About the project
The EU project Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine (KTUR) marked the start of a trinational Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) on the Upper Rhine. Within the framework of the INTERREG V Upper Rhine funding program, the EU provides financial and human resources to establish joint structures and activities in the field of Knowledge and Technology Transfer. The project started in October 2019 and will run for three years.
A major goal of KTUR is to intensify, structure and professionalize cooperation among the transfer actors of the universities involved in the project and among universities, intermediaries, and companies in the trinational Upper Rhine region. The objective is to create a long-term network on the Upper Rhine, forging a common identity in the area of Knowledge and Technology Transfer in this region. Through increased exchange and cooperation, existing barriers can be reduced, significantly simplifying and enhancing cross-border contacts and project initiation between universities and companies.
In the course of the project, project partners will investigate various aspects of Knowledge and Technology Transfer and develop measures adapted to the core target group—regional industry. Along with formulating and testing a joint Knowledge and Technology offer in the areas of further education, these measures include start-ups, cross-border innovation events, the establishment of a single entry point for industry, and a modularly adaptable research-to-business information and exchange platform.
About the project
The first year of the project served as an analysis phase. One focus was to become acquainted and to exchange information about the different KTT structures within the partner institutions. In the course of a series of interviews and research, the project partners identified and analyzed the potential for increased cooperation with existing network partners and platforms, such as clusters, business development agencies, or chambers of industry and commerce on the Upper Rhine. Another work package focused on existing cooperation between universities and companies. In this manner, by the end of the first project year the partners managed to define best-practice solutions and potential improvements to cross-border cooperation between universities and companies.
An important milestone in the first year of the project was the development of pilot measures that are being implemented and evaluated together with at least a hundred companies. An advisory board consisting of industry representatives from France, Switzerland and Germany will hold regular discussions regarding continuation or modification of the individual measures.