Kickstart Your Research Results Into The Market
RVP 2.0 is our 10-month program that supports the transition of your research results to the market through a customized journey – perfectly designed to cover all your specific needs. A team of top mentors will guide and encourage you as you learn through our carefully crafted curriculum and well-thought practical projects.
The working language of this program will be English.
Who can apply?
Research teams from the following Universities:
- Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Iași
- Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași
- Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași
- Ion Ionescu de la Brad University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Iași
- Vasile Alecsandri University, Bacău
- Ștefan cel Mare University, Suceava
Send your application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your application form between May 4 and June 4, 2021
What type of support will you receive?
Needs-based coaching and mentoring for capacity-building and facilitation of interaction with the industry, such as (but not limited to) marketing strategy, intellectual property rights, commercialization strategy etc.
What Makes the RVP 2.0 Program Unique?
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We will tailor the program and the assignments to match your level, as well as your unique background and project ideas, all while respecting your learning pace. We deliver a fully personalized learning experience.
We understand that the journey of your project ideas starts well before applying to the program and doesn’t end once the program finishes. We want to equip you with the best customized tools and knowledge that will bring your project closer to the market.
Instead of relying mostly on fictional scenarios for your projects, we will help you find opportunities to solve real problems, all while working within a team, as we want you to explore the solution designer roles.
What Will You Gain?
Business Development Workshops
Our approach is built by a top team of consultants with one common mission in mind: to help you know everything you need to know to market your research results. You’ll go through all the relevant theory, giving you a well-thought (and much needed) structure.
What Will You Gain?
We make all the efforts to understand who you are, your background, your goals, and then we enable you to make the most out of your learning journey by leveraging your unique traits and advantages.
What Will You Gain?
We’ll arm you with everything you need for a successful market launch, including strategies, practical knowledge, real life examples and best practices and a network of like-minded people and organizations that we will connect you to.
Research Valorization Program (RVP) - Overview
The objective of the RVP is to directly and indirectly support the commercialization of research projects. The RVP activities to be carried out under the TA Program support selected, high-potential research teams to improve the technological and market readiness of their projects, to identify potential markets, and to improve their understanding of IPRs. This is expected to have an immediate commercialization output for some teams, but also offers longer-term benefits to research teams by fostering a greater awareness of key success factors in commercialization, which can allow them to produce more market-oriented research in the future.
While the direct beneficiaries of the RVP are researchers and TTOs, its impact is expected to spill over to all actors in the regions who benefit from the results of commercialized research. The RVP will also build TTOs’ capacity to facilitate the commercialization process. The RVP implementation is expected to benefit TTOs through the adoption of a performance-oriented culture, backed up by monitoring technology transfer indicators. TTOs could become the drivers of this approach over time. RDAs and other stakeholders (including innovation agencies, clusters, and so on) will benefit indirectly through capacity building and will be able to follow up and scale the implementation of lessons learned from the RVP.
The RVP includes a series of hands-on workshops and individualized coaching sessions to selected teams of researchers to improve the technological and market readiness of their projects. The RVP’s capacity building initiatives will be deployed in two ways. First, the RVP will deploy short term (one- to two-day) workshops targeting researchers and TTO staff to create awareness and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities connected to market-oriented approaches to commercializing their research work. Through these workshops, the experts will identify the research teams that would benefit from a more tailored approach to pursuing specific commercialization opportunities. The RVP workshops will be followed by subsequent individualized coaching sessions.
The RVP program is being implemented through two sequenced stages to test the methodology, absorb lessons learned from the first phase, and design a possible scale-up at the end of the RVP rollout by local stakeholders, as follows:
// RVP 1.0 tested the methodology and identified the best possible approach. The WBG team led the engagement, with the program focusing on a smaller set of potential beneficiaries.
// Now that the approach has been piloted and refined, a broader program (RVP 2.0) is being rolled out to include all potential beneficiaries in the target region. The rollout of RVP 2.0 will leverage the lessons learned from RVP 1.0 and have two defining features: (i) a stronger role for regional counterparts (with international experts playing a supporting role); and (ii) participation will be extended to research teams from a wider set of selected universities in the NE region.
RVP 1.0 Supported Projects
Bipolar High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) for thin films deposition
– Senior researcher Vasile Tiron (lead inventor)
– Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
The objective of the project is the development of a plasma-coating technology which allows a better control of the energy transferred to the film-forming species with noticeable improvement of the coatings properties. The proposed technology is an extension of existing plasma deposition technology based on the operation of the magnetron discharge in high power impulse mode (HiPIMS = High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering). The proposed technology consists of operating the HiPIMS in bipolar regime (BP-HiPIMS), where the standard HiPIMS pulse applied on the target is followed by a positive pulse, which allows the energy of ionic species to be controlled, independent of the state of the substrate.
