Successful transfer of knowledge and technology

Actively sup­por­ting pro­jects in the field of know­ledge and tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer is one of the Bava­ri­an Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on Agency’s key are­as of work.

We see our­sel­ves as a ser­vice pro­vi­der, working as a media­tor bet­ween sci­ence and indus­try and thus hel­ping to make sure it does not take long for aca­de­mic fin­dings to make their way into indus­tri­al app­li­ca­ti­ons. Moreo­ver, we also help Bava­ri­an orga­ni­sa­ti­ons to obtain patents and then explo­it their results.

Knowledge and technology transfer through R&I projects

The­se days, the idea of brin­ging tog­e­ther the worlds of sci­ence and busi­ness at an ear­ly sta­ge of the inno­va­ti­on pro­cess is gene­ral­ly reco­gnis­ed as a suc­cess­ful approach to tech­no­lo­gy poli­cy. Ever sin­ce it was foun­ded, the Baye­ri­sche For­schungs­stif­tung (Bava­ri­an Rese­arch Foun­da­ti­on) has pro­mo­ted coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween sci­ence and indus­try and sup­por­ted the trans­fer of know­ledge and tech­no­lo­gy in joint R&I pro­jects and in Bava­ri­an rese­arch asso­cia­ti­ons. As well as hel­ping Bava­ri­an uni­ver­si­ties, this is par­ti­cu­lar­ly bene­fi­cial to lea­ding tech­no­lo­gi­cal SMEs and estab­lis­hed Bava­ri­an companies.

A wide spec­trum of defi­ned key tech­no­lo­gies eli­gi­ble for fun­ding was the­re­fo­re selec­ted with the clear aim of pur­suing an inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry approach and iden­ti­fy­ing are­as of cross­over. For instance, the “High Tech­no­lo­gy for the 21st Cen­tu­ry” fun­ding pro­gram­me covers the focus are­as of life sci­en­ces, infor­ma­ti­on and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies, micro­sys­tems tech­no­lo­gy, mate­ri­al sci­ence, ener­gy and the envi­ron­ment, mecha­tro­nics, nano­tech­no­lo­gy, as well as pro­cess and pro­duc­tion technology.

On a Euro­pean level, R&I pro­jects are expec­ted to be inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and pro­mo­te col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween sci­ence and indus­try. With this expec­ta­ti­on, the EU’s aim is to ensu­re that sci­en­ti­fic fin­dings are con­ver­ted into spe­ci­fic inno­va­tions, pro­ducts and ser­vices as quick­ly as pos­si­ble. Bay­FOR pro­vi­des expert advice on cur­rent EU calls – pro­vi­ded that at least one Bava­ri­an part­ner is invol­ved – and matches pro­mi­sing con­sor­tia with Bava­ri­an players.

A moderator for innovation in a future-ready economy

The aim of Bay­ern Inno­va­tiv is to sup­port Bava­ri­an orga­ni­sa­ti­ons in tracking and ana­ly­sing new tech­no­lo­gi­cal trends and deve­lo­p­ments, scou­ting new tech­no­lo­gy, and sear­ching for poten­ti­al part­ners from the worlds of sci­ence and indus­try. We match them with other play­ers from indus­try and sci­ence from all sta­ges of the value crea­ti­on chain and help them to clo­se any gaps when it comes to tech­no­lo­gy, sup­ply chains and sales channels.

It focu­ses main­ly on the clus­ters of ener­gy tech­no­lo­gy, auto­mo­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gy and new mate­ri­als and the issu­es of health/medical tech­no­lo­gy, tex­ti­les and the cul­tu­ral and crea­ti­ve indus­try. It also con­cen­tra­tes on the poten­ti­al for inno­va­ti­on in gate­ways to elec­tro­nics, sen­sor tech­no­lo­gy and other key are­as of cross-sectional technology.

Bay­ern Innovativ’s net­works cur­r­ent­ly com­pri­se around 70,000 peop­le from 40,000 busi­nes­ses and rese­arch insti­tu­tes plus 80 asso­cia­ted orga­ni­sa­ti­ons. The­se experts get tog­e­ther at con­gres­ses, forums, work­shops, and clus­ter and net­work mee­tings orga­nis­ed by Bay­ern Inno­va­tiv as well as at joint stands at inter­na­tio­nal high-tech tra­de shows, whe­re they dis­cuss the latest trends, net­work and seek out new coope­ra­ti­on part­ners.

Technology, patents and licences – Services for businesses

As the cen­tral patent agen­cy for Bava­ri­an uni­ver­si­ties and uni­ver­si­ties of app­lied sci­en­ces, the Baye­ri­sche Patent­al­li­anz (“Bava­ri­an Patent Alli­an­ce”) acts as a link bet­ween sci­ence and indus­try. It offers com­pa­nies – inclu­ding tho­se out­side Bava­ria – access to patent-protected inven­ti­ons by over 23,000 sci­en­tists in Bava­ria. It also pro­vi­des advice and sup­port to Bava­ri­an or Bavaria-based SMEs when it comes to paten­ting and com­mer­cia­li­zing their inno­va­tions.

A partner for European knowledge transfer initiatives

Along­side its main goal – hel­ping sci­en­tists and busi­nes­ses to app­ly for Euro­pean fun­ding for rese­arch, deve­lo­p­ment and inno­va­ti­on – Bay­FOR also gets invol­ved in Euro­pean know­ledge trans­fer initia­ti­ves, ther­eby con­tri­bu­ting to the spread of spe­cia­list know-how across the con­ti­nent and beyond.