Monthly Archives: January 2014

EC SETS UP EASME

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf  several EU programmes. The new agency replaces the EACI (Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation) that managed the … Continue reading

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EC ORGANISES INNOVATION CONVENTION 2014

The European Commission is organising its 2014 Innovation Convention on 10-11 March in Brussels. The programme aligns a both distinguished and fresh speaking panel with representation from Europe, the USA, South Africa, South America, Japan and India and incorporating inter alia … Continue reading

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PUBLIC CONSULTATION OPEN ON INTERREG EUROPE

The interregional cooperation programme 2014-2020, called ‘INTERREG EUROPE’, is currently being shaped. The programme will fund interregional cooperation projects which allow partners from the different EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland to work together on a shared regional policy issue … Continue reading

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MIRRIS – LOOKING FOR POLICY DIALOGUE MODERATORS

MIRRIS (Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems) is a coordination and support action funded under the FP7 Social Sciences and Humanities programme, which undertakes to identify the strengths and weaknesses of R&I performance in ERA and Framework Programmes of … Continue reading

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UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION REPORTS AVAILABLE FOR 14 COUNTRIES

The Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre, with the support of DG EAC of the European Commission, have made available 14 country-level reports on university-business cooperation in Europe. Following on from a major European study which captured input from 6 280 academics … Continue reading

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PATENT FILINGS AT EPO REVEAL NEW HIGH IN 2013

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 265,000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257,700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and … Continue reading

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EU INTRODUCES INNOVATION INTO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT RULES

On 15 January, the European Parliament approved updated EU rules on public procurement which take account of environmental and social considerations as well as innovation when public contracts are awarded. Until now the focus has been on getting the lowest … Continue reading

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FROM IDEAS TO IPO CONFERENCE IN LONDON

The research commercialisation conference, which was orginally announced for October 2013 in Brussels, has now been re-scheduled to take place in London on 19 and 20 May. Organised by Elsevier, this cross-discipline event aims to promote best practice in university-industry-investor … Continue reading

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HUMAN CAPITAL AND ITS IMPACT ON ACADEMIC SPIN-OFFS

TII member, Prof. Magnus Klofsten of the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Linköping University in Sweden, is the co-author of a recently published paper looking at how human capital interacts with the development of academic spin-offs. The paper focuses on … Continue reading

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