The CERIM model

Innovation is a key competitive factor in the global economy. The contribution of institutions of higher education and research to innovation and the welfare of the European economy is a key concern of regions and nations. Most regions and states however experience significant challenges in creating models capable of supporting academic-based innovation and its transition to the markets.

In particular problems are typically related to:

  • Unclear policy and legal frameworks
  • Lack of motivation of research institutions and of researchers
  • Lack of qualified personnel managing the technology transfer process
  • Lack of networks to regional, national and international resources, industrial partners and venture capital

CERIMs overall objective is to unleash the innovation potential of the higher education and research institutions of Central Europe through the development and validation of a technology transfer model, adapted to the specific situation of the partners and characterised by a strong transnational networking component.

Transnational cooperation is crucial as it will help the partners:

  • Reach critical mass of innovations
  • Bundle competences, resources and networks
  • Achieve a faster learning curve
  • Better influence decision makers

The project partnership comprises technology transfer specialists and public research organisations from the Central European regions. The partners most urgent challenge is the ability to deliver a seamless service package ranging from screening of innovations to identifying buyers and mediation of venture capital. The expected long-term effects of the project are increased competitiveness of companies and revitalisation of economic sectors.

In this section, the regional technology transfer models of the project partners will be presented as will the transnational CERIM model, which will be developed over the next three years of the project.

A video about CERIM..
...was produced by the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme.

CERIM presented innovations for algal biomass
IRI UL attended the traditional 5th Slovene Innovation Forum 2010. Within CERIM project, the top innovations in the field of algal technology were presented.

CERIM to be presented at Slovene Innovation Forum
IRI UL will attend the traditional 5th Slovene Innovation Forum 2010. CERIM project and the top innovations will be presented among other innovations created by Slovene companies and individuals. The entry is free.

Internal innovation workshop
The CERIM partners met in Vienna for an internal workshop where a method for the ranking and selection of high-potential innovations was developed and applied.

Study tour to the US
The CERIM partners visited tech transfer organisations in Detroit and Boston.

5th Technology Platform conf. “Open Innovation”
What can companies benefit from open innovation? That was one of the topics of 5th Slovenian Technology Platform conference which took place in Ljubljana on the 26. November 2009.

CERIM Innovation Symposium
When, if not now, is the opportunity to be innovative? This was the theme of the CERIM Innovation Symposium 09 held in Salzburg, 21-23 October.

Study tour to the UK
The CERIM partners visited technology transfer organisations in London and in Oxford in order to receive input for the development of a new technology transfer model suitable for Central Europe.

CERIM presentation overseas
Dr. Slavko DolinŠek (IRI UL) presented the CERIM project at the PICMET conference "Technology Management in the Age of Fundamental Change" in Portland, USA.

CERIM at the MOTSP conference in Croatia
CERIM partner IRI UL presented the results of CERIM starting phase at the MOTSP-conference in Sibenik, Croatia, on 10 June 2009.

CERIM-presentation in Berlin
The 30th of June did Prof. Dr. Peter Heydebreck (inno AG) present the CERIM-project at a conference in Berlin.