Knowledge and technology transfer: Energy research implemented
Under the leadership of novatlantis, the consortium consisting of Dr. Astrid Björnsen (WSL), Dr. Peter Morf (Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG) and Dr. Anna Roschewitz (novatlantis) is developing a concept and a toolbox for knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) within the framework of the SFOE’s new funding instrument SWEET “SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition”.
The aim of SWEET is to promote the innovations needed to successfully implement the Energy Strategy 2050 and achieve Switzerland’s climate targets.
Knowledge and technology transfer: a conceptual approach
Knowledge and technology transfer in the broadest sense is the cooperation between science and industry, especially for the purpose of producing innovations, but also for solving economic, political, social or ecological problems. There is no universally valid definition.
Knowledge and technology transfer is often understood to be the transfer of knowledge or technology from a sender (donor system) to a recipient (recipient system). The transfer of knowledge can include explicit, implicit or silent knowledge. Technology transfer is understood as the totality of knowledge about scientific/technical correlations for the solution of technical problems. Knowledge transfer as a generic term thus covers all areas of technology transfer.
In June 2020, the SFOE’s new SWEET funding programme started with the first thematic call for proposals. Here, the transfer of knowledge and technology from the numerous future consortium projects and between the players in the innovation system plays a key role. In addition, there is already a wealth of KTT experience from other national and international research programmes (e.g. SCCER, NRP, Horizon 2020).
Development of an overall KTT concept for SWEET (level program & level consortia), which defines a clear framework of requirements and at the same time actively supports consortia in their KTT activities with a KTT toolbox and also promotes their cooperation. The KTT concept is then mainly supported and implemented by the consortia, with subsidiary coordination by the SFOE.