Executive Summary of the ASTP-Proton FY 2014 Report

Knowledge and technology transfer has become increasingly important both on a national and European level to bring innovative products and services efficiently to the market for the economic and societal benefit of Europe. The main purpose of the FY 2014 report is to provide an overview of relevant metrics and performance indicators for the knowledge and technology transfer industry on a pan-European level. The FY 2014 ASTP-Proton survey addressed European public research organizations especially including universities (“PROs”) of which 369 provided valid responses that were analyzed and included in this report. The report is based on direct responses to the ASTP-Proton Survey FY 2014 and additional data provided by several national knowledge and technology transfer organizations that collected corresponding national data.

As response rates and data availability vary greatly from country to country some of the findings in this report may not be representative for a specific region. In addition the response rate varied significantly from subject to subject so that the results are based on larger or smaller groups of knowledge and technology transfer offices (“KTOs”) of PROs. Lacking stringent supportive data for normalization we are currently not able to provide such data for comparison purposes but rather provide average non-normalized results. Nevertheless, we base our report on a significant European sample and the largest pan-European data collection and analysis with the intent to even further increase our reach and completeness in data collection to become the source of choice for data on European knowledge and technology transfer activities and output.

This report was sent out to all participating entities and will be available on request for other interested parties via a download link on ASTP-Proton’s webpage from January 1st, 2017.

The information provided in this report spans staffing aspects and outsourcing activities of KTOs, invention disclosures and patenting activities, commercial agreements and spin-off creation.

The following summary of aggregate figures for different subjects will be discussed in more detail in the following chapters of the report. While the survey is based on 369 responding PRO or corresponding KTOs not all responding entities have entered data for each subject so that the aggregate numbers shown below are based on varying numbers of respondents to the specific subject (numbers of respondents in brackets):

KTO and PRO metrics:
1,673.11 KTO FTEs (200 respondents)
98,156,570 Euro in combined KTO budget (141 respondents)
18.44 billion Euro in combined Research Budget of PROs served by KTO) (329 respondents)

IP metrics:
6,605 invention disclosures (342 respondents)
2,060 new patent applications filed (184 respondents)
1,311 patents granted (176 respondents)
13,997 active patent families at the end of FY 2014 (175 respondents)

Contracts and license income metrics:
31,982 contract research agreements concluded (256 respondents)
4,211 collaboration agreements concluded (105 respondents)
109,286 consultancy agreements signed (248 respondents)
110 option agreements executed (109 respondents)
173 assignment agreements concluded (105 respondents)
9,442 license agreements executed (281 respondents)
4,999 software agreements executed (152 respondents)

Spin-off and Start-up metrics:
355 new spin-offs formed (179 respondents)
331 new start-ups formed (96 respondents)

In the ASTP-Proton Survey Report FY 2014 we report more in detail about the applied methodology and the results of our data analysis which we hope will be very insightful and provide some interesting overview of the activities and results of the European knowledge and technology transfer.