In Poland, there is no shortage of firms or institutions that specialise in expert consulting , giving opinions, issuing certificates, etc. Everyone can buy such a certificate if they wish. The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), on behalf of the Ministry of Development (MR), administers European funds designated for small and medium-sized enterprises, and knows that the credibility of some of these documents is little or none. Because of this, the Agency wants to have a highly credible reputation while assessing submitted applications. To meet this objective, the MR has decided to make its own Centres of Innovation accreditation list. The Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer of the University of Warmia and Mazury has recently become one of them. In our province, only the Elbląg Technology Park has received accreditation from the MR so far.
There are about 60 such centres. They are so-called business support institutions; i.e. technology parks, science parks, science and technology parks, industrial and technology parks, techno-parks, technological incubators, centres of technology transfer, academic business incubators and centres of innovation. All of them are non-commercial, which means that their objectives are not profits from the provided services.
Why is this certificate so important?
“Because companies from across Poland will be able to engage us to provide consulting services to stimulate the implementation of the chosen innovation. However, PARP will be a payer and subsidise 70% of consulting service costs, which is between PLN 35,000 to 294,000. Since there are many applicants and few accredited Centres of Innovation, there is a good chance that we will receive a great number of applications and our experts, academics at the UWM, will gain benefits from it,” explains Jerzy Siwkiewicz, director of the Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer.
“Giving opinions on applications is not just an additional source of income for our scientists, but is also a way of promoting their names and the UWM,” points out the director of CITT.
More information: Jerzy Siwkiewicz, director of CITT mobile 510-169-546, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.