In the context of the FITT project (Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer), that lasted 3 years and that came to an end on May, 2011, Digiteo developed tools for technology transfer stakeholders in collaboration with seven European research organizations. The project aimed at optimizing the transformation of research results into marketable products.
The first European project on ICT technology transfer
The FITT project, co-funded by the European Union (INTERREG IVB programme), was the first technology transfer project dedicated to Information and Communication Science and Technology. Launched in June 2008, it encompassed seven partners in five countries: Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the UK.
The objective was to support and promote interregional technology transfer actions to reduce the gap between research and industrial development.
Developing common tools for technology transfer stakeholders
Together, the seven partner organizations have designed the FITT toolbox (www.FITT-For-Innovation.eu), pooling methods which have been applied successfully within their technology transfer structures.
It is designed to support the work of those involved in technology transfer, combining a selection of best practices, methodologies and case studies on the following themes:
- Identification of transfer opportunities
- Intellectual Property management
- Human resources management
- Value creation
- Networking and clustering
Its modular structure allows all users to choose the tools most suited to their activity.
- Toolbox FITT
Complementary services were also developed by project partners:
- A Community of Practice ("ICT TechTransfer") connects professionals in the area of ICT technology transfer on LinkedIn and fosters exchange among practitioners.
- A training program provides a customized service to address specific needs of technology transfer professionals
- A bibliography provides a list of reference articles on all aspects of transfer.
- A white paper designed for political authorities proposes recommendations to encourage development of ICT innovation.
Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor - www.tudor.lu
MFG Baden-Württemberg - Innovation Agency for ICT and Media - www.mfg-innovation.eu
INRIA - Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - www.inria.fr
IBBT- Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology - www.ibbt.be
LIEU, Liaison Entreprises Universités - University of Liège - www.reseaulieu.be
Imperial College Business School, London - www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school
- Partenaires projet FITT