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Knowledge Transfer Office
Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge Transfer is the process of building, supporting, using, and improving knowledge and intellectual property supply chains that move research, development and innovation results into new, products and service development by companies. Commercialisation of research results occurs when the results are used in products and services sold in commercial markets.

Central RIF Knowledge Transfer Office

The RIF’s Central Knowledge Transfer Office (CKTO) operates as a central ‘Hub’, to which local units (‘Spokes’) operating within stakeholder Organisations are connected.

The RIF’s Central Knowledge Transfer Office’s objective is to support Knowledge Transfer (KT) and commercialisation of research results generated by the research and business community in Cyprus, contributing to building a national innovation ecosystem with robust knowledge and IP supply chains.

The CKTO services are provided free of charge and are available to Universities, Research Organisations and Enterprises that are legally established and are active in territories under the control of the Republic of Cyprus. The services are provided based on state aid rules, fulfilling the requirements of Article 28 of the European Commission’s General Block Exemption Regulation (651/2014) for SMEs and the De Minimis Regulation (1407/2013) for large enterprises.

The services include:

Support includes activities for culture, awareness and training in KT and Commercialisation, facilitation of networking between academia and industry, and the development of supporting material (Guides, Templates for KT Agreements, etc).

Additionally, it includes capacity building in KT and commercialisation, including support for the development of Institutional Knowledge Transfer Offices / Units («Spokes») within the main research Organisations. Within this context, the RIF will proceed with the announcement of relevant Calls for Expressions of Interest by interested organisations.

The activities are open to all interested stakeholder Organisations of the Cyprus R&I ecosystem, while content of relevant activities may be customised based on the needs of specific groups of Organisations and individuals of the R&I ecosystem.

Click here for the Call for Expression of Interest for Capacity Building Support for the Development of Institutional Knowledge Transfer Offices / Units in Universities and Research Organisations (RIF-KTO/EOI/1022).

KT support Services will be available to Consortia of Organisations implementing R&I Projects, and will include the following services:

  1. Assessment of IP Ownership
  2. Patent Landscaping
  3. IP Protection Strategy
  4. Opportunity Assessment
  5. Technology Marketing
  6. Support in Negotiating KT Agreements.

Access to the KT Support Services will depend on the type of R&I projects and will be available through three (3) distinct paths:

  1. Fast Track: Beneficiaries of R&I Projects funded by specific RIF Programme Calls announced since 2019 and onwards. The procedure to access the services, which includes the submission of a relevant request to the RIF, will be described within a specific Call for Proposals, to be announced by the RIF.
  2. Direct Entry: Beneficiaries of R&I Projects to be funded by specific RIF Programme Calls announced after the start of the central KTO services, will be automatically considered as beneficiaries of CKTO services. The possibility for a direct entry to the CKTO services will be explicitly mentioned within the relevant Calls for Proposals of RIF Programmes.
  3. Entry after Evaluation: Beneficiaries implementing R&I projects other than the ones defined above, will be able to request the central KTO services, following a process including the submission and evaluation of relevant proposals. The process will be described within a specific Call for Proposals to be announced by the RIF.

Access to the KT Support Services will depend on the type of R&I projects and will be available through three (3) distinct paths:

  1. Fast Track: Beneficiaries of R&I Projects funded by specific RIF Programme Calls announced since 2019 and onwards. The procedure to access the services, which includes the submission of a relevant request to the RIF, will be described within a specific Call for Proposals, to be announced by the RIF.
  2. Direct Entry: Beneficiaries of R&I Projects to be funded by specific RIF Programme Calls announced after the start of the central KTO services, will be automatically considered as beneficiaries of CKTO services. The possibility for a direct entry to the CKTO services will be explicitly mentioned within the relevant Calls for Proposals of RIF Programmes.
  3. Entry after Evaluation: Beneficiaries implementing R&I projects other than the ones defined above, will be able to request the central KTO services, following a process including the submission and evaluation of relevant proposals. The process will be described within a specific Call for Proposals to be announced by the RIF.

Within the context of the CKTO, the RIF will provide funding to cover part of the costs for protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) generated through R&I projects. Funding will be provided through a “Patent Voucher”, which will be made available to beneficiary Organisations who receive the KT Support Services of the CKTO.

The aid intensity for KT Support Services and the Patent Voucher are presented below.

The services of the CKTO are funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility of the NextGenerationEU instrument, in the frame of Investment C3.2I1 “Set up and operate a central knowledge transfer office” of the Cyprus Recovery and Resilience Plan.

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