Central Europe Research to Innovation Models (CERIM)
Central Europe Research to Innovation Models
Start date: Aug 31, 2008,
End date: Aug 30, 2011
CERIM wants to foster innovation-based economic activity in the Central Europe area, particular in the new member states. Academic research-efforts will be turned into new companies and bring higher competitiveness to existing enterprises thereby helping to sustain and enlarge industrial activity in areas far from cities such as Vienna, Munich and Milan. The project will also contribute to improving accessibility of research-based knowledge to SMEs, through creating transparency in the knowledge and innovation systems among others. Achievements: The CERIM-project has brought together 10 tech transfer organizations from Central Europe in a joint undertaking to improve both framework- and practical conditions for bringing research results to markets and end users. Within the project duration the partners have screened and evaluated well over 100 research results and identified 20 with commercial potential. For these IP & Commercialization strategies was developed. Approx 10 start-up companies have been supported or even established thanks to CERIM. The main outputs and achievements of CERIM comprise the following items: 1) Reports on the partners’ regional technology transfer situation 2) Self-assessment tool 3) Central Europe technology transfer tool-box 4) Policy guidelines 5) Method for the selection and commercialisation of research results 6) A joint Strategy and Action plan The self-assessment tool (SAT) is an organisational capacity assessment (and development) tool tailored to the needs of tech transfer institutions. We want to highlight the following important output of the project: 1) Central Europe technology transfer tool-box. The technology transfer tool-box has been developed in order to assist the project partners in their screening and commercialisation activities throughout the CERIM project. The tool-box contains useful templates, handbooks and practical guidelines for the facilitation of technology transfer. For example, these documents outline the market assessment process, give advice of what to bear in mind when writing a business plan, or outline the commercial offer when negotiating with a third party. The technology transfer tool box also contains e.g. guide lines for market research, templates for non-disclosure agreements, etc. 2) Policy guidelines. The policy guidelines contain process and model descriptions regarding ten different themes of relevance for the improvement of the technology transfer situation in Central Europe. The guidelines served as a basis for the valorisation models which to be developed and they aim to raise awareness amongst policy makers, researchers and other relevant stakeholders. 3) The self-assessment tool (SAT) is an organisational capacity assessment tool based on the PROSE (participatory, results-oriented, self-evaluation) philosophy and on POET (Participatory Organisational Evaluation Tool) promoted by the United Nations Development Programme. The tool is running on the Internet and can be reached on sat.cerim.org. All project partners have carried out two assessments. The tool is open for usage at sat.cerim.org. Now, at the end of the project the partners strongly believe that their ability to offer more and better service has increased markedly due to the project. In end effect this leads to higher employment in Central Europe due to new companies and higher competitiveness of existing firm.
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