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Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
The Federico II University's technology transfer activities are many and are developed in a large number of sectors, possibly like those of all the great universities, so it is not easy to offer them a complete and synthetic vision.
In the last three years it has been made intense action the University's reorganization. First, downstream of the work of an ad hoc Commission, May 15, 2012 the new Statute entered into force. It was then realized the complete reorganization of the University structures, which saw the deactivation of the Divisions, the Faculties and Departments Pre-Law 240/2010 and activation, with effect from 1 January 2013, 26 new departments. The latter have been generated through a process of rationalization and aggregation of skills, functions, structures and equipment, coordinated by academic governing bodies. In the new organization departments they have carried out an intense and fruitful activity that was supported on one side by resources derived by the university itself that has provided support for the basic operation of research facilities. The resources allocated by the university for this activity have been distributed according to the size of the Departments, the type of research and evaluation of the results of previous years. This made it possible to co-finance major research projects that have been subsidized by the Ministry of Education in the first place through the instruments of PRIN and FIRB both in humanities and in technical-scientific area. Even the FIRB-Futuro in research projects have seen an interesting development, oriented to support the research of young researchers and the subsequent stabilization of new independent research groups. An important research support has also come from funding from private, such as those of the Charities that, in the area of human health, see AIRC and Telethon among the top lenders, and foundations such as the Compagnia di San Paolo of Turin, which has actively supported research in various fields, through the FARO and FORGING tools. It continued the commitment of researchers of the University to get more funding from the European Commission, an irreplaceable source of confrontation with the reality of international research. During the last three years they have been active projects of the 7th Framework Programme, which on the one hand been a source of very substantial resources and a key tool to increase and solidify partnerships in the European scenario, both as regards the not-for-profit component for the industrial component. Even the very competitive basic research projects, funded by the European Commission through the ERC, have seen the participation of some researchers of the University.
The action of the Office of University Technology Transfer has been conducted mainly in research of regional interest, carried out in collaboration with the world of industrial research.
The area in which they have developed technology transfer activities is mainly that of the city of Naples and its province, a socially and economically disadvantaged which places the University to operate in one of about sixty in growth areas of the Member members of the EU. An area where the knowledge gap that is the unused reserve of knowledge to power the socio-economic development is all the greater since, in the face of a strong and competitive university system, there is a weak economy. In these conditions, the transfer of knowledge from university laboratories to the local operator system is problematic. In local businesses often it misses those who are able to absorb or supervise the transfer process.
Aware of the problems mentioned, the Federico II University has identified as a primary goal of its Technology Transfer Office to make cohesive, coherent and systematic way via technology transfer initiatives that originate in various ways, and the University of put in place all possible measures for the economic exploitation of the huge research being conducted in various ways. The opportunities for co-financing for technology transfer activities, in the experience of recent years, come from various sources. First to be considered as funds received under the PON and POR, which by their nature involve close cooperation with the industry on medium-term research objectives. The fields of interest of these projects are numerous and obviously depending from the most developed industrial components and mature in the region, though they have seen the involvement of businesses out of Campania region, which also, due to the fruitful collaboration with our researchers, localized, in many cases, research and development in the Campania Region. Many other sources have contributed to the support of this type of research, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economic Development, etc., And other organizations, such as ENEA and research consortia of various types.
It should be noted, finally, that a very large number of industrial studies have been commissioned directly by companies, especially in engineering and medicine, with mechanisms that increasingly evolve from simple advisory activities for third parties to real experiments that lead to original research results. Moreover, among all other activities, with particular reference to the last three years, include:
• Joint Doctorates projects with small and medium-sized enterprises;
• establishment of accelerators academic spin off companies;
• research and experimental development on behalf of third parties, with a total turnover of about 4.5 million euro (since year 2013);
• filing of 77 patent applications for inventions;
• enhancement of cultural and natural resources mainly through the activation of a line of research shared between the Office of Technology Transfer and CeRITT (Research Centre on Innovation and Technology Transfer hybrid between the Federico II and AICTT, (Italian Association for Culture Technology Transfer promotion).