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 programme, the EU provides sufficient 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 runs for three years.
An important goal of KTUR is to intensify, structure and professionalise the cooperation between the transfer actors of the universities involved in the project and between universities, intermediaries and companies in the trinational Upper Rhine region. The aim is to create a network on the Upper Rhine that is designed for the long term and to create a common identity in the area of Knowledge and Technology Transfer on the Upper Rhine. Existing barriers can be reduced through increased exchange and cooperation in order to significantly simplify and strengthen cross-border contacts and project initiation between universities and companies.
In the course of the project, the project partners will investigate various aspects of Knowledge and Technology Transfer and develop measures that are adapted to the core target group, the regional industry. These include the formulation and testing of a joint Knowledge and Technology offer in the areas of further education, start-ups, cross-border innovation events, single entry point for the industry and a modularly adaptable research-to-business information & exchange platform.
Course of the project
The first year of the project served as an analysis phase. One focus was to get to know each other 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 analysed 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. In another work package, the focus was on existing cooperation between universities and companies. In this way, the project partners managed to define best practice solutions and improvement potentials for cross-border cooperation between universities and companies at the end of the first project year.
An important milestone in the first year of the project was to develop pilot measures that are now being implemented and evaluated together with at least 100 companies. An advisory board consisting of industry representatives from Baden-Württemberg, France and Switzerland will regularly discuss the continuation or modification of the individual measures.
A long-term trinational network ensures greater cooperation in knowledge and technology transfer.
Single entry point
With the establishment of a common digital platform, companies get quick and easy access to technology offers from the whole region.
Over the next two years, the project partners will create a cross-border further education programme that is quality assured and recognised in the Upper Rhine region.
In the start-up sector, KTUR ensures more exchange between start-ups in the region. In addition, joint trinational offers for founders are to be created.
Trinational innovation events provide an overview of research and innovation at the universities in the Upper Rhine region.
A strong trinational network on the Upper Rhine will significantly simplify and strengthen cross-border contacts and the project initiation between universities and companies.
KTUR was initiated within Eucor – The European Campus network, in which the University of Basel, the University of Freiburg, the Université de Haute-Alsace, the KIT and the Université de Strasbourg together form a trinational higher education area with currently 115,000 students and 15,000 researchers. The TriRhenaTech alliance has also joined the initiative. The EU supports KTUR with 1.6 million euros. On the Swiss side, the two participating universities from north-western Switzerland are being supported with federal and cantonal funds from the cantons of Aargau, Basel-Landschaft and Jura with around 300,000 euros.
The partners include:
– 5 EUCOR universities (KIT (project coordinator), Strasbourg, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, Basel)
– 6 universities of the TriRhenaTech alliance (Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Offenburg, Furtwangen, Lörrach, Northwest Switzerland)
– University of Koblenz-Landau
4 co-financing project partners (Switzerland)
– Swiss Confederation
– Three cantons: Jura, Basel-Land and Aargau
SATT Conectus Alsace, Alsace Tech, Science Pillar of the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropole Region, EGTC Eucor – The European Campus, Grand E-Nov, CCI Alsace Eurométropole, Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karlsruhe Economic Development Agency – PAMINA Business Club, Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG, Technologie-Netzwerk Südpfalz e.V., Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG, BaselArea.swiss
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