Project Details

Title: Knowledge Transfer joint forces for efficient innovation policies
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 30th Sep 2014
Website: http://www.ktforce.eu


Total budget: €1,428,222.73
ERDF contribution: €1,134,395.18

Lead partner

University of Porto
Praça Gomes Teixeira
4099-002, Porto

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    • Contact Person: Aude Gabrielsen
      Phone: +351 22 040 8077
      Fax: +351 22 040 8184

Project summary

The idea to submit a project to INTERREG IVC emerged in 2008 when several European entities decided to make a joint effort to contribute to a more collaborative and aligned environment capable of harmonizing Knowledge Transfer (KT) mechanisms and boosting innovation at European level. In fact, KT was recognized by the EU as a key tool for boosting innovation and competitiveness in Europe. In line with this strategy, KTForce aims to benchmark both innovation policies and Knowledge Transfer practices in the partner regions, so that a set of strategic recommendations for future design of innovation policies and implementation of KT practices can be applied, towards more dynamic and competitive European regions.

The proposal involves 11 partners, in 6 regions, some from “Modest and Moderate innovator” regions (Lithuania, Portugal and Romania) and others from “Innovation follower and leader” regions (France, Germany and Ireland), according to the 2010 Innovation Scoreboard. This will

enable less advanced regions to benefit from the experience of more advanced ones, and each region to improve the policy context in the KT field. Moreover, entities from a political nature as well as others with an operational mission have been involved in all regions concerned, as a strategy for having both top-down and bottom-up discussions regarding how to increase the efficiency of KT policies and practices and reach a high beneficial level in terms of future policy design.

To achieve its objectives, KTForce will focus on 3 KT areas: Technology Licensing, Spin-off creation & Entrepreneurship and University-Industry relations. In practice, a Focus Group (FG), gathering one representative of each partner will be created and will work at the implementation level, guiding the 3 Task Force Groups (TFG) that in turn will operate in each KT area set in the project. Both Groups will meet regularly to discuss and exchange experience on KT practices and innovation policies, via the partici-

pation in study visits, workshops and joint thematic seminars.

In practice, KTForce proposes to:

- map existing policies and practices for KT;

- define the actual needs of the regions by creating present “Where are we?” and future scenarios “Where we want to be”;

- Benchmark and measure the impact innovation policies have on KT practices and the type of policies that would need to be developed to meet the challenges and needs of the regions;

- Define a roadmap and implementation plan for future policy design and practices development.

The main expected result is the improvement of local and regional innovation policies focusing KT, as well as the transfer of best practices, both at operational and political levels. Completed by the development of an implementation plan of selected policies in each partner region and presented via an interactive database webtool, the results planned by KTForce will have a strong impact on the definition of innovation policies focusing KT in Europe.

Project achievements

KTForce aims at benchmarking innovation policies and Knowledge Transfer (KT) practices in the partner regions to develop and apply strategic recommendations for the future design of innovation policies and the implementation of KT practices in the following areas: technology licensing, spin-off creation and entrepreneurship, university–industry relations. The kickoff meeting took place in Porto (March 2012) and the day-to-day management was strengthened via regular Skype calls. In addition, the partner steering meetings were organised back-to-back with working group meetings, study visits and/or thematic seminars. In total, 8 physical meetings took place along the project’s lifetime.

Regarding the methodology, the partners first mapped KT practices and innovation policies. A total of 50 technology transfer practices and 97 innovation policies were identified and shared by the partners for analysis and benchmarking. A “scenario 0” about the actual innovation state was defined for each

partner region (analysis of the current state of the innovation performance of the partner regions and statistical analysis of a set of innovation indicators available via the Eurostat and Regional Innovation Scoreboard databases). The partners also defined a “future scenario” for each region, defining in which Knowledge Transfer areas it should focus in order to reach a higher innovation performance. In a more practical way, the partners used the results of the scenario 0 and future scenario analysis to select at least one practice shared by another partner for implementation. In order to support the selection process, a benchmarking of the practices and policies mapped by the partners was carried out and a transfer guide was created to support the implementing partners to set up and follow-up such implementation.

In order to support such activities, 2 working groups were created, one focusing on the “scenario 0” definition, and the second one on the “future scenario”.

The working groups regularly organised 5 skype calls and physical meetings in order to go further with the application of the project methodology. The 6 study visits (one in each partner region), as well as the 3 thematic seminars focusing on one of the 3 technology transfer areas: technology licensing (Grenoble, November 2012), entrepreneurship and spin-off creation (Dresden, March 2013) and University-Industry relations (Waterford, November 2013), were also used to support the exchange of experience between the participants within and outside the consortium.

The communication activities implemented along the project were strong tools to advert the project, its evolution and results. Two public conferences were organised: one “launching” the project which took place in Bucharest in July 2012 around the theme “Innovation policies and knowledge transfer: leveraging regional development”, and one “closing” the project which took place in Porto, in May 2014, which title was

“Innovation policies and knowledge transfer working together for regional competitiveness”. Various events were also organised individually by the partners to communicate on the project at local or regional level, and most of the partners also took the opportunity to present KTForce to the public at large by participating in external events. In total, 32 communication events were organised or participated in, which enabled to reach approximately 5691 participants. In addition, 8 newsletters were disseminated, a project website was created and updated during the project lifetime and 3 social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) were created. A set of communication material was developed, including a roll-up, a flyer about the project and a flyer about the interactive webtool, as well as 2 booklets: one presenting the methodology applied during the project, and one detailing the regional implementation plans for the 6 partner regions, in local language.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
University of Porto, Porto PORTUGAL Norte +351 22 040 8077
Nationtal Innovation Agency, Porto PORTUGAL Norte +351 22 6167820
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford IRELAND Southern and Eastern +353-51-302975
Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly (South-East Regional Authority until 31/5/2014), Clonmel, Co. Tipperary IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00 353 52 6126200
National Institute of Research and Development for Mechatronics and Measurement Technique, Bucharest ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov 40212523068
incdmtm@incdmtm.ro; cefin@cefin.ro
Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Bucharest ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov +4021 307 19 10
University Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, Grenoble FRANCE Rhône-Alpes + 33 (0)4 76 51 44 88
City of Grenoble, Grenoble FRANCE Rhône-Alpes +33 (0)4 76 29 89 91
Centre of Technology Structure Development, Glaubitz GERMANY Dresden 0049 35265 511 02
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH, Leipzig GERMANY Leipzig +49 (341) 140779-0
Public Entity "Sunrise Valley", Vilnius LITHUANIA Lietuva +370 2 500 601
Technical University of Dresden, Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49 351 463-33265, -34653
katja.lohse@tu-dresden.de; grit.juettler@tu-dresden.de; gritt.ott@tu-dresden.de


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