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FITT Toolbox: Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams

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  • 1. Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams FITT – Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer – www.FITT-for-Innovation.eu Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  • 2. Transfer awareness actions  Measures to increase transfer awareness among researchers  Designed and implemented recently by common efforts of technology transfer and communication officers  Two complementary elements:  Technology transfer guide for research teams – published in the format of Q&A: answers to the fundamental questions that a researcher can ask about transfer  Innovation Meetings – series of regional events based on presentation of “success stories” and interactive sessions between researchers and TT officers2 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 3. Technology transfer guide for research teams  Paper publication: Guidelines for Technology Transfer addressed to the Research Teams  Bilingual: French – English (multinational research teams)  Presented in the compact form of questions and answers, with concrete examples  Covering the most common problems encountered by researchers and information they need to get involved in transfer activities  Drafted and designed by a team composed of TT officers and communication officers of INRIA headquarters3 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 4. TT guide for research teams Sections:  Research – industry relations  Support available from TT office  Managing intellectual property Source: ‘Guidelines for Technology Transfer Addressed to Research Teams’, INRIA  Collaborative projects involving industrial partners  Contact persons Source: ‘Guidelines for Technology Transfer Addressed to Research Teams’, INRIA Source: ‘Guidelines for Technology Transfer Addressed to Research Teams’, INRIA 4 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 5. TT guide for research teams  Dissemination:  Paper version only: - privileges direct contact and exchange (“hand to hand” distribution) - avoids getting lost in the overloaded intranet  Printed guides are distributed among TT officers – to be used as a support in the discussion, explanation, handed out to researchers for additional information  Up to the TT officer to find opportunities to distribute it  Handed out to researchers during talks with TT officers at Innovation Meetings  No general distribution – except during the welcome days for newcomers5 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 6. When?  Edition of the guide was finished in October 2010  It was printed and distributed to INRIA TT offices at the end of the year  It is supposed to be used continuously, in particular during events as Innovation Mornings and welcome day for newcomers6 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 7. Who?  Stakeholders  INRIA headquarters: - Transfer and Innovation Department - Communication Department  TT and Communication officers in INRIA regional centres  Researchers, in particular young or newcomers7 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 8. Where?  Technology transfer guide  Disseminated both at the headquarters and in the regional centres  Disseminated during events and during informal meetings between TT officers and researchers, according to their working routine Source: ‘Guidelines for Technology Transfer Addressed to Research Teams’, INRIA8 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 9. Pros & Cons PROs CONs  A set of basic information and contacts  Due to the distribution channels, for researchers, a practical tool for TT some of the researchers may never officers get the guide  Natural selection of readers – only the  Can be perceived as pushy towards interested ones: technology transfer - Who have received it during TT related events - Who have received it from a TT officer on the occasion of TT related discussion9 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 10. Why ?  Rationale:  Re-thinking the general measures for internal communication and awareness creation  The idea was to have a comprehensive measure/programme including a tool (paper guide) and a cycle of events (Innovation Meetings)  It was essential to reach young researchers and newcomers, usually more open to transfer issues and curious about how the institute works  No “preaching”, but encouraging and supporting the interested ones10 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 11. Why ?  Impact:  INRIA’s experience in approaching researchers shows that: - Young researchers are more flexible and can easier accept some new ways of thinking and doing, while experienced researchers rarely change their old habits - It is important to choose well the target group; different types of researchers exist and addressing all of them by the same measure is less efficient - There is a need of more focused actions instead of generalised ones, even if they are going to reach fewer people  This approach is more about creating opportunities for interaction and facilitating the first steps of researchers towards transfer initiatives11 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 12. Outcome  Both the guide and the regional events are quite recent and more time is needed to get a complete feedback  It has been well received by all stakeholders so far  The real outcome in terms of raising awareness on technology transfer among researchers will only be possible to observe in the long term12 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 13. Outcome  Plans for the future:  300 copies of the guide have been distributed in each regional centre  It is going to be used by TT officers during the events and at all convenient occasions13 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 14. Lessons Learned  While preparing the content of the guide, TT officers must consider their field experience: what is the information that researchers most often miss or search for?  It is important that TT and communication offices collaborate in order to produce a professional communication tool.  At INRIA we have chosen a light and compact format for the guide: the basic facts and explanations, completed with tips where to find more information and support. We believe that this ensures its wider use among researchers.14 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams
  • 15. Suggested Readings  Link to bibliography  Link to code book Awareness, communication, people, researcher, technology transfer office  Link to relevant websites INRIA’s Transfer and Innovation Department website: http://en.inria.fr/innovation/partnerships-transfer-of-technology15 | March 2011 Technology Transfer Guide for Research Teams