Mediterranean Transnational Technology Transfer (MET3)
Mediterranean Transnational Technology Transfer
Start date: Apr 30, 2009,
End date: Apr 29, 2012
Among the difficulties faced by most Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs) in MED and elsewhere is that of building effective Research-Industry partnerships. Technology transfer involves the processes of capturing and sharing explicit and tacit knowledge and includes both commercial and non- commercial activities. In particular, EU has identified the transnational dimension of technology transfer as one of ten key areas for action on its Innovation Strategy based on the lack of interegional cooperations and joint approaches. The LP, National Hellenic Research Foundation, has identified partners of high caliber sharing experiences, tools and moreover the vision on setting such a Transnational Technology Transfer (TTT) initiative. The project brings together seven regions (Attiki, Voreio Aigaio, Provence- Alpes-Côte dAzur, Puglia, Murcia, Andalucía and Crete) from France, Italy, Spain and Greece with a variety of profiles but common needs and perspectives on improving TTT methods and assisting regional stakeholders to develop strategic partnerships. The project will deliver a network on Technology Transfer targeted to MED needs and accommodate profiles ranging from the blue chip coast PACA to low tech Voreio Aigaio. MET3 aims to develop a modular toolbox for integrated TTT and thus facilitate exploitation of research results by taking into account technology and other soft aspects of the process. Achievements: State of the art of project implementation since the project startThe Project has developed a network for integrated trans-regional cooperation between knowledge & technology providers, innovation intermediaries and users and thus facilitates industrial and commercial exploitation of research results. MET3 partners have already concluded the mapping of common approaches & tools on transnational technology transfer & also the identification of more than 80 Technology Based Opportunities building a rich portfolio of MED validated TBOs in selected sectors. MET3 partners developed & tested a robust set of selected technology offers, requests and exploitation plans for lucrative technologies identified and implemented technology transfer missions to potential technology receivers in MED area. Support tools were developed and capacity building seminars were held. An evaluation of the pilot TT activities implemented was conducted & gave input to the development of an integrated Transnational Technology Transfer Model. Capitalization meetings took place.Latest project activities and outputsDuring the current phase, project management & reporting activities, coordinated by the LP, took place. Furthermore, internal coordination meetings were organized in order to effectively finalize the activities of MET3 project. Web 2.0 tools set up, Open Day events & the final conference took place in order to disseminate MET3 results. Exploitation plans for lucrative technologies identified were delivered & technology transfer missions were implemented to potential technology receivers in MED area. TT practicioners' addressed seminars and capacity building seminars were held in order to enable economic actors to engage in innovative technology deployment. Furthermore, the knowledge base produced in MED area and Technology Based Opportunities defined are disseminated through the Portal. An evaluation of the pilot TT activities implemented was conducted & gave input to the development of an integrated Transnational Technology Transfer Model. 2 capitalization meetings took place.Next key steps for the projectMET3 activities are finalized, however the partners & the network developed will continue collaborating for the capitalization of MET3 results & MED Programme, aiming to promote Transnational Technology Transfer activities in the MED area.
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