Launched in 2001, the Academia TDP, through providing subsidies, encourages universities to use available R&D facilities and resources to develop forward-looking/innovative industrial technologies. 16 years later, the Academia TDP has successfully facilitated the use and proliferation of academic research results through patent licensing, technology transfers, etc., and has successfully advanced the overall industrial development in Taiwan.
In order to expand the economic impact of the R&D results developed by academia and create greater value, the Academia TDP evolved in 2014 to encourage commercialization and business creation. The joint-development effort with research institutes and enterprises is expected to bring about economic impact as well as social value.
The Industrial Value Creation Program for Academia
Depending on the technology development stage, the projects funded under this program are grouped into two categories, i.e. value creation projects in general and flag-ship type value creation projects. The projects are to be implemented jointly by industry-academia and research institutes to pool the resources together to engage in the commercialization of the technologies and eventually lead to the creation of startup ventures.
Value creation projects in general
Utilizing accumulated achievements attained in research labs as the base, with the focus on industrial technology related applications, in order to develop next generation products and services. The plan calls for the integration of technologies already developed through cooperation between the industrial sector and the academic community and, as such, the testing of commercial viability thereof. Resources are to be devoted to the development and build-out of the new businesses so created. The closing of each project would be demonstrated by the establishment of a technology startup, or a new business division in a large company.
Flag-ship type value creation projects
In accordance with the direction of government policy, DoIT is forming a flagship R&D team to address the issue of technology gap in product commercialization commonly existing in various industries. The mission of this team, which possesses highly integrated expertise from diverse technology fields, universities and research institutes, is to develop a highly integrated system vehicle to speed up the process of products commercialization, ease the short term bottleneck in the course of remedying the technology gap, and establish a R&D foundation for venture startups to pursue product commercialization.
The Program provides subsidies to universities to encourage technology commercialization and business creation. DoIT promotes the “Industrial Value Creation Program for Academia” and the “Technology Development Program for Academia” to encourage universities to leverage their basic research capabilities and facilities to develop advanced and innovative industrial technologies, produce key intellectual property and create start-up companies or spin-in business units.
Industrial Value Creation Program for Academia
Launched on Oct. 1, 2014, the Program has received 109 applications as of February 20th 2017. 31 universities and 101 enterprises and 5 research institutes have jointly applied for funding subsidies to create start-up companies or new business units, to make plans in technology commercialization with 32 companies, estimating to create 24 start-ups and direct investment of NT$ 18.5 million from industries. In addition, it also contribute to the formation of the flagship project of machine tool among industries and universities, comprising 17 organizations, including National Formosa University and companies and research organizations in central and south Taiwan, in order to find remedies for the weak point of Taiwan’s intelligent machine tool industry.
The Technology Development Program for Academia
This program was launched in 2001 and in the past 16 years it has produced fruitful results. As of December 20th 2016, the outputs include 4,299 patent applications, 2,901patents granted, 299 international collaboration projects (NTD130 million), 568 contract research projects (about NTD500 million), 1,380 technology transfers (about NTD1,197 million), 2,552 transferrable industrial technologies, 1,086 contrach research (about NTD 1,050 million) and NTD 11.2 billion investment from enterprises.