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EUKTS European Knowledge Transfer Society

European Knowledge Transfer Society

Welcome to EuKTS EuKTS has been established to increase the standard and recognition of the knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) profession across Europe. Higher standards and greater recognition are essential elements in enhancing pan-European innovation by increasing the effectiveness of KTT and interaction between industry, academia and public research organizations. The EuKTS project is based on a EU request to improve quality and effectiveness in KTT, as recommended by the CREST Expert Group and more recently by the Innovation Union Communication. A number of EC policy statements, including those of the former Scientific and Technical Research Committee (CREST), have identified the area of knowledge and technology transfer as a structural weakness, particularly in relation to the shortage of KTT professionals, the attractiveness of KTT as a career, the absence of standardized training and the lack of KTT certification with Europe-wide recognition. In many Member States, this weakness exists in all sectors of the economy including industry, public research organizations, government departments and other policy making bodies. Innovation Union stresses the need to further strengthen knowledge transfer in public research centres and to promote collaboration between academia and business at the transnational level. Training programmes must have a sufficient supply of highly qualified workers, attractive careers and easy mobility across sectors and countries.

European Knowledge Transfer Society

EuKTS is a Consortium that consists of major KTT professional associations, training providers and policy-makers. Through the EuKTS project (“European Knowledge Transfer Society� - funded by the European Commission under the 7FP RTD OMC-NET), the Consortium has set out a framework for certification and accreditation of individuals and training providers along with a model of curriculum of skills and competencies for the KTT profession. The EuKTS framework is unique in terms of the comprehensive coverage it provides, not currently available for the KTT profession. Different approaches are used to assess and recognize the expertise and experience of KTT professionals at all levels (basic, intermediate and advanced) and at all stages of the KTT career spectrum. The framework provides a structure for the certification of KTT professionals from all sectors including industry, universities, other public research organizations, and government.

5 EuKTS key points EuKTS is different from any other certification system in the KTT sector at European and international level. Authoritative. Based on inputs from European groups of experts representing all Member States and supported by European public funds the EuKTS framework model has been developed by a large Consortium of organizations from 9 countries representing all KTT professional target groups: Professional Networks, Training Providers and Public Authorities. Qualitative. The EuKTS framework provides quality professional standards at European level in the KTT sector. Such standards have been defined by experts of the EuKTS Consortium taking into consideration best practices at the European and worldwide level. The standards identify core professional skills and competencies on which a common KTT curriculum, criteria and procedures for accreditation and certification are based. The EuKTS framework is a system which can be amended and updated to reflect current practice and changing professional needs as the profession grows and develops.

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7 Complete. The EuKTS framework is a unique certification system in the KTT sector as it covers the complete career path of KTT practitioners by providing three different certification levels and procedures, starting from practitioners just entering the profession to the highest skilled people. The EuKTS framework includes accreditation for KTT training courses in order to improve common quality standards in professional training. Inclusive. The EuKTS framework will be open to stakeholders (Professional Networks, Training Providers, Public Authorities) who are interested in improving quality in the KTT sector by actively participating in the EuKTS and promoting the implementation of the framework in their respective contexts. Independent. The representativeness of all stakeholders and the clear definition of functions and procedures concerning accreditation and certification ensure that the EuKTS framework will be able to avoid conflict of interests.

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EuKTS Benefits EuKTS will provide benefits for all stakeholders in the KTT sector, both individuals and organizations.

EuKTS for Practitioners EuKTS provides a set of professional standards covering the complete career path of a KTT practitioner. EuKTS professional standards are developed at European level but also take into consideration international best practice, so to ensure a broad and common understanding. The EuKTS framework provides clear certification procedures at three different levels (basic, intermediate and advanced) and ensures quality of KTT training through EuKTS accreditation of courses.

9 EuKTS for Training Providers Training providers seeking accreditation for their courses. Standards and guidelines for the development of quality courses are also included. The EuKTS Curriculum constitutes the basis of accreditation criteria and procedures, proposed by the EuKTS framework for the first two levels of training (basic and intermediate). The certification of individuals at basic level is linked to the completion of an accredited basic level course while certification at intermediate level is by examination.

