The MET3 project
The MED programme is a transnational programme of European Territorial Cooperation co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The project brings together seven regions (Attiki, Voreio Aigaio, Provence-Alpes-Cτte d’Azur, Puglia, Murcia, Andalucνa 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.
Theme of the project
Technology Transfer (TT) defines the process of transformation the results of Research and Development (R&D) activities into marketable products or services and it mainly involves collaboration between the Research Organisation and industry, licensing or the creation of a new company. In its ‘broad-based innovation strategy’, EU has highlighted the importance of improving knowledge transfer between Public Research and third parties including industry and society (‘Triple Helix’ concept). In particular, the Commission has identified the transnational dimension of TT as one of ten key areas for action. Building and sustaining such a network in MED by leading research organisations and innovation intermediaries is the central theme of MET3.
The general objective of the project is to demonstrate that regional approaches regarding Technology Transfer can be transposed to an inter-regional dimension and thus strengthen innovation of MED SMEs. Professionals involved in technology transfer agree that Europe faces a number of significant challenges. However, the environment in which technology transfer takes place, plays a key role in defining the best approaches and, ultimately, their success. It is therefore critical to adopt flexible solutions that take into account Mediterranean and even sometimes local specificities. Mediterranean technology transfer today shows similarities with an emerging industry: many valuable product ideas; a highly fragmented landscape; lack of critical mass; wide disparities in terms of performances; and developing practices. To tackle these challenges, MET3 partners will develop a transnational network to facilitate technology transfer and dissemination of innovation practices. More specifically, MET3 will
- Set up a transnational network of Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs), Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) and Innovation Intermediaries that foster regional and trans-regional technology transfer.
- Map and assess technology based opportunities, dynamics and drawbacks in participant regions in MED area covering sectors such as Biotech, Food, Energy, Environment, etc.
- Build a transnational structure that will disseminate to local and EU SMEs innovative technologies and applied research results and boost their competitiveness.
- Develop and disseminate a robust set of selected technology offers, requests and exploitation plans for lucrative technologies identified in MED and elsewhere
- Develop support tools and capacity building seminars to enable economic actors to engage in innovative technology deployment (legal support, technology licensing, partnership building).
- Extract & disseminate transferable results and good practices in terms of a modular toolbox to TT officers, SMEs, Researchers, Intermediaries and the wider innovation community.
The emphasis of our approach is on the utilisation of Innovation Intermediaries and not only the final users (i.e. SMEs) and involves entities with increasing power such as Brokers, Business Advisors, Technology Mentors, etc. MET3 will exploit different TTT and innovative services (eg. Pre-incubation) while emphasis will be put on the ''soft'' side of innovation apart from the technology. Furthermore, MET3 will build its activities around actual Mediterranean opportunities for global advance such as the very rich biodiversity, renewable energy sources and maritime environment. We posit that our approach is customised to MED area needs and untapped potential but in parallel it is open to the outside world: it is necessary to develop and commercialise Mediterranean research in Europe but also to be open to generate a "centrifugal dynamic" by interacting with other world areas.
- National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) - Technology Transfer Office [Greece, Attiki]
- University of the Aegean - Technology Transfer Office [Greece, Voreio Aigeo]
- Mediterranean Technologies [France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur]
- Regional Agency for Tehnology and Innovation (ARTI) [Italy, Puglia]
- University Enterprise Training Parnership of the Region of Murcia (FUERM) [Spain, Region de Murcia]
- Innovation and Technology Tranfer Centre of Andalusia - CITAndalucía [Spain, Andalucía]
- Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas [Greece, Crete]