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Parliamentary questions
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12 May 2016
Question for written answer E-003947-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D)

 Subject:  Horizon 2020 action to link University research with the end of the R&D&I chain
 Answer in writing 

Many of the academic activities conducted at Spanish universities are at a ‘technology readiness level’ (TRL) of <4, meaning ‘invention’, with activities that are closer to ‘innovation’. Is action going to be proposed to link those activities with others with TRLs of >7? In other words, is action going to be taken and infrastructure provided to step up mid-range TRL activities (i.e. those between 4 and 7) in order to forge stronger links between university research and the end of the R&D&I chain? This would improve universities’ chances of submitting successful calls for proposals under the Horizon 2020 programme, the industrial strand of which chiefly centres around medium and high TRLs, meaning that those with low TRLs can only apply for calls for proposals issued by the European Research Council (ERC). The need for pilot plants, moving beyond standard academic laboratories, ought to be assessed.

At the stage prior to providing support for activities that turn research into innovation, are there plans — along the lines of what happens in the USA, Japan and Korea, for example — to focus efforts more on TRLs 4 to 7, leaving the bulk of the work on TRLs 8 and beyond to the industry that is interested in marketing the innovative products in question?

Would this mean changing the plans as regards the way in which the EIT and its KIC programmes are to work? Along the same lines, are there plans to set up a scheme for ERC calls for proposals on technology?

Original language of question: ES 
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