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Supporting uptake and use of H2020 Research and Development results

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META Academy

 Helping FP7 and Horizon2020 projects reach the market

Common Exploitation Booster successfully explored innovative ways to help EC research projects bridge the gap between creating and exploiting their research results.

All FP7 and Horizon2020 projects could ask the Commission for the tailored services provided by Common Exploitation Booster. As one of META Academy's family of "Research Helicopter" training programmes, these services cover:

  • raising awareness on exploitation possibilities
  • recognizing valuable and exploitable results;
  • anticipating possible conflicts preventing successful exploitation
  • setting up roadmaps for the long-term sustainability of project results
  • facilitating open innovation and (re)use of project results
  • creating value out of novel knowledge - for example, creating revenues, improving an organisation's skillset, preparing for patenting standardization, finding optional pathways for future work.

“Demonstrably successful...  demand outstripped supply

Feedback gathered from the first 83 services delivered found the approach “demonstrably successful”: 
  • 90% of the respondents were satisfied with the experts’ skills and knowledge
  • 80% found their contribution good or better.
Tellingly, demand outstripped supply: projects were still requesting CEB services eleven months after the budget was exhausted.

In late 2017 META began publishing a series of blog posts and downloadables setting out the lessons learnt, starting with:

CEB Services at a Glance


The services are free for the projects (except for their own travel expenses) and are offered under strict confidentiality agreements. Selection of projects and coordination of services is managed by the H2020 Common Support Center of the European Commission.

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