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  • Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) was established by the law No. 130/2002 and No. 110/2002. The primary objective of TA CR is a support of applied research, experimental development and innovation in the Czech Republic in compliance with the legal system of the Czech Republic as well as with legal norms of the European Union. The creation of TA CR is a part of fundamental R&D reform in the Czech Republic. One of key features of the reform is a redistribution of financial support from the national budget of the Czech Republic.

  • The US have updated their Innovation Strategy issued in September 2009 and now publish A Strategy for American Innovation.

  • The main objectives for the Research Council of Norway’s Chairmanship has been to achieve added value for the member agencies through the meetings and activities, and to continue the Strategy roll out as approved by the Board in December 2007. The RCN has taken a new initiative to engage member agencies in strategic discussions at the EWG meetings, focusing on one thematic area at each EWG meeting.

  • The IWT annual report 2008 can be downloaded: annual report 2008

  • CDTI assumed the TAFTIE Chairmanship for the second time in its history taking advantage of the Spanish Presidency of the EU during the first semester in a period of time that before the beginning of the year was also felt as changing.

  • Marko Mihkelson shared his views on recent developments and future scenarios in Russia with TAFTIE Executive Working Group Members in Tallinn on 16th February.

     

  • TAFTIE of course fully agrees with the need to audit the use of public funding. But since in some occasions, the Commission's current practice of auditing FP6 projects has raised concerns among certain TAFTIE members and their clients, TAFTIE decided to send a letter to Commissioner Potočnik.

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises aiming at growth and internationalisation and Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation received an even larger share of Tekes funding in 2010. Tekes invested EUR 233 million in SME projects and nearly EUR 100 million in the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation.

  • Since the Technology Transfer Strengthening initiative was launched in April 2007, Enterprise Ireland has worked side by side with Irish Technology Transfer Offices in higher education institutes to develop a world-class system for transferring valuable intellectual property from research into industry.

  • In Cutting Edge (a magazine published by VINNOVA), an article can be found on a recent evaluation by the OECD that states that conditions in Sweden for creating regional economic growth are better than in many other countries.

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