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Poland catching-up regions : designing regional technology transfer office - Podkarpackie center for innovation (English)

This report is an implementation focused document that proposes a solution for addressing the problem of unexploited potential in the Podkarpackie R&D ecosystem (in particular, relatively low, although gradually increasing, level of intensity of business - university collaboration). The Podkarpackie region is doing relatively well on some key measures of innovation. Research and development (R&D) expenditures per capita and employee were on par with the national level in 2014 (€90), and almost five times higher than in 2007 (€20). On this measure, the region ranks fourth nationwide. In terms of private R&D expenses, the Podkarpackie region ranks third in Poland, after the Mazowieckie and Malopolska regions. Despite negative national trends, the number of students (and in particular, students of technical universities) in Podkarpackie grew significantly over the last years. In particular, with close to 50 thousand students, Podkarpackie ranks at the top of all European cities in terms of the number of students per capita. The PCI will aim at full financial sustainability in the long-term, yet public resources will constitute indispensable support in the short- and medium-term. International experience shows that it usually takes around ten or more years for a TTO to become nearly or completely self-sufficient and that public funds play a facilitating role in their success. It is assumed that the PCI will generate increasing revenues, thus its dependency on public funds will diminish over time. The report sets the target break-even date for the PCI at year 15 after the launch of its operations. The report also recommends a funding solution for the subsequent five-year period. The PCI will be funded from the Podkarpackie Regional Operational Program (ROP), which needs to be changed to accommodate the program. It is expected that during PCI’s initial five-year period, revenues generated from its activities will amount to 15 percent of its expense base. That percentage will gradually increase, allowing for the PCI to reach a break-even point after 15 years from its launch. This report is an interim milestone that will guide subsequent discussions on the implementation of the PCI model. Its conclusions and recommendations will be further validated and developed during the remainder of 2017.

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    Wolszczak,Grzegorz Aleksander, Wiatr,Dariusz Krzysztof, Toborowicz,Jerzy Jakub, Malicki,Krzysztof Michal, Kaznowski,Andrzej Jerzy, Żukowski, Michał, Panayotova, Elista, Aridi,Anwar, Kriss,Paul, Ionescu-Heroiu,Marcel

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Wolszczak,Grzegorz Aleksander Wiatr,Dariusz Krzysztof Toborowicz,Jerzy Jakub Malicki,Krzysztof Michal Kaznowski,Andrzej Jerzy Żukowski, Michał Panayotova, Elista Aridi,Anwar Kriss,Paul Ionescu-Heroiu,Marcel

Poland catching-up regions : designing regional technology transfer office - Podkarpackie center for innovation (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.