"During the 1st Technology Development Regions Summit, the Technology Transfer Offices which deserve to be supported within the scope of TUBITAK 1513- Technology Transfer Offices Support Program have also been declared. “ODTU Teknokent University-Industry Collaboration and Technology Transfer Project” which will be carried out by METU in collaboration with ODTU Teknokent will also be supported in that framework. Within the concept of the Support Program, applications from 39 universities were realized and out of this 39, 10 universities deserved to receive the government support."
Within the scope of TUBITAK 1513- Technology Transfer Offices Support Program which was initiated to improve the existing Technology Transfer Offices and encourage the establishment of the new ones, applications from 39 universities were evaluated by considering the experience, competence, personnel structure of technology transfer offices together with the targets, outcomes and business plan of the projects. This year, Boğaziçi, Ege, Hacettepe, Koç, METU, Özyeğin, Sabancı, Selçuk and Yıldız Technical universities, technology transfer offices, were entitled to be supported.
The main aims of ODTU Teknokent University Industry Collaboration and Technology Transfer Project, which will be supported under the scope of this program are:
- To enable the University – Industry Collaboration,
- To support technology based entrepreneurship,
- To strengthen the synergy between companies (platforms, clustering, network structures),
- To ensure the efficient use of national and international funds for the financing of R&D and innovation processes.
- To convert METU’s academic knowledge, experience and research results into economic, cultural and social values by developing effective collaborations.
The protocol for "ODTÜ Teknokent, Development of University-Industry Collaboration and Technology Transfer Project" was signed by the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Mr. Nihat Ergün, President of TÜBİTAK Prof.Dr. Yücel Altunbaşak and the President of Middle East Technical University Prof.Dr. Ahmet Acar on April 9, 2013. at a ceremony held at TUBİTAK.
With respect to the project, TUBITAK support of 1 million TL annually will be available and according to the yearly performance, continuation of the support for a period of 10 years will also be possible.