Research and Innovation at the University of Patras: The case of Innovation and Technology Transfer Office
Research and Innovation at the Universityof Patras: The case of the Innovation &Technology Transfer Office (ITTO)Nikolaos AvourisDeputy Rector for Research & DevelopemntUniversity of Patras, GreeceRegional Policy Improvement for Financially Sustainable Creative Incubator UnitsPARTNER MEETING, THEMATIC SEMINAR AND STUDY VISIT Patras - 4-6 June 2013
The University of PatrasHistory of 50 years. Public institution. Over 20departments, student population of over20,000 and a faculty of 700+It maintains a competitive research record. Thirdparties research funds in 2012 around 35 M. €
Ranking in world University listsAccording to QS World University Ranking for academic year2012 U.Patras is in the group of 600+ Univeristities. In 5thposition among over 90 higher education institutions inGreeceSource: www.topuniversities.com
Excellence in diverse fieldsSource: www.topuniversities.com
High in funded research(#63th in Europe, #3 in GR)# Institution Score1 FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS 33.292 NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS 33.13 UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS 32.114 CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS 31.755 NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS 29.786 INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS 29.187 HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH 28.628 NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS" 26.229 UNIVERSITY OF CRETE 25.7210TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE 23.11(http://www.researchranking.org EU Funding score in 2012)
U.Patras Research CommitteeThe Special Account of ResearchFunds of the University of Patras wasestablished according to the CommonMinisterial Decision no. KA/679/1996that foresees the creation of "SpecialAccounts" in Higher Education Institutesin Greece, with the objective themanagement of funds targeting to theResearch and Development. Transitionnow to a different legal entity (for profitS.A.)The administration of the SpecialAccount is done by the ResearchCommittee with the responsibilityof:• -Proposing the research policyto the Senate• - Administration of researchprojects• - Propose and execute theBudget of the Special Account• - Definition of the FundingGuide• Informing the scientificcommunity of the University onfunding opportunities• Supporting young researchersthrough scholarshipshttp://research.upatras.gr/
Innovation and Technology Transfer• Short term plan: Establishing links betweenresearch results and industry• Long term plan: Build a Regional Centre forInnovation and Technology transferThe Riganokambos Project:In the phase of planning
Innovation and TechnologyTransfer OfficeA structure sponsored by the University of Patras ResearchCommittee, established 5 years ago.Activities :A. Research Directory: index of research units and their fieldsB. Field Map: Identify and follow the local and national sectorsrelevant to U.Patras researchersC. Identify funding opportunities for technology transferD. Innovation support (patterns, spin offs, etc.)E. Dissemination of research resultsF. Business opportunities and needs
Α. Research Directory• Directory of research units:– their research infrastructure and key researchers withtheir research profiles and interests according to fields ofEU http://rdo.upatras.gr• Directory of research networks• Service laboratories• Innovation directory (spin offs, patents)
rdo.upatras.grIndex of research capital of the University organized insectors and thematic areasObjective: To maintain a portal that provides access tothe research capital of the University.Perspective: Lowusage record, higheffort to maintain.Alternative solutionsto harvest researchportals (researchgate,academia, etc.)and/or use a CRISsystem.
Β. Field Mapping and Networking• Regional partners /– Local government, Entrepreneurs’ associations, chambers ofcommerce and industry• Mapping of industrial partners to active research groups• Identify areas of technology with high demand and theirkey requirements• Identify and collaborate with other regional, national andinternational technology transfer institutions
C. Funding and networking opportunitiesfor technology transfer• Presentation and linking to Funding Calls andFunding opportunities.• Dissemination of calls.• Support for funding bids preparation.
D. Innovation supportSupport for exploitation of research results,technology transfer and IPR management• Support and advise on Patents applications.• Support for Spin Off creation.• Support for Laboratories Certification.• Seeking partners for funding and commercial exploitation ofresearch results.• Consultancy for innovation, technology transfer and businesscreation
Ε. Dissemination of researchresults• Support for dissemination of technological services andexploitation of research results.• Networking with technology transfer organizations atnational and European level.• Intensify relations between researchers of the Universityof Patras and industry in the region and the world.• Processes and Information dissemination for ethicalissues in research.
F. Business opportunities and needso Screening and contacting industrial partners per sectorof activityo R&D department for improvement and creationnew productso Research problems and needso Implementation of research ideaso Training in business practices for students andresearchers of the University of Patras (this is the mainactivity of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU) ofthe Careers Office - Coordination is needed, the latteris funded by structural funds).o Technology transfer seminars for the industryo Asking successful entrepreneurs to act as legal advisorsand mentors of young students.o Tools for search of partners for new products .
University Networks42 Interdisciplinary Research Networks in 5Clusters:- Information andCommunication Technologies- New Materials andConstructions- Environment andSustainable Development- Bio-medicine and bio-engineering- Education and HumanResources
ProTon: The European Knowledge TransferAssociation
Patras IQJoint TechnologyTransfer ExpoUniversity of Patras andChamber of AchaiaDecember 2012
Patras IQ 2012Over 100 researchers of the University of presented research activities andinnovative results in fields like: Energy and Environment, Health,Geology, Food, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Nano technology andmaterials, Manufacturing and Constructions, Computer Science,Transports, Electronics and Telecommunications, Space technology.There are plans tomake PATRAS IQ aperiodic event withparticipation ofresearch and industryfurther afield.Patras IQ: P. Marlafekas, (President of Chamber of Achaia), P. Groumbos,A. Tzes (professors of U. Patras), G.Panayiotakis, Rector U.Patras
Open targeted meetings• Objective of the meetings is the presentation ofresearch results and technologies relevant to asector to stakeholders concerned by members of theresearch community.• They are organized jointly with the local chamber.Widespread publicity and targeted mobilization ofthe sector usually takes place beforehand.• 3 partnerships were established in recent monthswhile more are in negotiation phase.
ΙΤΤΟ external evaluationJanuary 2013Evaluator: Paul Van Dun (Director of Research Development of KU Leuven)Objective: Evaluation of University of Patras activities and its environment(scientific and industrial partners)Evaluation recommendations:• Support of the ITT Office and technology transfer activity by the Universityof Patras• Support for technology transfer at the regional level• Patents and entrepreneurship culture• Methods for mobilization of researchers in innovative research• Funding up to proof-of-concept level• Flow of information and communication between ΙΤΤΟ & ResearchCommittee• High Potential of Science Park
Upatras ITTO in summary• Overall: More support is needed to become amainstream activity (link to education, lifelonglearning, research results, University missionstatement and strategic plan)– Small human resources allocated, specialized personnelneeded– Working under an adverse political and businessenvironment.– Active mostly at regional level.– Success stories: PATRAS IQ and Targeted Sector Meetings– Lack of coordination with the Careers Office structure– Research Directory not as effective as expected.