Athens, 18 April 2006
Development minister Dimitris Sioufas and education minister Marietta Yannakou have signed decisions to support the transfer and dissemination of technology to businesses.
Specifically, 160 proposals have been approved for financing under Action 220.127.116.11 (Bilateral and Multilateral Research & Technology Development cooperation), with total subsidies of 4,750,000 euros
The programme is part of Measure 4.3 of the Operational Programme for Competitiveness (“Encouraging research and the transfer and spread of technology to businesses: support for international scientific and technological cooperation and transfer of technology.”)
The purpose of the Programme is to offer encouragement to Greek businesses, industrial companies, research centres, universities and technological educational institutes and provide them with incentives to participate actively in transnational projects.
The programme covers a number of areas, including farming, and food technology–biotechnology, information technology and networks, telecommunications and transport, the environment and renewable sources of energy, health, materials and nanotechnology, as well as cultural heritage.
Participation in the programme may involve cooperation in Research and Technological Development (RTD) with at least one industrial company, knowledge-intensive business, research centre, institute, etc. in a European state and/or a country outside Europe (the financed projects concern Greece’s scientific and technological cooperation with the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain, France and Italy).
This is the fifth intervention by the Ministry of Development regarding the transfer and spread of technology to businesses through international cooperation. The first was completed on 22 October 2004, when Mr Sioufas approved the financing of businesses in Action 18.104.22.168 (“International Cooperation in Industrial Research and development activities at a pre-competition stage”), with a total budget of 2,488,918 euros. The programme is also included in Measure 4.3.
The next three interventions concerned the inclusion and financing of 86 proposals focusing on scientific and technological cooperation between Greece and Serbia, Poland, France, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, China, Great Britain and Bulgaria in the framework of the same Action (on 29 October 2004, 1 April and 14 December 2005, respectively).
Specifically, financing concerns the following projects: