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Knowledge Transfer Office
Knowledge Transfer

Technology transfer (TT) / Knowledge Transfer (KT) refers to the process of conveying results stemming from scientific and technological research to the market place and to wider society. It is the channel allowing investment in research and development (R&D) to transform into benefit for the economy and society, through innovative technologies, products and services offered by companies and other actors in the market, as well as solutions addressing specific needs and societal challenges.

Technology transfer is a complex process that involves many scientific, -technological and other factors, as well as and many different stakeholders. The fundamental steps of the technology transfer process are depicted in the figure below.

Source: European Commission

Technology transfer begins with the discovery of novel technologies and inventions, followed by the disclosure, evaluation and protection of relevant Intellectual Property (IP) rights. The next steps include promoting technologies to potential buyers, potential licencing agreements and developing products and services based on the technological inventions. In some cases, the establishment of a spin-out / start-up company is decided, undertaking further development and marketing of the technology while attracting additional funds.

Success of KT activities depends to a large extent on the generation of high quality research results. However, it also depends heavily on factors such as awareness and willingness at the level of both organizations and individuals, the existence of relevant skills, abilities and specialized know-how, effective management of intellectual property, as well as availability of risk finance.

RIF Knowledge Transfer Office

Aiming to support high-level knowledge transfer activities, RIF is currently in the process of setting up a Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) that will provide knowledge transfer support to academic and research institutions established in Cyprus. The Office will operate as a central hub providing KT services in close collaboration with Knowledge Transfer Units, to be established within the main academic & research institutions.

KTO services will be provided in close cooperation with the local KT Units to be established locally within beneficiary Organisations.

  • Awareness raising, training and capacity building on KT within the academic and research community
  • Management of Invention Disclosures
  • Evaluation of commercialisation prospects and market research
  • Advice and funding for IP management and protection
  • Technology Marketing / Promotion of international inward and outward commercialisation opportunities through national and international networks
  • Support in negotiating agreements around IP and transfer of know-how (licensing, establishment of spin-offs)

KTO services will be provided under Terms & Conditions, agreed in advance within the context of Collaboration Agreements with beneficiary Organisations.

The central KTO will also provide services to knowledge-intensive SMEs and start-ups, aiming to support effective management of their IP and their promotion through national and international channels to potential technology buyers.

  • Information, training and capacity building on KT and commercialisation of IP
  • Advice for management and protection of IP (Initial IP Audit, Patent Landscaping, IP evaluation and due diligence, IP strategy, preparation of applications for the protection of IP)
  • Funding for the protection of IP
  • Promotion of international inward and outward commercialisation opportunities through national and international networks
  • Support in negotiating agreements around IP and transfer of know-how

KTO services to knowledge-intensive SMEs and start-ups will be further discussed and finalised through close collaboration and dialogue with beneficiary enterprises. Additionally, services will be provided in conjunction with the Foundation’s services provided through the Enterprise Europe Network.

KTO services will be provided under Terms & Conditions, agreed in advance within the context of Collaboration Agreements with beneficiary enterprises.

 

 

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