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EuKTS for University and Public Research Centres University and Public Research Centres can benefit from the implementation of the EuKTS framework in that it enhances the quality and recognition of KTT practitioners at European level. Better qualified and recognized practitioners increase the capability of evaluating and exploiting research results leading to greater efficiencies also for the private sector.

11 EuKTS for Public Authorities / Governments For Public Authorities and Governments the EuKTS is a reliable partner for the identification of KTT sector perspectives. EuKTS delivers instruments to innovation policy-makers that enables them to specifically support KTT systems through a robust qualification framework without conflicts of interest.

EuKTS for Private sector companies Private sector companies can benefit from high quality certification of practitioners at all levels of the profession, enhancing the performance of private R&D centres and improving collaboration with the public sector. A common vision of the KTT profession will facilitate exchanges and links between public and private sectors.

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EuKTS Framework-quality in KTT profession The objective of the EuKTS framework is to develop a pan-European set of standards for the KTT profession by •

providing accreditation and reaccreditation for training providers in order to ensure quality

and consistency.

managing the process of certification and recertification of individuals in order to recognize

and /or provide a measure of quality for professionals in the field.

making recommendations for collection of data on knowledge transfer activities, drawing

on the activities of existing professional networks.


Levels: Basic, intermediate, advanced Grandfathering Exams and assessments procedures Transparent procedures

Recognition of professional competences in KTT

EUKTS KTT Curriculum

Core competences / standards for in KTT profession Quality standards for training courses in KTT field Based on European and international relevant


Accreditation procedures of training courses Accredited courses strictly linked to certification basic level Accreditation Panel of experts

EUKTS Framework

Improve quality in KTT training

DATA COLLECTION Comprehensive data collection on KTT activity in Europe

Based on European standards Collaboration with surveys providers Expanding existing Providing new surveys

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EuKTS Curriculum The EuKTS Curriculum has been designed to provide KTT professionals with the necessary professional expertise, irrespective of the country or sector in which they operate. The focus on KTT rather than simply TT is evidenced by the breadth of the curriculum which covers the following core competences: • Information analysis and management • Strategy and IP portfolio • Intellectual Property protection • Opportunity assessment and valuation • Knowledge transfer and marketing of innovations • Negotiating and contracting • New business development and financing • Project management

15 Rules and procedures for delivering the curriculum at basic, intermediate and advanced levels have also been developed. As a whole, the framework represents an ideal curriculum for the education of professionals. At the intermediate level, the training programme could include all the modules or only a number of them. Each module is self-contained and could constitute a stand-alone course.

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Accreditation Accreditation will be offered for training providers at basic and intermediate levels. EuKTS accreditation is designed to provide assurance as to the quality and relevance of the course content to KTT practitioners, and the quality assurance measures and procedures adopted by the provider in delivering the courses. The accreditation procedures are managed by an Accreditation Panel, constituted by the EuKTS Board with the support of local experts. Course providers will be asked to complete the EuKTS application form and supply all relevant supporting materials to the Chair of the Accreditation Panel. The course will then be assessed by an independent accreditation panel of KT specialists against pre-defined criteria. Accreditation will be valid for a period of 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance reviews and reports. For reaccreditation after the two year period, the course provider will be required to resubmit the application form, highlighting any changes regarding the provider or course details.






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Certification Rules and procedures have been developed for recognising and certifying KTT professionals at various stages in their careers. EuKTS certification will be offered at three levels: • “Basic level”- Facilitates entry into KTT fields for individuals with limited or no experience

by successful completion of accredited course

• “Intermediate level” – Recognises the experience and expertise of the more experienced

practitioners in the KTT field by successful completion of standard EuKTS

multiple choice exam

• “Advanced level” – Allow individuals who have achieved a record of

excellence in the field to be recognised through peer review.


