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CERADA – Central European Research And Development Area

Periodic Report Summary - CERADA (Central European Research And Development Area)

'Central European research and development area' (CERADA) is a project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. It brings together research and development institutions in the cross border region of Czech Republic (Moravian-Silesian and Zlin Regions), Slovak Republic (Zilina Region) and Poland (Slaskie Voivodship). Regions of knowledge general purpose and CERADA project main purposes are ensured by following achievements:

Planned achievements and its status:
$L1. Generating sets of documents for the CERADA clustering activities proving its feasibility, and sustainability; this will be prepared in conjunction with partners representing knowledge producers and applicators and accepted by local governments in the Regions. Charting the existing situation in the region in the field of data and documents; services, facilities, invention and information flows and interactions on the supply side of the research and development activities in the region.

Status - following documents prepared:
- Desk research of the regional strategies with some relation to the R&D sector
- Analytic summary (Deliverable 2.1) to identify and evaluate data and documents available.
- Database of regional R&D actors (Deriverable 2.2) to list the RTD private and public actors with an existing or potential activity in the sector.
- The catalogue of R&D capacities of regional research institutions (Deliverable 2.3) to identify and understand the regional state-of-the-art in terms of their capacity to produce, transfer and use knowledge in the focused sector, i.e. especially to describe the R&D capacities with regard to their exploitation for applications in transport device sector. It includes more than 150 research profiles, more than 800 partnerships.
- Summary survey and analysis of the regional R&D supply side - document incl. SWOT analysis (Deliverable 2.4) to analyse supply-demand matching and economic development needs influencing the transport devices sector and material research.
- Methodology (Deliverable 4.1) the documentation describing the process of building up CERADA joint space.

2. Building a team of trained and motivated technology transfer professionals and RTD project managers and conciliators with international background and skills.

Status - The objectives for the first period were the definition of the needs for experts and knowledge missing on the regional market and demanded by the SMEs and other relevant regional stakeholders (technology transfer actors), the preparation and delivery of an interregional event and the creation of a training programme dedicated at RTD managers.

There was prepared analyse of needs for experts and knowledge, absent on the regional market and demanded by the SMEs and companies (Deliverable 3.1). 164 contacts were listed, number of respondents - 74. The CERADA training programme focused on issues related to RTD project management was designed. It was agreed that the training programme would be delivered through four two-day training sessions. Sixteen professionals from the four partner regions were selected. Launch of CERADA training programme came through at the Interregional Conference Zilina (10/05/2010) other planned training activities will pass through second reporting period.

3. Moderating open discussions addressing and attracting SMEs and global industries and RTD organisations, both private and academic, to work together - through seminars, workshops, round tables, facilitated workshops, expert meetings and conferences.

Status - Discussions addressing and attracting SMEs and global industries and RTD organisations started at the Interregional Conference Zilina, (10/05/2010). The arrangements towards interregional workshops necessary to CERADA joint space creation have been set up and will be continued during the second reporting period. Further progressing towards the objective of CERADA clustering initiatives has been started and is in a process of safeguarding them as scheduled for the next period.