A Pioneering EU-Turkey Project for Integrating Research Into the Economy
As of today, with the EU funds, 50 investments are made for the commercialization of research in fields such as technology development, intellectual property, micro and nano-electronics, under the Technology Transfer Accelerator project. Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Dr. Faruk Özlü, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Mr. Gabriel Munuera Vinals and Vice President of TÜBİTAK Dr. Mehmet Şahin Gök discussed the impact of the project at its closing event in Istanbul today.
Technology Transfer Offices have a key role in industry-academia cooperation and commercialization of the research and technologies coming out of universities and entrepreneurs. The Technology Transfer Accelerator (TTA) Project supported by the EU for the past four years in Turkey with a total budget of more than €50 million had two major aims: The first one was the establishment of two technology transfer accelerator funds for the commercialization of research through investments in technologies and start-ups. The second was to support TUBITAK and Technology Transfer Offices all over the country so that they can play a successful role in industry-university cooperation and in commercialization.
The capacities of technology transfer offices and TÜBİTAK were also supported by TTA Turkey Advisory Services & Networking Project through strategic guidance, active mentoring, webinars, study tours, pairing of technology transfer offices in Turkey with the ones in France and US, and trainings and workshops on business development, intellectual property, coaching, technology transfer policies and strategies.
Assessing the achievements of the project, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: "I believe that EU-Turkey cooperation in the specific fields of science and research will remain important in the future through the EU's Horizon2020 programme, through the integration of the Turkish Research Area into the European Research Area and through projects like the one we are just closing today, based on competitiveness and innovation”
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