EuKTS Grandfathering Advanced

Grandfathering High experience professionals

Advanced EUKTS Certification System

10 years experience in KTT

Recognition of professional competences in KTT




EuKTS Grandfathering Intermediate

EuKTS Expert


EuKTS Professional


EuKTS Associate

3-5 years experience in KTT

Basic 0-3 years experience in KTT

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Recertification is foreseen for basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Recertification will ensure that previously certified individuals have retained and updated their skills. Certification at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels will be valid for 3 years. Basic level certification. The basic level addresses the needs of individuals new to the field, interested in entering the field or with a maximum of 3 years of experience in junior positions. It should also serve the needs of people and organizations wishing to obtain a minimum understanding of the field, such as entrepreneurs, inventors and small enterprises. It should help establish a source of junior professionals for KTT offices in academia, industry and government. As such a very broad geographic decentralization within the European states and regions is essential. Basic certification would be linked to accredited training providers. A specific format and minimum content for the assessment at the end of the course is recommended to ensure quality and recognition. The basic level certification will allow certified practitioners to assume the title of “Associate�.

21 Intermediate level. The Intermediate level certification initiative will most probably be of higher value and importance for most individuals and employment providers in the field. Intermediate level certification will be based on an exam verifying that the individuals have sufficient experience and knowledge of the EUKTS curriculum. Because of the large number of potential applicants, a multiple choice exam would be preferred for its simplicity in scoring and administration. These types of exams are widely used in a number of professions such as accounting and the medical profession. They also allow for a multitude of testing sites, which will be an essential requirement of a European wide system. Key principles for developing a defensible and universally acceptable certification system: • The requirements for passing the exams should be the same or factually similar in time

and in location.

• The process of the exams should be neutral as to when the tests are taken and where. • There should be no possibility of interference by EuKTS stakeholders or Board on the results

and the pass/fail grades. Eliminating this possibility requires a complete separation between

EuKTS stakeholders and the organisation managing and administering the exams.

It also requires using a provider familiar with psychometric rating systems.

This method is commonly used for other certification recognition programmes.

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• The exam should reflect the domains of knowledge and experience and importance

as defined in the EuKTS Curriculum.

• All answers in the exam should be able to be independently verified in publicly available material. The multiple choice exam will be administered by an independent internationally recognized provider with capabilities across Europe. This provider will operate under the supervision and guidance of the EuKTS. As the profession of KTT is of global nature, a worldwide perspective is essential but with special emphasis on the European perspective. Intermediate level certification will allow certified practitioners to use the title of “Professional”.

23 Advanced level. The advanced level of certification will be designed to recognize individuals who have, over the years, established a record of excellence in the field and who have accumulated peer-recognized experience in multiple facets of the profession. It will be a much more difficult and high-level level. Criteria to obtain advanced level certification will be more stringent and take into consideration peer review or similar systems. It is also an incentive for individuals in the profession to strive for continuing improvements in order to obtain such recognition. EuKTS will establish the criteria under which candidates will be allowed to request admittance to an advanced level of certification. The following general principles will be taken into consideration: • Possession of an intermediate level certification • Length of service in the field subsequent to attaining the Intermediate level (10 years) • Multinational aspect of their experience • Proven track record • Demonstrated interest in mentoring junior people/ teaching or training • Proven experience and knowledge in at least 4 of the 8 domains in the EuKTS Curriculum

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The Jury assessment system shall be composed of recognized experts in the field, with different nationalities and diverse professional and business experience, so to ensure maximum fairness and transparency. The assessment shall be based on several factors including the review of experience as submitted by the candidate and rated according to objective criteria to be established, and a presentation by the candidate of a practical case study. Advanced level Certification allows certified practitioners to use the title of “Expert�.

25 Grandfathering In order to jump start the creation of EuKTS Certification it is recommended that a grandfathering mechanism be established. The process will be administered by an independent provider and acceptance will be based on criteria agreed by EuKTS. The purpose of this grandfathering will be to: • Establish immediately a cadre of certified individuals who will help establish recognition

in the profession

• Use these grandfathered individuals as a pool to develop the Exams (individuals participating

in the development of the Exam cannot be asked to pass the Exam themselves and

thus could not be certified otherwise)

• Provide an attractive route to certification for experienced professionals • Act as “ambassadors” for the process and its recognition and play an important role

as mentors for young KT professionals.

