We would like to thank all of you who have supported and participated in PROGRESS-TT. Now that the project is coming to an end, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to report back to the European Commission.
By completing this short survey you can ensure that the voice of the user community is further reflected in the final report. Many of you have participated in training under the PROGRESS-TT and many have supported the project in other ways therefore, it is important to hear the impact of our outreach.
Please take 5 minutes to let us know your thoughts.
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Some TTOs perform better than others for many reasons. The survey conducted by PROGRESS-TT in May-September of this year tried to bring some of these reasons to light, specifically exploring issues of the characteristics and systemic needs of TTOs and their training needs. The survey generated 206 responses from 28 countries.
Hereafter we share some of our findings:
- TT is part of most Public Research Organisations (PROs) strategic plans (over 80% of respondents). However, for only 38% of respondents Technology Transfer (TT) is perceived to be an important component of the plan.
- According to respondents, there is a limited recognition of TT activities for the career progression of researchers inside PROs: in fact, whereas most PROs provide financial incentives for researchers engaging in TT, only in 20% of cases are those incentives related to career progression.
- Various characteristics significantly differentiate TTOs from other TTOs with respect to their strategy for implementing technology transfer. These characteristics include TTO size, TT’s role in the PRO’s strategic plan, career incentives for researchers and TTO members, the presence of a proof of concept (PoC) program, relevance of licensing and spin-off as TTO targets and the number of licensing agreements/spin-offs generated. However, the most significant differences among TTOs exist across country groups, notably with respect to strategic TT activities and perceived training gaps.
- Most respondent TTOs see patent protection, invention disclosure and licensing as their three most strategic activities. However, access to funding, IPR valuation and research contracting are perceived as more important in Eastern Europe than elsewhere.
- TT professionals perceive highest training needs in activities such as marketing technologies, licensing, and technology/IPR valuation, followed by start-up support, business planning, PoC testing and validation and access to finance. TTOs located in Eastern and Southern European countries have higher perceived needs than those in Western and Northern countries, especially when it comes to PoC and licensing.
- TTOs highly value skills in negotiation, relationship management, and communication for their members of staff. Consequently, training needs in negotiation, marketing, and business development skills are highly perceived.
- There seems to be a relevant perceived knowledge gap among TTO professionals in activities related to access to finance and interaction with investors. In addition to that, there is only a limited offer of courses on issues relating to access to finance for professors, researchers and PhD students, thus reinforcing the knowledge gap in this area.
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Fill in the PROGRESS-TT survey on European TTO performance by 31 August 2015 and get priority access to the project community.
PROGRESS-TT recently launched a large survey of all TTOs in Europe to find out more about their performance potential and training needs.
TTOs having filled in the survey will be entered in the PROGRESS-TT database of potential capacity building support recipients. This means that they will receive targeted project updates including information about the PROGRESS-TT call opening in December this year to apply for intensive capacity building support (in the form of training, coaching or mentoring). Only completed surveys will be taken into account!
Would you like to be considered for capacity building support in 2016? Fill in this survey: https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/PROGRESSTTsurvey