The partners will also work closely, in the next period, with selected parties in the practical use of the toolkits for KT.
The project website has been setup at http://www.knowledge2innovation.eu , and was redesigned, upgraded and updated allowing users to access the toolkit, the training material and also every other deliverable that is being finalised and will be publicly available. This new integrated version of the website will support the project activities until the end of the project.
In the effort to develop a better Europe-side system for identifying innovation and promoting knowledge exploitation, KNOWLEDGE2INNOVATION cooperates with major technology transfer networks or associations (e.g. the Enterprise Europe Network, the ProTon Europe network, TII, etc.) and relevant European Technology Platforms, making them available the toolkits produced by the project and training their members on issues studied herein.
Currently, the consortium is working for the realisation of further training workshops, as well as the organisation of a Europe-wide event on KT. The latter is likely to take place in Budapest in spring 2011 (possibly under the umbrella of the Hungarian EU Presidency).
Collaboration sought: N/A
This innovation is the result of the project
Title: Promoting The Exploitation Of Scientific Knowledge Through Academia Industry Cooperation In The Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy In Europe And Beyond
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ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS TIS VIOMICHANIAS TROFIMON - FOOD INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY SA
Role in project: Project Coordination
Contact person: Ms. PETROHILOU Ioanna
AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA
Contact person: Ms. ZURLO Claudia
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA AGROALIMENTARIA.
Contact person: Mr. LLUSAR SÁNCHEZ F. Javier
ASSOCIATION DE COORDINATION TECHNIQUE POUR L'INDUSTRIE AGROALIMENTAIRE
Contact person: Ms. JAEGER Fabienne
Contact person: Mr. GABRIELSSON Nils
SYNDESMOS ELLINIKON VIOMICHANION TROFIMON SOMATEIO
Contact person: Mrs. PAPADIMITRIOU Vasso
TARGETING INNOVATION LIMITED
Contact person: Ms. PATERSON Linda
TUDOMANYOS ES TECHNOLOGIAI ALAPITVANY
Contact person: Mr. BORSI Gabor
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Contact person: Mr. CARRILLO PAÑOS Rafael