Chr. Dimas: The Centers of Competence bring research institutions closer to the business world

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“Now we have introduced the institution of Centers of Competence in the country, while we are systematically monitoring its evolution. In this way, an important gap in the field of research activity in Greece is covered” notes the Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Christos Dimas in an article in APE- EIA for Competence Centers.

The Deputy Minister states that 12 of the 17 submitted funding applications were approved in the action of the NSRF for Competence Centers and these are new structures originating from a public-private partnership in five of the eight areas of the Smart Specialization Strategy: Information and Communication Technologies ( ICT), Materials – Construction, Health and Medicines, Agri-Food, and Energy.

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The article of the Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Christos Dimas in detail:

Competence Centers

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“Competence Centers” provide specialized products and innovation services to companies, especially small and medium-sized ones, while at the same time attempting to transfer technology to them. They have the necessary infrastructure and know-how to effectively help bridge the gap between supply and demand of innovation and technology transfer services in key sectors of the Greek economy.

It is the first time that the State and in particular the Ministry of Development and Investments systematically implement actions for the better utilization of the research activity carried out in Greece and its connection with innovative entrepreneurship.

More specifically, the Action is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union in the framework of the NSRF Operational Program 2014-2020 “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, while the amount of approved total expenditure amounts to 22.05 million euros, of which 13.05 million euros are public expenditure.

The aim is to promote innovation in domestic entrepreneurship through the development of integrated plans for the creation and operation of Competence Centers. In these, the joint use of facilities and equipment, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, as well as the creation of cooperation networks with businesses and other organizations are achieved. At the same time, through the Competence Centers, the transfer of technological solutions to production processes is encouraged, as well as the offering of products and services to businesses, in order to improve their competitiveness. They also contribute to the orientation of businesses towards products and services of high added value, which will lead to the development of extroverted entrepreneurship. Finally, the Competence Centers aim to train businesses to acquire the necessary skills to implement new technologies in the industry sector, with the aim of technological and digital transformation of businesses.

In the Competence Centers Action, 12 of the 17 funding applications submitted were approved, following a positive evaluation by the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation of the Ministry of Development and Investment. These are new structures resulting from a public-private partnership in five of the eight areas of the Smart Specialization Strategy: Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), Materials – Construction, Health & Medicines, Agri-Food, and Energy.

We have now introduced the institution of Competence Centers in the country, while systematically monitoring its evolution. In this way, an important gap in the field of research activity in Greece is covered, bringing the Research Bodies closer to the business world of the country. The Competence Centers, in combination with the actions of the Collaborative Innovation Formations, the Technology Transfer Offices and the Action “Research – Create – Innovate”, are another decisive step for more effectively connecting the research carried out in the country with entrepreneurship and, therefore , to strengthen the competitiveness of the Greek economy.

Source: AMPE

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