Developing an efficient technology transfer model involving the participation of businesses from the outset
For the COTEC Foundation, the COSCE and the CYD Foundation, among others, one of the classical problems of the Spanish science and technology system is the weak liaison between universities and other public research bodies and the business world. To help overcome this concern, they issued two recommendations:
- Improving the integration of the public R+D+i system with the technological development activities of the business world.
- Supporting the necessary increase of public and private funding allocated to research with improvements to the internal management of the bodies receiving those funds.
Thus, the R+D+i policy of the Community of Madrid focuses on the consolidation of the institutions that, like the IMDEA Institutes:
- Generate excellent science, defined by and for everyone, and efficiently applicable to improving: the competitiveness of the Madrid economy; the productivity of businesses and, as a result, their international expansion potential; and the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and cost of the public services.
- Spread scientific knowledge so as to make it useful for the society at large, and transfer the outcome of the research to the society, through an efficient technology transfer model based on:
- The development and filing of patents and other intellectual property protection methods.
- The creation of technology-based spin-offs.
- Their participation in activities aimed at raising social awareness about science.
- The collaboration with national and international public and private institutions.
- Their participation in national and international scientific-technological networks.
- Attract «excellent» talent.