At the beginning of June 2014 the first Summer School on Technology Transfer (TT) was organised in Tallinn, Estonia, within the framework of the FP7 SECURE-R2I project. The 5 day training course took place on the premises of Tallinn University of Technology, in the Mektory Innovation and Business Centre.

The Summer School targeted primarily young researchers and other staff working for the SECURE-R2I consortium partner organisations based in the eastern partnership countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine).


The training course consisted of several modules: commercialisation of research results; contractual issues in the TT process between publicly funded research and private industry; negotiation of TT and the art of reaching agreement; making the business case for technology opportunities (practical bridge-building between science and business), and evaluating the real potential of a business idea.

In parallel to the training modules, some of the attendees visited a number of organizations and research institutes in the Tallinn area which excel in research exploitation and academic entrepreneurship.


The first Summer School was organised by Technology Innovation International, a Luxembourg-based association which is also a member of the SECURE-R2I consortium, in collaboration with other project partners. Over the course of the project the SECURE-R2I team is planning to organise two more trainings on technology transfer. If you would like to stay informed, please, follow updates of the website or subscribe to the SECURE-R2I newsletter (please, send an email to tatiana.retunskaia *at*


The slides and handouts prepared by the trainers of the Summer School are available here.


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609534.