What is open innovation?Open Innovation, also known as external or networked innovation, is focused on uncovering new ideas, reducing risk, increasing speed and leveraging scarce resources. With a better understanding of “what is out there”, a company is able to lower risk by combining external capabilities with internal innovation resources. The old question of “Why reinvent the wheel?” clearly applies, as Open Innovation enables a company to connect with someone who has already developed the technology in need or who is further along the development path
What is open innovation accelerators?Successful open innovation relies on intermediaries and platforms connecting an organization with outside solution providers, so called open innovation accelerators (OIAs). In the last decade, a new industry of service providers for open innovation has emerged supporting companies in executing these tasks- intermediaries, technology brokers, consultancies, and agencies helping their clients to accelerate an open innovation project by providing dedicated tools, methods, access to an established community of solvers or participants, but also education and process consulting.
What is technology transfer?Technology transfer (TT) is a successful implementation and/or adaptation of an innovative technology, developed by one organisation, for the needs of another organisation(s).
What is knowledge transfer?Knowledge transfer (KT) is a term used to encompass a very broad range of activities to support mutually beneficial collaborations between R&D institutions, universities, businesses and the public sector. Knowledge transfer and technology transfer are often used interchangeably and both knowledge transfer and technology transfer are highly interactive activities.
What is technology transfer intermediary or technology broker?
A recent survey article on the issue of intermediation and the role of intermediaries in the innovation process, defines an intermediary as:
An organisation or body that acts as an agent or broker in any aspect of the innovation process between two or more parties. Such intermediary activities include:
- helping to provide information about potential collaborators,
- brokering a transaction between two or more parties,
- acting as a mediator, or ‘go-between’, between bodies or organizations that are already collaborating,
- helping to find advice, funding and support for the innovation outcomes of such collaborations (Howells 2006).
This definition can be developed to identify four quite distinct intermediary roles:
That of a consultant—covering assistance through providing information and advice in the recognition, acquisition and utilisation of relevant intellectual property or knowledge and technology capability.
That of a broker—covering ‘brokering a transaction between two or more parties’.
That of a mediator—being an independent ‘third party’ who assists two organisations form a mutually beneficial collaboration.
That of a resource provider—being an agent who secures access to funding as well as other material support for the innovation outcomes of such collaborations.
What is BRICS?BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The grouping was originally known as "BRIC" before the inclusion of South Africa in 2010. The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, but they are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs
What is BRICS technology transfer network – BRICS TTN?
BRICS TTN provides you with modern communication tool to become the member of BRICS innovation community and to find the right partner (-s) in any of BRICS countries.
BRICS TTN is an online community of innovation players in BRICS who want to collaborate in knowledge and technology transfer.
The network hosts the database of the Technology profiles where requests for technologies are matched with available technologies.
What is the technology profile?
A profile is a cooperation request or offer; it summarises the necessary and sufficient information about the offered or requested technology/product, the company/organization presenting it and the expected cooperation.
Published profiles are visible to anyone in the world and they are the key element in creating successful partnerships. Finding the right matches for your/your client’s offers and requests lies at the heart of the work of a Network participant.
Who are the members of BRICS TTN?
The Network actors can be classified in the following categories that differ with their roles:
- Individual organization - R&D center, university ,innovative company, competence center, etc - works in the Network on its own behalf, representing own tech offers and needs.
- Technology broker – any intermediary organization - technology, innovation center, etc. , - work on behalf of their client organizations within a certain region (geographical segmentation) or a certain sector (thematic segmentation), representing their offers and needs. The clients of a Technology broker are not Network members, and they do not use the Network platform.
- Coordinating organization / team – manages and coordinates the operation of the Network members at the national level (a BRICS country national coordinator) or at the Network level –a BRICS TTN coordinator (can be a collective body).
How to become a BRICS TTN member?
- Go to http://brics-ttn.org/index.php/en/about and Click on the Apply Now (in the bottom of the page)
- Specify contact person and information
- Brief describe your organization’s core activity
- Define what the role your organization will be in the network: Individual organization or Technology broker.
- Generate access data for your account (login and password)
After you complete and submit the registration form, an expert of the Coordination organisation during 1-2 days will evaluate the application to ensure the BRICS Technology Transfer Network requirements are met. Once approved, your organisation becomes the member of the Network, and you will receive an e-mail confirming your accountactivated.
What are the formats of technology transfer projects?
The main objective of network’s participants is initiation of joint technology transfer projects with participation of the partners from BRICS countries.
In BRICS TTN the formats of joint projects can be the following:
- Joint venture cooperation: a strategic alliance whereby two partners decide to develop a new entity, usually for a well-defined period of time or for a specific project;
- Technical cooperation: an agreement between two partners whereby resources are pooled and skills are shared to further the development of the technical aspects of a product or technology. The purpose is to enable the parties to accomplish more than they could have done alone;
- Research cooperation: an agreement between two partners to work together on the exploratory research and development of a new solution or technology;
- Cooperation based on a license agreement: a transfer of rights involving the authorization (by the licensor) to use the licensed material (by the licensee) , in return for a fee or share of royalties;
- Manufacturing cooperation: an agreement between a partner which has developed a product and a manufacturer with the eye on production of this product;
- Reciprocal production: an agreement between two or more parties to share their resources to achieve a common objective of production;
- Services cooperation: an agreement between two entities where one agrees to provide a specified service to the other;
- and other forms.
What is the BRICS TTN Intranet System?Intranet System supports the core business processes of the Network members. The tools are available only for registered participants. Basic business processes supported by the Intranet are the following:
- Promotion: informing about events, company missions, broker meetings, fairs, etc.
- Positioning in the Network and making visible for partners.
- Finding technical and/or commercial partners for your products, technologies or innovative services, through:
- posting your cooperation proposals in the format harmonized with BRICS TTN standards (technology offers and requests, business offers and requests, R&D requests), - searching for interesting proposals among offers and requests posted by other Network participants, - creating and receiving expressions of interest, with an easy registration and following up the further communication till a partnership agreement is achieved. - assess the market demand and prospective of your offers by the expressions of interest coming from other Network participants.
- Networking: organisation of professional communications between the network members.
Can the BRICS-TTN platform help to find partners for international calls for R&D and innovation projects?
Yes, it can. Supporting the partner search for joint projects is the main objective of the BRICS-TTN platform. To do so, you can use the following tools:
- Post your own technology profile, describing the offered project, to the attention of potential partners,
- Study similar profiles in your sector, posted by other people, and start communicating them by expressing interest in their profiles.
It is to be mentioned yet that international calls for R&D and innovation projects are rather a tool for supporting the earlier established partnerships, than a tool for speedy partner search. The best way is to look for partners in advance, to have time to learn each other and to discuss your joint project. The BRICS-TTN platform is a good tool for this task. In any case, the first thing you should do is to formulate a description of your project in the form of a technology profile, so that potential partners in other countries could understand, which kind of partner, with which competences and for which call you seek.