Transregional Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer to Improve Health Care
Creating an international network operating in range of scientific fields, seeking to develop new products and services for the improvement of the health system. The aim is to jointly construct an unprecedented model of integration and create a virtuous synergy, not only in science and technology, but also in the social and economic fields.
Success factors i. Strong commitment of the Team manager of the Lead Partner ii. Good commitment of most Partners iii. Great “community” of recruited researchers iv. Important scientific and technical results v. Great Website for promotion / dissemination vi. Good support by Joint Technical Secretariat / Managing Authority vii. Good networking with other Biomedical Projects funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013 viii. Strong interest in the Project by SMEs ix. Nice opportunities for Project sustainability Weak factors x. Slow Project’s start-up leading to (a small) de-commitment of funds xi. Poor initial involvement of administrative staff xii. Slow build up of full understanding of Operational Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013 rules and guidelines in the partnership xiii. Poor involvement of some Team Managers xiv. Too high administrative burden on some researchers xv. Way too high global administrative burden
The project was conceived as an Expression of Interest in fall 2008, started its activities in April 2011 and ended its cycle in September 2015. In spite of this long cycle, its relevance has increased over time, rather than decreasing. In facts, its scope is fully coherent with health-related regional smart specialization strategies of the Regions/States of the Italy-Slovenia Programme Area (2007-2013) and beyond. Moreover, its achievements provide a useful starting platform for health-oriented projects for both European Territorial Cooperation and Horizon 2020 Programmes. It is an example of best practice for what concerns the human resources management, project management and reporting, strategic communication, stakeholders’ involvement (especially industry), dialogue with the public authorities and, most importantly, it developed a simple tool to steer biomedical research activities from a purely scientific domain towards innovations.