European project USEandDIFFUSE
Support of Best Best Practices of technology transfer in Europe
The strategic objective of the USEandDIFFUSE project was to enhance dissemination and exploitation of European research results and to facilitate the exchange of Best Practices. The project focused on RTD projects involving SMEs implemented under the Framework Programmes, and within key industrial sectors (ICT, health). Based on past experiences at EU level, this project concentrated on the development and implementation of strategies aimed at reinforcing the exploitation of RTD results, as well as clustering of projects on common topics to improve interaction, joint dissemination and exploitation activities.
The approach of the project:
Support of dissemination and practical exploitation of RTD results was realized via the organization of study visits, the exchange of good practices and the drawing up of joint plans and strategies for the comprehensive promotion of project results. A central project component was the creation of a practical, freely available Best Practice Manual, which delivers a close look at the most interesting cases, methods and solutions for the road-mapping of an effective strategy for the dissemination and exploitation of RTD results, as well as methodologies for realistically establishing their true market potential. It also includes suggestions on innovative approaches to be used in various branches of the economy. The guide is widely disseminated at EU-27 level to key actors and stakeholders, in particular European Technology Platforms, clusters and SME associations.
The main goals of the project were:
- Identification of best practices in the area of dissemination and practical exploitation of results obtained from research projects involving SMEs,
- Development of an effective Methodology for the Dissemination and Exploitation of RTD results,
- Exchange of best practices,
- Organisation of company meetings, fostering the exchange of information.
The project counted on the invaluable knowledge and experiences gathered by qualified project partners from Poland, UK, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Cyprus, all acting as facilitators between the research environment and industry. The project ran from February 2008 to July 2010.
"Making European Research Work for Your Company: Guide to the Use and Dissemination of Research and Development Results"
Within the project the Guide has been produced in order to equip and prepare SMEs to make better use of the results of collaborative R&D projects so that they can be of benefit to their businesses by having a tangible impact on profits, competitiveness and company growth. SMEs from previously identified 24 Best Practice R&D projects were asked how they used and disseminated their research results in order to indentify the real benefits that companies can obtain from collaborative R&D projects and how to go about it and this knowledge and experience has helped to shape the contents of this Guide.