27 January 2015, Brussels – On 20 January, PROGRESS-TT, a new Horizon 2020 project was launched in Brussels. This marked the beginning of a European Commission initiative to improve the capacity of public research organisations to convert investment in research into commercial returns through innovation.
“Innovation is at the heart of Europe’s growth strategy. Over the next three years, PROGRESS-TT will bring together consortium partners with vast experience of technology transfer, capacity building and creating business solutions, skills invaluable in overcoming the barriers PROs face in transferring their technology to industry and commercial success,” Célia Gavaud, International Business Manager for Pera Consulting and Project Coordinator of PROGRESS-TT said.
The aim of PROGRESS-TT (Public Research Organisation GRowing Europe through best practice SolutionS for Technology Transfer) is to share the experiences of Europe’s leading Public Research Organisations (PROs) with those PROs with the greatest potential to commercialise their research results. It will do this by gathering best practices and developing a suite of technology transfer (TT) tools, methods and insights.
The project consortium, led by Pera Consulting (UK) Ltd, brings together nine highly qualified international partners, representing the complete value chain of TT practitioners. They are: ASTP-Proton, DSM Nutritional Products, Fraunhofer MOEZ, Knowledge Innovation Market, MI.TO Technology, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, University of Bologna, and VTT Ventures.
They will work together to design and implement a capacity building programme for technology transfer professionals that includes:
• Training, workshops, boot-camps and e-learning delivered to emerging PROs and TT funds to develop their core skills.
• Intensive coaching and mentoring for high potential PROs to accelerate their TT activity. PROGRESS-TT will form ‘teams’ of experienced TTO performers, industry, funds and high potential PROs to develop capability, capacity, opportunity, desire, and to build a supportive TT environment.
• Improved access to finance by bringing established and emerging funds together to share best practice and identify cross-border opportunities.