TÜBİTAK offers grants of up to 1 million TL per year to 10 more universities to encourage them to establish new Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) and to develop existing ones.
Last year, for the first time, the 1513 Support Programme for Technology Transfer Offices was launched by the TÜBİTAK Science Fellowship and Grant Programmes Department (Turkish abbreviation: TEYDEB) to facilitate collaboration between universities and industrial enterprises and allow industry to benefit from new information-based technologies.
TÜBİTAK had already started supporting 10 universities within the scope of this programme last year, and now the list of the universities receiving TÜBİTAK support in 2014 has been announced. Thirty-six universities applied for grants. The universities selected to receive support are as follows:
- Anadolu University
- Bilkent University
- Dokuz Eylül University
- Erciyes University
- Gaziantep University
- İstanbul University
- İstanbul Şehir University
- İstanbul Technical University
- İzmir Institute of Technology
- Uludağ University
The TTOs to be supported will receive a grant of up to 1 million TL per year from TÜBİTAK. Based on results of yearly evaluations, the support period can be extended up to 10 years. The scope of the grant covers personnel expenses, transportation, subsistence and accommodation costs, tools, equipment, software, purchase of publications, service fees, meetings, presentations and organisational expenses, certified financial consultancy fees, and general expenses.
The role of TTOs
TTOs, providing coordination and communication between universities and industry, will have a significant role in converting academic studies into patented products and services. These offices will also work as project offices to help universities make use of national and international public support efficiently. They will be involved in the preparation of project applications and the establishment and monitoring of project partnerships. They will also play a critical role in university-industry cooperation, supporting the emergence of entrepreneurial ideas from faculty members and students and the industrial application of the knowledge they acquire in academia.
Last year, for the first time, TÜBİTAK decided to support Boğaziçi University, Ege University, Hacettepe University, Koç University, Middle East Technical University, Özyeğin University, Sabancı University, Selçuk University, and Yıldız Technical University.