The TuRBO-SUDOE project consortium met at Santemar Hotel on Santander the 26th and 27th September, 2016 to celebrate the kick-off meeting of the project. This meeting worked to officially start the project, in which has been working since July 1st 2016 and it will continue until June 30th 2019. The beneficiaries could meet in person and also reviewed the activities, responsibilities and the project schedule, planning the tasks to be carried out in the project.
The TuRBO-SUDOE project, coordinated by the University of Burgos, was approved in the call for projects of the V INTERREG-SUDOE Program 2016-19 for its co-financing, by the European Commission through FEDER funds. The INTERREG call is a financial instrument that promotes research and technological transfer in the field of transnational cooperation within the SUDOE region, which includes the territories of Portugal, Spain and the French transpirenaic districts, with a commitment of funding that reaches up to 75% of the overall project budget.
The TuRBO-SUDOE project, which is part of the Research and Innovation axis, has an overall budget of € 1,624,792, of which € 1,218,594 will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project aims to bridge the gap between the research world and the business world by adapting R & D to the needs of three strategic sectors in southwestern Europe: agri-food, automotive and energy. The process proposed by the project consists of the preparation of ten Transfer Agents or Transference Brokers (TB), global experts in training and technology transfer. They will act as intermediaries between the research and the company and will create ten roadmaps to ensure the adaptation of R & D to the needs of companies in each sector. The TuRBO-SUDOE project has as beneficiaries entities, in addition to the OTRI-OTC of the University of Burgos, University of Málaga, University of Aveiro, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Centro Tecnolóxico Foundation for Efficiency and Sustainability Enerxética, Business Federation of Agri-food of the Valencian Community, Cluster Association of Automation of Aragon, Mecanic Vallée and Knowledge Foundation Market Barcelona.