ATI Technology Centres help SMEs cross the 'Valley of Death' and go from lab to market to develop and produce new ATI-based products. They help companies reduce the time-to-market for new innovation ideas.
ATI Technology Centres are public or private organisations carrying out applied research and close-to-market innovation (Technology Readiness Levels TRL 3 to 8, not necessarily the whole range) in Advanced Technologies for Industry.
Technology Centres typically provide the following services to SMEs:
Access to technology expertise and facilities for validation;
Proof of concept / lab testing
Prototype development and testing;
Pilot production and demonstration/ pilot lines / pre-series
Product validation / certification
Technology centres have to comply with 3 qualitative criteria
Provide services to industry and SMEs
Be active in at least one of the Advanced Technologies for Industry
- Be active in the higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) -have activities in TRL5, TRL6, TRL 7 or TRL 8
- Technology Centres have to comply with at least 2 additional quantitative criteria among the following 4:
More than 10 projects with SMEs in the last two years.
More than 2 major investments in equipment for close-to-market R&D activities with industry in the last 3 years. The Centre should provide a short description of these investments (type, functionality and investment amount)
At least 15% from industrial funding in the total annual funding of the Centre in the last 2 years.
At least 7% from projects with SMEs in the total turnover of the Centre in the last 2 years.
Technology Centres are responsible for the correctness and accuracy of the information provided.
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Location of Technology Centres
Josef Stefan Institute
Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI)
Innovation Centre Nikola Tesla
Software Technologies and Engineering Institute (ITIS Software) (ITIS Software)
KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre
Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM