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.

The Patent Center Bavaria (Patentzentrum Bayern) at Bayern Innovativ GmbH is one of the most established patent centers in Europe and has been an important consulting center for Bavarian companies on the subject of intellectual property rights and standards for 145 years. The services provides expert suppport on all kinds of questions relating to industrial property rights – from searches prior to filing an IP application to information on application procedures and free advices from a patent attorney. Information on the Patent Center Bavaria can be found here

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.