Hybrid mechatronic & FES rehabilitation gloves (IHRG) for stroke patients
– Prof. Marian-Silviu Poboroniuc (lead inventor)
– Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Iași
A new device which combines functional electrical stimulation procedures with mechatronics gloves to improve rehabilitation in stroke patients. The proposed hand rehabilitative IHRG system supports a balanced control between FES (functional electrical stimulation) and an actuated glove while taking into account the patient’s intention to perform hand/fingers opening movements.
Studies and research on degradable Mg-based alloys for use in medicine
– univ.dr.ing. Bogdan Istrate (lead inventor)
– Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics Department, Iași
Magnesium-based biodegradable materials are considered to be the third generation of biomaterials and eliminate the second surgical extraction of the implant in the classical implantation technique. Research centers and biomaterial manufacturers are directly interested in these results for the replacement of materials used in classic implants based on stainless steel, Co-Cr alloys and Titanium-based alloys.
3D Printing technology of nano conductive composites for GHz-THz electromagnetic device
– Prof. Ciobanu Romeo (lead inventor)
– Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Electrical Measures and Electrotechnical Materials Department, Iași
Fused deposition Modelling is used to build concept models, functional prototypes and end-user parts with engineering grade and high accuracy thermoplastics. The novel design of nano conductive materials, to respond to the thermal and mechanical parameters for filament extrusion for precision 3D printing and for electronic/telecoms components is deemed as a requirement by industry partners. The approach of the team is to have a service model based and supported by novel patent protected technology and undisclosed know-how.
Polymeric based lidocaine nano-formulation for pain therapy
– Gianina Dodi, Medical Bioengineer, PhD (lead inventor)
– Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași
The technology offers ‘needle free pain relief’. A drug delivery system, using novel polymer technology, allows the efficient delivery of analgesic compounds transdermally. The main perceived benefit allows improved patient compliance to medical treatment by providing efficient pain relief with less central nervous system effects and minimal drug administration.
World Bank Group – Senior Innovation Consultant
Leading a team to develop and implement innovation and project funding programmes across Eastern Europe with university and regional economic development partners.
W. Mark Crowell
World Bank Group – Senior Innovation Consultant
Providing international advisory services focused on entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems, innovation strategy, accelerator programs, research commercialization and spinouts, innovation district planning, and economic development strategy.
North-East RDA – Expert
Involved for over 12 years in consulting and facilitation services for various partners, in multicultural contexts and in mixed (social) business, non-profit, corporate and public administration sectors.
Assisting organizations to implement changes in their business models by identifying opportunities in the needs of users that have not been addressed, by co-creating innovative, agile and unconventional experiences.
North-East RDA – Expert
A highly-motivated and experienced professional with a proven track-record of successfully managing externally and EU-funded research and mobility projects in an international and multicultural environment, with partners from across Europe, who is also knowledge-savvy in innovation and technological transfer and has a keen academic and practical interest in program design and implementation targeting regional development and convergence.
The Technical Assistance Program - Overview
The Technical Assistance Program (TA), run by the North-East Regional Development Agency with the support of the World Bank Group in Romania, in the North-East Region, is a consequence of the „Lagging Regions” Initiative. The objective of this initiative was to examine the factors that hold back growth and investment in catching-up regions, to offer recommendations on how to unlock their growth potential, and to provide assistance in doing so.
The overall objective of the TA program is to increase the innovation capacity by developing and testing three assistance programs (RVP, TTIBP and SCRP) implemented in the North-East and North-West regions and a national program (PoCP), including monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. These programs are directly addressed to the knowledge generators in the region (researchers, universities, innovators) in order to create bridges between them and the entities able to absorb knowledge (companies, entrepreneurs) and turn it into products and services required by the market. The emphasis will be put on creating favourable framework conditions and developing the administrative capacity of the structures to stimulate collaboration and technology transfer.
The implementation of the TA program is driven by three principles:
- Demonstrating commercialization results. Stakeholders in both regions aspire to demonstrate a commercialization “win” by the end of the engagement.
- Stakeholder capacity building. The objective of the TA is to ensure that local capacity exists among local stakeholders to implement the RVP, TTIBP and SCRP at scale once the support program is completed.
- Agile implementation. This implies the adoption of simplified procedures to be continually adapted during the pilots and then codified into guidelines/procedures based on the lessons learned from the pilot programs.
The TA Program was officially launched in September 2018 and will run until the end of 2021.