The aim of this project focuses on the transfer of technology, intellectual property protection and support of spin-off companies. The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
The project is an institutional cooperation between University of Hradec Králové and OsloMet, and benefits from a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.
The goal of the project, therefore, is to support the entrepreneurial environment based on research outcomes and the establishment of spin-off companies with the goal of commercialization of intellectual property created through research at universities.
In broader terms, the project should help to build know-how to develop businesses and civic involvement in economic development as it should support starting businesses in the region.
Both OsloMet and the University of Hradec Králové have extensive experience in innovation and commercialization, and it is useful for the universities in the two countries to exchange experience.
Exchanging experience of technology and knowledge transfer will help students and researchers get in touch with the industry.
Many of the researchers and students are innovative and have outstanding ideas that could benefit society, but due to a lack of knowledge about how to protect intellectual property rights and commercialize those ideas, they do not make it out of academia.
One of the goals is to develop a course that can show researchers and students how they can get product ideas to the market.
It is also planned for a summer course in the Czech Republic in 2022 with a focus on technology transfer and intellectual property rights.
The initiative was launched through a collaboration between OsloMet Artificial Intelligence Lab and Hradec Králové (uhk.cz/en). The project will run over two years and is funded by the EEA with EUR 149,216.