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Our aim

We create strong, mutually beneficial, links between TERRINet and industry, with a particular focus on start-ups and SMEs. Such activity is tailored to promote technology transfer from academic research to innovation in industry, to support small start-ups and SMEs by offering access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities, and to create links to established robotics industries such as to benefit from their expertise, their robotics technologies, and possibly their financial sponsorship.

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Initiatives organized by TERRINet

  • Assistance for startup creation. The TERRINet Technology Transfer Committee (TTTC) will provide advice and coaching for researchers in the TERRINet partnering laboratories. Technical support will be provided by the TTTC to help preparing applications (e.g. by providing guidance and feedback on proposals) to funding schemes for startup creation in each partner countries (for instance the Innogrants at EPFL).
  • Help with preparing and submitting patents. Workshops on IP and patent preparation will be organized for all academic researchers involved in TERRINet. Information packages will also be prepared and distributed. A database of TERRINet patents will be created, maintained, and advertised to industrial partners.
  • Training courses on technology transfer and on startup creation for academic researchers (e.g. Ph.D. students and postdocs).

TERRINet TTTC has access to local information in all 13 partner institutions in 8 countries. Feel free to drop us an email to guide you towards each specific initiative.

Access to the research facilities

Similarly to academic researchers, access to the TERRINet research facilities will be provided to industrial partners. Industrial partners will be given the opportunity to submit applications describing their needs similarly to academic researchers. The TTTC will be in charge of assessing the applications based on availabilities, relevance to the research goals of TERRINet, and potential opportunities for collaborations with academic researchers.

Industrial outreach and assistance for startup creation

Each partner of TERRINet provides assistance and local information to help Entrepreneurs and outreach to industrial partners. Detailed information is available on the dedicated page for each partner institution.

Industry Day

In 2019 the inaugural “Industry Day” will be organized with demos, presentations, posters, panel discussions and booths demonstrating research results from TERRINet.

TERRINet is planning to organize workshops with industrial partners and stakeholders that will serve as brokerage activities with the purpose to create links between academic and industrial partners to seek further collaborative funding either at the EU or national levels, and to brainstorm about and coordinate new research venues and new applications of robotics technologies.


Coronavirus pandemic

Dear TERRINet applicants and future users,

we sincerely hope that you are staying safe in these challenging times that we are facing at the moment. The current emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our lives. The recent and progressive lock-down forced us to reorganize our working routines in smart working modalities and to shut down the TERRINet infrastructures. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Trans-National Access has been suspended until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that we will keep evaluating the proposals submitted for Trans-National Access regularly. Indeed, despite access cannot be allowed for a while, the selected users will be queued and access will take over gradually as soon as the situation will allow it. We also inform you that a special application mechanism has been settled in TERRINet to mitigate the delays that will occur due to the COVID-19.

The Open Call no. 4 is currently open: we are accepting proposals under the new mechanism called "first come, first served". Proposals are directly forwarded to the evaluation panel as soon as they are submitted. Proposals submitted closer to the deadline will be dispatched after that. The deadline for the Open Call n.4 will be on May 31, 2020.

Do not hesitate! Get this unique opportunity to be granted with fully-covered access (including travel and accommodation costs) to 15 leading European robotics labs and 100+ best robotic platforms and to get in touch with leading robotic experts. 

For any additional questions, please, contact us at info@terrinet.eu

 Let's take this time of the world calming down to plan our future. 

Stay safe.  

TERRINet team