Public authorities’ support for knowledge transfer
The Brussels-Capital Region, the Walloon Region and the European Union, through its European Social Fund, have introduced several initiatives to encourage research development and enhance their economic benefits. Examples include mandates for a ‘technology adviser’, an ‘expert technology developer’ and an ‘expert human and social sciences developer’; the ‘First Spin-Off’ and ‘Launch’ programmes; and 'Patent' and 'maturation' funds.
Another example is a project called ‘MIRVAL+’ (from the French ‘MIse en Réseau pour PLUS de VALorisation), which was launched as part of the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Framework Programme (Axis 1 ‘enterprise and creativity’ - Measure 2 'Raise awareness and support innovation and creativity: training, networking and additional support').
This six-year project (2015-20), carried out in partnership with EasyNove network operators, is an important funding programme for the Knowledge Transfer Offices (KTOs) of universities and higher schools of the French Community of Belgium. MIRVAL+ aims to increase the impact of applied research on business innovation and enhance knowledge transfer to civil society.
|With the support of|
|Clusters – Brussels|
|Clusters – Wallonia|
|Walloon Region KTOs network - LIEU|
|Louvain Innovation Network - LIN|
|Competitiveness Clusters - Wallonia|
|Association of University Technology Managers - AUTM|
|Bureaux de liaison entreprises-universités (BLEU)|