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Grandfathering Intermediate certification qualifies highly experience individuals presently active in the profession and who fulfil the quality criteria defined by EuKTS. The intermediate grandfathering process will be administered by an independent provider with the initial help of EuKTS. Proof of acceptance criteria will be on an honour basis. The grandfathered intermediate certification, in line with the regular exam based intermediate certification, will be valid for 3 years. Grandfathering Advanced certification is addressed to individuals with over 15 years of experience in the field, having experience on a multi-continent level and record of teaching or presentation of KT/TT at International conferences, who shall fulfil at least one of a list of quality criteria. The grandfathered advanced certification as well as the actual regularly achieved advanced certification will be valid for 5 years.

27 Data Collection EuKTS ensures the availability of comprehensive data collection on KTT activity in the European Community, including training providers and KTT professionals, industry, representative groups, state agencies, PROs and other KTT organizations, various types of intellectual property and related business opportunities. EuKTS will carry out new surveys and expand the coverage of existing surveys where necessary in collaboration with Stakeholders and other organizations in the field. EuKTS should bring together relevant survey providers and other relevant organisations to expand the current information/data available from ProTon and other survey providers and to introduce new surveys where necessary. EuKTS should also increase awareness of the importance of international understanding, teaching and benchmarking in KT policy development.

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EuKTS Consortium service offer A Feasibility Study and financial plans necessary for the full deployment of the EuKTS framework have been also developed. During the EuKTS project’s life, a pilot project delivering accreditation and certification at basic level has been rolled out. During the next phase, the EuKTS Consortium intends to develop its organisational structure and to continue to deliver accreditation and certification.

29 The EuKTS Consortium is working on a fundraising initiative addressed to public funds and private investors as an essential step to ensure EUKTS sustainability and its full deployment. Under the 2012 working plan of the EuKTS Consortium, there is continued provision of accreditation of training courses at the basic level and the starting phase of grandfathering at intermediate level. Accreditation. The EuKTS Accreditation Panel is available to offer accreditation procedures on demand. Training providers delivering training courses in the KTT field can contact EuKTS to receive more information on procedures, timing and costs. Interested training providers are invited to contact the EuKTS Consortium. Support the EuKTS. 26 organisations (government departments, agencies, international and national KT associations/networks, universities) in 16 countries have already signed the EuKTS Letter of Support. The EuKTS Consortium is continuing to seek opportunities for the enlargement of the network and collaboration with additional stakeholders. The EuKTS Consortium would be pleased to discuss possible forms of collaboration with organizations interested in the initiative. A formatted Letter of Support is available on the website

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Consortium EuKTS Contents and procedures presented in this brochure have been developed by the Consortium EUKTS partners composed by public and private authorities and organisations in 9 European countries dealing with knowledge technology transfer and innovation. They represent different stakeholder target groups, including KTT professional networks, national and regional policy-makers, training providers, experts.

Professional Networks ProTON Europe AISBL, Belgium

ProTon Europe AISBL is the largest pan-European network of knowledge transfer offices and companies affiliated to universities and other public research organisations (PROs) representing over 2000 KT professionals. The mission of the association is to develop the knowledge transfer potential of PROs, by influencing national and European policy relating to PROs, facilitating the exchange of good practice, and developing new approaches and training packages for its members. Highbury Ltd. LES GB/I, United Kingdom

Highbury Ltd. is an independent business development consultancy that provides clients with the expertise required to maximize the commercial value from their inventions, original ideas and new products. Highbury Ltd, officially representing LES Britain and Ireland for the purposes of EuKTS.

31 Licensing Executive Society France, France

LES France is a non profit professional organization founded in 1972. Our members are actively involved in business activities concerned with the licensing, transfer and management of the Intellectual property rights. LES France has 400 members (SMES, OPR‌) and is collaborating with LES Austria, Benelux, Britain and Ireland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Scandinavia, Spain & Portugal to promote technology transfer across Europe. We are also collaborating with the US, African, Asian and the Pacific, Mexican and South American LES societies.

