Module 4: Knowledge and technology transfer


In this module participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the types of knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) as well as the importance of KTT in the innovation process. The challenges and obstacles of KTT are discussed and political funding possibilities shown. 


  • Significance of knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) in the innovation process
  • Sources and recipients of KTT
  • Forms of KTT (cooperation between universities and industry, licenses, contract research, consultation, exchange of personnel, joint ventures, spin-offs etc.)
  • KTT agencies and their function (transfer centers at universities and research facilities, transfer con-sultants, exploitation of patents and licenses, incubators etc.) 
  • Obstacles in the KTT process and possibilities for its  optimization
  • Possibilities for government funding of KTT

Knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) is not a new phenomenon, yet in the last 10 years systematic funding has become more important. For example, KTT was statutory assigned to universities as an additional third mission. The course builds on modules 1 and 2 which deal with innovation systems and innovation processes as a circular, coupled and non-linear process. Challenges for KTT arise from their characteristics as shown by different examples. This also includes the recipient’s capacity for absorption.

Diverse studies conducted by Fraunhofer ISI have examined forms and sponsors of KTT. These practical findings are the basis for the topics covered. The course aims to develop comprehensive knowledge of KTT. This includes the clarification of key terms, the description of sponsors and forms of KTT as well as possible obstacles. Possibilities for government funding are shown based on these findings. 




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