Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT)

Knowledge transfer (KT) is a term used to encompass a very broad range of activities to support mutually beneficial collaborations between universities, businesses and the public sector. Discussion around KT often focuses on the formation of spin-out business or the licensing of intellectual property (IP) based on the outputs of university science and technology-related research. Although these are vitally important areas, KT actually encompasses a much broader range of activities and is not limited to the science and technology disciplines. In Western Balkan countries, where R&D capacities have been greatly affected by brain drain and underinvestment in research, where technology transfer activities are still scarce and collaboration with industry tends to be driven by occasional opportunities rather than by strategic, long term partnerships - the need for a strategic approach to KTT in order to improve the science and innovation systems in WBC is obvious. In other words, knowledge on how to cover the entire chain from research to the market should be facilitated. In this regard, some relevant activities are currently ongoing in the region.

Since knowledge is transferred i.a. through events and networking, we would like to draw your attention to recently held Workshop on Investment Vehicles and Financial Instruments supporting Technology Transfer and Innovation (Belgrade, March 2017 - presentations online available) and upcoming "Workshop on the Role of Science/ Technology Parks and Incubators in Innovation Ecosystems - Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation" to be held in Thessaloniki (May 2017). Furthermore, we would like to inform you that a project "Capacity Building for Technology Transfer for the Western Balkans –EU4Tech" (European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations) has been recently kicked-off. Further information will be available soon. Also, an interesting funding opportunity such as the 2nd Call within the Danube Transnational Programme is to be launched soon. Under specific objective 1.1. of this upcoming call, the following topics (that are also of interest for WBC) will be funded: commercialisation of research results and technology transfer; cluster policies and transnational cluster cooperation based on smart specialisation approaches; management of intellectual property rights for supporting innovation.


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