| Project of the Month – November 2013

NoGAP – Knowledge Transfer Community to bridge the gap between research, innovation and business creation

Project bridging the gap between research and innovation and taking advantage of the innovation potential of SMEs based on a better cooperation with researchers, transferring and using knowledge resulting from research. The overall objective of noGAP is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries to develop a 'Common Knowledge and Innovation Space' on the societal challenge 'secure, clean and efficient energy'. The noGAP consortium is composed of 13 organisations from 6 countries of which 3 are EU members (Germany, Romania, Slovakia) and 3 are members of the Eastern Partnership (Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia).
noGAP logo: a circle of three curved elements in light green, pink and turquoise

Project overview

  • Acronym: noGAP
  • Full titel: Knowledge Transfer Community to bridge the gap between research, innovation and business creation
  • Project number: 609531
  • Starting date: 1 October 2013
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Type of Activity: R2I-ENP (Reinforcing cooperation with European Neighbourhood Policy countries on bridging the gap between research and innovation)
  • Project website: http://www.no-gap.eu/

Project Objectives

In order to improve mobility between research, business and innovation, interrelated tandem relations between research organisations and innovation support services are established.

group photo: impression from the project's kick-off meeting

The noGAP project aims to:

  • identify the main drivers and obstacles of closer links between academia and the market in the field of secure, clean and efficient energy in the Eastern Partnership Region
  • develop a best practice methodology to enhance successful commercialisation of research results and to improve the management of these results
  • develop innovation support services to foster existing and establish new strategic partnerships
  • assess the opportunities for the establishment of sustainable Technology Transfer Centres (TTC) in the participating partner countries on the basis of existing structures and good practice
  • improve the competencies of researchers, entrepreneurs and multiplicators by organizing trainings
  • develop a list of pilot activities to foster mutually beneficial public-private-partnerships between EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the energy sector
  • create and organise twinnings between the regions
  • promote networking between EU and Eastern Partnership countries.

Project Partners

map showing the origin of the projct partners

  1. Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, SIG, Germany (Project Coordinator)
  2. Universitatea Tehnica Cluj-Napoca, UTC-N, Romania
  3. SC IPA, SA IPA, Romania
  4. Slovenska Polnohospodarska Universita v Nitre (Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra), SUA, Slovakia
  5. Unia Klastrov Slovenska Zdruzenie, UKS, Slovakia
  6. Educational Establishment Belarus State Agrarian Technical University, BSATU, Belarus
  7. Innovation Association Akademtechnopark-Republican Centre for Technology Transfer, RCTT, Belarus
  8. International Center for Advancement of Research, Technology and Innovation, ICARTI, Georgia
  9. Georgian Technical University, GTU, Georgia
  10. Institut Elektrozvaryuvannya IM.E.O. Patona Nacionalnoi Akademii Nauk Ukrainy, PEWI, Ukraine
  11. Nacionalniy Tehnichniy Universitet Ukraini Kiivskiy Politehnichniy Institut, NTUU KPI, Ukraine
  12. The Centre for Science and Technival Information and Innovation Promotin of Ukraine, NIP Ukraine, Ukraine
  13. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR, Germany


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