One of the key output of the CITT project was the survey conducted among the top Centrope ICT companies and university institutions. Our team at FIRST Innovation Park approached over 50 premium ICT companies in South Moravia and received 34 answered questioannaires. Let’s look at one of the questions – what are the main barriers for your cooperation with academic research?
Several companies mentioned university departments concentrated too much on theoretic approaches and the fundamental research, having only few researchers with practical experience and little trust in commercial activities. They also lack stronger discipline and training for real-life situations at students.
Our respondents often quoted very complex and hardly usable legislation for sharing experiences & research results and problems with the intellectual property protection. They reported a missing concept for technology transfer, insufficient rules and decision making process taking too long at the university side.
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As mentioned by Petr Chladek in his post one of the regional innovation strategy projects in South Moravia is the Innovation vouchers (in Czech only) scheme supporting the research cooperation between SMEs and Brno universities. It has been started in August and the applications can be submitted until September, 25. Any Czech SME can get one of 36 vouchers valued up to 150k CZK (€ 6,000) for buying research services from Brno based universities.
Product, process or service development, testing and measurements, feasibility study, access to research facilities, prototyping, product design, innovative product business plan development, market analysis or marketing strategy, innovation or technology audit are the examples of proposals that can be supported by the vouchers if you find a university partner to realize them for you.
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Only one in ten requests for funds made under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7 makes €50 billion available for research projects in 2007-2013) came from one of the 12 countries that have joined the EU since 2004. 22% of applications from countries that were members of the EU before 2004 are accepted, compared to 18% of requests from those that joined after 2004.
Speaking at the Research Connection conference in Prague in May, Janez Potočnik, European commissioner for science and research, said research activity in new EU countries had increased since accession, but “the potential of the EU12 has not been fully tapped”. The vast majority of applications for European research funds come from countries which were members of the EU before the major expansion of the Union in 2004 according to EurActiv.
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IST Austria www.ist-austria.ac.at, Austria’s new center for excellence in research, has been a controversy for years. One of its original proponents, Anton Zeilinger, one of the world’s top researchers in quantum computing, has withdrawn from the project when it became clear that politics started to dominate the debate and “excellence” was abused as a euphemism for “I want some new research stuff in my province”.
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On Thursday last week Gunther Krumpak and I were facilitating one of the discussion tables within the ICT Brokerage in Brno, the event co-organised by our FIRST Innovation Park. See Gunther’s post about the event. The second day consisted of interactive discussions divided into six tables according to the FP7 5th & 6th call’s challenges. Ours was dedicated to Digital Content, Technology Enhanced Learning and Intelligent Information Management.
We had an interesting bunch of researchers, companies, both experienced Framework Programme players as newcomers around the table. As usually the most useful talks happen with those you choose (or who choose you) for coffee conversations. We have also distributed copies of two documents that may be also of your interest – the relevant part of the FP7 workprogramme and the examples of projects funded under FP6 or FP7 1st call. By the way the 4th ICT call (closed on April 1) attracted in total 1267 project proposals – 954 STREPs 954 and 172 integrated projects (IPs).
If you are interested in international R&D projects around building virtual communities, Internet application including web 2.0 and social networks and if you are looking for a partner in the Czech Republic for 5th or 6th call proposals, feel free to contact us.
During the last weeks I read a few articles and opinions about Technology Transfer and R&D (one here at nowEurope by Günther Krumpak). It seems that researchers are often blamed for their “ivory tower” mentality and in consequence for a lack of willingness to cooperate with industry. Whereas this might by the case for many researchers I would like to highlight another reason for the gap between universities and SMEs:
The phenomenon of the ivory tower mentality is the consequence of an old fashioned institutional setting, which has been changed only superficially within the last universities reforms (like e.g. “the Bologna process”)
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