Organised by the EU-funded EMPORIA4KT project, the “Blue Economy Technology Transfer Programme” will be implemented in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. The programme will focus on developing routes to market for selected Blue Economy Early Stage Technologies (EST), carried out by teams of researchers with the support of experienced technology transfer mentors and advisors.
Researchers resident in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK are invited to submit Early Stage Technologies (TRL 1-4) related to the Blue Economy to the programme. Selected ESTs (15 in total, 3 per country) will be taken forward by national teams in the Blue Economy Technology Transfer Programme (see Call for Researchers for more information). Each team will spend 9 months (April – December 2021) developing a route to commercialisation for each selected EST, supported by experienced EMPORIA4KT project partners and mentors in academic and industry fields related to the Blue Economy. Results will provide information on best EST market fit, how to obtain funding, insights into the most cost-effective roadmap for development, and how to take industry standards and regulations into account.
At the end of the programme, each EST and associated route to market outcome will be represented at a brokerage event in Brussels to an international audience of Blue Economy industry, public bodies, private investors and peers. The EMPORIA4KT project will raise additional funding for proof-of-concept studies for the winning EST. In addition, the owners of all (15) selected ESTs will receive a detailed commercialisation strategy to develop their technology further, increasing the likelihood of transfer to market. The developed EST strategy will belong to the EST-owner.
Anyone can submit a technology for consideration, regardless of whether they also apply to the separate Call for Researchers. EST owners will be invited to participate in the programme as mentors to the research team that is working with their EST, but this is not obligatory.
For more information, please visit the EMPORIA4KT website below.