PROGRESS-TT seeks to identify best practice in technology transfer to formulate Europe’s most definitive tools and methods for TT practitioners to use. The Best Practice that have been identified by PROGRESS-TT to date have been proven – through literature or experience – to increase technology transfer offices’ efficiency and potential for growth. We believe they can inspire others leading to more effective tech transfer in Europe.
To enable wider dissemination of this knowledge, the project has created a Library of refined, formatted and validated Best Practice and case studies. This library is – to our knowledge – the first attempt at collecting successful practice in a systematic way at European level.
The Department of Management of University of Bologna, with the support of Fraunhofer MOEZ, ASTP-Proton, Pera Consulting and MITO led the identification of the BPs and illustrative cases. The Best Practice will be at the heart of the PROGRESS-TT support programmes, underpinning the content for all of our Capacity Building modules.
The Best Practice tackle issues falling under the four critical areas of focus of PROGRESS-TT:
- Scouting ideas/technologies from the Public Research Organizations and incentivizing researchers to disclose Intellectual Property
- Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising for commercialisation
- Accessing finance and interacting with financial stakeholders
- Securing TTO Staff skills and organising the TTO for optimum growth.
Best Practice and case studies are now available for the first two Critical Areas of Focus. As part of Critical Area of Focus 1 “Scouting ideas/technologies from the Public Research Organizations and incentivizing researchers to disclose Intellectual Property ”, 5 best practice have been identified and 11 individual TTO cases studied:
For Critical Area of Focus 2 “Assessing IP potential, validating technologies and incentivising for commercialization”, 4 best practice have been identified and 9 individual TTO cases have been studied:
The best practice cases for critical areas of focus 3 and 4 will be published in June 2016.