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PROGRESS-TT - PROs GRowing Europe through best practice SolutionS for Technology Transfer

9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure; Research Projects; 2015; 2016; 2017

Innovation is at the heart of Europe’s growth strategy. However, Europe lags behind its international competitors in
converting investment in Public Research Organisation PRO research into commercial returns via innovation. The solution
lies in improving the transfer of technology from PROs to industry but there are many barriers to effective technology
transfer, including: Most Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in PROs are small, underfunded and under-skilled; a small
investor pool and long timescales make it difficult to secure finance and; there is poor understanding between IP creators,
exploiters, funders and end-users.
To address these barriers, PROGRESS-TT will transfer the expertise of Europe’s leading PROs to those with the greatest
potential to grow. We will gather best practice from leading PROs and thought leaders and formulate it into Europe’s most
definitive TT tools, methods and insight. We will then begin a programme of knowledge transfer tailored to the audience’s
level of ‘readiness’ to grow. This will include:
• 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. We will form ‘teams’ comprising
experienced TTO performers, industry, funds and high potential PROs to develop capability, capacity, opportunity, desire,
and to build a supportive TT environment.
• Improving access to finance by bringing established and emerging funds together to share best practice and identify crossborder
opportunities
We will continuously improve best practice based on our trial activities, in order to create a validated legacy programme to
continue supporting PROs across Europe beyond project end. Through this support, we estimate a typical high potential
PRO will improve its performance by 500% in the five years following intensive support, delivering at least €6 million to the
European economy per PRO supported.

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