European project NUCLEI

Network of Technology Transfer Nodes for Enhanced Open Innovation in the Central European Advanced Manufacturing and Processing Industry

The European Union's most important automation and mechatronic industries are located in central European regions. While their business dimension is intercontinental, their innovation-related services often remain local, thus slowing the transfer of research and development results from regions of Central Europe to industry. The challenge is to improve the innovation-related services, scaling-up regional efforts and to accelerate the transposition of key enabling technologies (KET) from relevant EU-funded research & central European labs and projects into new end-user components and apps for the advanced manufacturing industries.

NUCLEI aimed to establish a transnational innovation management model in Central European regions and to create a transnational pool of knowledge that supports advanced manufacturing innovation beyond regional borders.

Partners from six Central European countries have joined forces to improve innovation management across regional borders, among them the regions Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Upper Austria, Bavaria, Lower Silesian, Košice and Eastern Czech Republic.

The main objectives of the project were:

  • Increase linkages with innovators beyond regional borders of the project regions
  • Accelerate the time-to-market of R&D concepts from EU-funded research and Central European labs to companies
  • Increase R&D expenditure and patent applications of mid-term turnover
  • Create thematic focus groups as regional managers
  • Collaborate on transnational technology transfer.

NUCLEI was funded by the INTERREG Central Europe scheme under the priority innovation and knowledge development. 

Project duration: 07/2016 - 06/2019

Participating Countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic

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