What the MET3 project is…
Among the difficulties faced by most Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs) in MED and elsewhere is that of building effective Research-Industry partnerships. Technology transfer involves the processes of capturing and sharing explicit and tacit knowledge and includes both commercial and non-commercial activities.
In particular, EU has identified the transnational dimension of technology transfer as one of ten key areas for action on its Innovation Strategy based on the lack of interegional cooperations and joint approaches . The LP, National Hellenic Research Foundation, has identified partners of high caliber sharing experiences, tools and moreover the vision on setting such a Transnational Technology Transfer (TTT) initiative. The project brings together seven regions (Attiki, Voreio Aigaio, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Puglia, Murcia, Andalucía and Crete) from France, Italy, Spain and Greece with a variety of profiles but common needs and perspectives on improving TTT methods and assisting regional stakeholders to develop strategic partnerships.
The project will deliver a network on Technology Transfer targeted to MED needs and accommodate profiles ranging from the “blue chip coast” PACA to “low tech” Voreio Aigaio. MET3 aims to develop a modular toolbox for integrated TTT and thus facilitate exploitation of research results by taking into account technology and other “soft” aspects of the process.
More specific, MET3’s impetus is to boost the innovation process, by mapping MED areas of excellence and market pull dynamics, disseminate Technology Based Opportunities (TBOs) and stimulate solid partnerships between technology providers and recipients. Project partners will jointly develop exploitation plans for selected technologies with market potential and proactively seek to promote them to private and public sector. This effort will be complemented by a series of experience exchange and capacity building events to enhance peer learning and development of common strategies.
The initiative will give emphasis to the “soft” side of innovation and the role of “human capital” by organising seminars on specific TTT issues targeted to increase skills of Knowledge & Technology Transfer officers, Researchers and Intermediaries in MED area. The project seeks to deliver a TTT modular toolbox covering alternative strategies, transfer channels, knowledge and people flows as well as operational and commercialisation alternatives. Project results will be communicated to regional actors involved via the MED Technology & Innovation Portal and open Events co-organized with SMEs, Technology Transfer executives, Researchers and Innovation Policy makers.