INGEGNO is a development program of CalabriaInnova dedicated to the enhancement of scientific research results through industrial validation projects.
It is observed that in Calabria there are brilliant ideas and lines of research of great interest and scientific impact but with little capacity to industrialization projects developed by the research centers.
The goal of the action is to transform research results into real products or services to improve and to make Calabrian SMEs grow. INGEGNO path start through a call addressed to researcher from public universities and public research organization and it develops in 4 phases:
PHASE 1. Detection of scientific research results at a development stage between TRL 4 (Technology validated in lab) and TRL 7 (System prototype demonstration in operational environment). The scientific results need to be inherent to the areas of the S3 Calabria.
PHASE 2. Evaluation of the coherence with the S3 Calabria and minimum TRL of 4 (necessary to access to the path).
PHASE 3. Analysis related to the applicative potential of the solution and a public platform (http://www.convalideindustriali.it/) of research results aimed at SMEs.
PHASE 4. Partnership management between SMEs and research groups in the definition of the business plan for the intellectual property plan and financial plan aimed at the realization of the project for the exploitation of research results (industrial proof).
Beneficiaries: Research groups or individual researchers from public universities and Public Research Institutions (PRIs), SMEs.
Budget for proof of concept: 2 million euros funded by Calabria Region.
Budget to manage the proof of concept: about 300.000 euros/year.
The human resources are avarage 4 experts.
Evidence of success
Results achieved to date:
- 113 Research Results for 17 reference bodies are present on the INGEGNO platform http://www.convalideindustriali.it/.
- 3 technical seminars at the three universities of Calabria.
- 5 funded projects.
The lessons learned during the implementation is how to involve the researchers to develop an entrepreneurial culture.
Potential for learning or transfer
This practice is considered interesting because it can be a tool used to facilitate the relationship of SMEs with the innovation supply system for the development of R&D activities and to encourage the use of services offered by highly specialized solutions.
The enhancement path is exclusively dedicated to the research results falling within one or more of the eight Innovation Areas of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) of the Calabria Region.
The researches can fill a research form and it will be published in the INGEGNO showcase (http://www.convalideindustriali.it/), which will always be open and will be periodically enriched with new industrial research results.