Institute of Knowledge Transfer, United Kingdom

The IKT is a membership organisation for knowledge professionals, those involved in knowledge transfer, exchange and sharing, innovation as the generation of new knowledge and entrepreneurship as the transformation of knowledge into economic capital. The IKT aims to help individuals develop their skills and abilities in this area, providing opportunities for personal development, advancement and publication. The IKT welcomes involvement from knowledge professionals from all sectors, university academics, practitioners and administrators, company personnel and individual business people.

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Public authorities and agencies ASTER S. Cons. P.a. Bologna, Italy

ASTER is a Consortium involving the Region of Emilia-Romagna, Universities, national Research Centres, the regional Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the regional Entrepreneurial Associations, which was created with the aim of supporting, coordinating and developing the network of industrial research and technological transfer in Emilia-Romagna.

austria wirtschaftsservice (aws), Austria

aws is Austria’s national promotional bank and was created in 2002 with the merger of four existing organizations – the BÜRGES promotional bank for SMEs (1954), the Finance Guarantee Company (1969), the Innovation Agency (1984) and the erp fund (1962). It offers a broad range of company-specific investment promotion programmes and services.

Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy

Emilia-Romagna Region (ERR) is a Regional authority with power to design strategies and elaborate policies in the field of economic and industrial development at regional level. ERR through the Department for Productive Activities (ERPDA) has elaborated and implemented in the last 5 years a specific intervention policy scheme for the development of a regional economy based on knowledge and innovation as key factors of economic and social growth throughout the regional territory.

33 Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders, Belgium agency for Innovation by Science and Technology

IWT, the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders is the government agency established in 1991 by the Flemish Government. Since innovation policy is a regional matter in Belgium, IWT is the key organisation for support and promotion of R&D and innovation in Flanders.

State Agency Latvian Investment and Development Agency, Latvia

The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is a state institution supervised by the Ministry of Economics. Mission of LIAA is to create wealth by promoting inward investment and increasing competitiveness of local firms in global markets. To achieve this, Agency is constantly improving business environment, reducing administrative barriers and operating as one-stop-service partner to foreign companies.

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Training providers Charles University in Prague / Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Czech Republic

Charles University (CUNI) is the oldest (founded 1348) and largest (50 th. students) university not only in the Czech republic, but in the whole CCE region. It consists of 17 faculties with specializations ranging from theology and philosophy to law and sciences. It has strong emphasis on medicine – it has five medical faculties plus one of pharmacy. In addition it operates several other facilities with mostly supportive role, one of them being its TTO – Center for Transfer of Knowledge and Technologies (founded 2007). Apart from teaching the University engages in different research activities in various fields and participates in many R&D projects. It co-operates with more than one hundred other universities worldwide and in the framework of its third mission it also engages in various regional and international ventures, including KTT activities.

Europäische Patentorganisation Academy

The EUROPÄISCHE PATENTORGANISATION (European Patent Organisation, EPO) set up the European Patent Academy to foster education and training in the fields of patent related intellectual property rights (IPR). The Academy draws on the expertise and wide range of contacts built up by the European Patent Office and the 34 national patent offices all over Europe. The European Patent Academy takes it as its mission to educate people involved in the field of IPR for a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of emerging technologies.

35 IEEPI, France

IEEPI (European Institute for Entreprise and Intellectual Property) is a Training Institute created by the French Ministry of industry in order to develop the strategic use of intellectual property (IP) and train managers from Industry and Public Research Organisations in the IP field. Our trainings are provided by a network of senior experts who deliver lectures up to date with current international regulations and IEEPI is certified ISO 9001. MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria

MCI Management Center Innsbruck - The Entrepreneurial School® – is an integral part of the unique “Open University Innsbruck” concept in Austria and has attained a leading position in international higher education. MCI offers graduate, post-graduate, and non-graduate educational programmes including Bachelor and Master programmes as well as Executive Master programmes (MBA, MSc, LL.M.), and Certificate Courses for professionals. Applied research and development are particularly valued at MCI for the strengthening of innovation in local companies and the ensuring of quality-oriented instruction. Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University is a world class business school which provides cutting-edge research and educational programs.

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This material has been realised within the European Knowledge Transfer Society Project, funded by the European Commission under the programme FP7 RTD OMC-NET - Support of the Coherent Development of Research Policies

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