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In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer

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A graduate student works with a laser particle analyzer at the National University of Science and Technology, in Moscow, one of several research institutions in Russia that will collaborate with American universities in commercializing scientific research

Credit: Sergey Kozmin / The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity initiative to promote stronger linkages between Russian academe and industry could help Russian universities adopt U.S.-style advancements such as business incubators and spinoff companies with an eye toward research commercialization.

The project will partner several of Russia's national research universities with teams from four U.S. institutions to learn about technology transfer and other industry collaboration strategies. Over the next two years, teams from the U.S. universities will educate their equivalents at the two Russian campuses on subjects such as assessing the commercial potential of inventions and harnessing the expertise of their business schools and their local business and finance executives. The Russians will consequently train academics at other Russian institutions.

The academic teams also will collaborate on the commercialization of technologies from the Russian schools, most likely innovations in disciplines such as computer science and nanotechnology. "It's a way to demonstrate some of the softer skills" that technology transfer entails, says the University of Maryland's Brian Darmody.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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