European project NUCLEI

Enhanced Open Innovation in the Central Europe 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. As a result, technology transfer is an expensive process that often duplicates efforts and does not respond to the time-to-market requirements. 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.

Given that context, NUCLEI aims to change the obsolete innovation management model from a “local-based” technology scouting approach to a transnational pool of knowledge that supports advanced manufacturing innovation beyond regional borders.

It will particularly increase economic interdependences among seven Central European regions and encourage more effective transnational value chains in automotive, electrical industry, IT sector, robotic and mechanic automation. Such joint knowledge sourcing approach will help the 7 NUCLEI industrial clusters and its end-beneficiaries (corporations, SMEs, R&D performers) to generate new consortia/business deals for executing bold technological, product, and market projects. The creation of a broad and collaborative environment, initially tested by 100 companies from 7 regions, is expected to:

  • Increase linkages with innovators outside the project regions by 40-50 percent;
  • Accelerate the time-to-market of R&D concepts (from EU-funded research & central European labs to companies) by 15-20 percent;
  • Increase R&D expenditure and patent applications of participating companies by 2-3 percent of mid-term turnover.

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

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

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