The Knowledge Transfer Expert is the professional responsible for transferring the knowledge generated in their institution (for example, a university, a laboratory, a research entity...) through agreements, licenses, or the creation of innovation companies. This professional will have the responsibility of turning the generated knowledge into value, which means transforming this knowledge into products and services for the market. Among their multiple tasks and functions are facilitating companies' access to scientific and technological innovations, participating in technology brokerage events, providing the necessary advice and support for the development of scientifically and technologically viable projects, or collaborating in the creation of favorable environments for the establishment of new technology-based companies. This is a professional who should have communication skills and initiative, as well as scientific, management, and business knowledge in order to have a global vision.
Currently, we are in a unique moment in terms of financing possibilities for scientific, technological, and innovative projects, with financing funds like the Next Generation Funds or Horizon Europe available in Europe. At the national level, a new budget of more than 3.8 billion euros for science, technology, and innovation has been approved, an unprecedented level of funding. In addition, there is a new transfer and innovation plan with a budget of 1.2 billion euros to transform the knowledge generated by our scientific community into innovative solutions with social and economic impact, with the goal of ensuring that this funding reaches society in the form of welfare and wealth, since Spain stands out for its leadership and excellent professionals in scientific knowledge generation. Specifically, it ranks 11th worldwide in terms of scientific papers published, but it ranks 30th in terms of innovation and transfer, which shows that there is a need for market-oriented profiles and that there is potential to transfer knowledge generation carried out in the institutions that produce it (universities, research centers, or other public or private research entities) to the market.
Technology transfer is the process of transmitting scientific and technological knowledge to third parties. The objective is to ensure that these advances are accessible to a larger number of users, so that they can further develop and exploit these technologies in new products and create added value, develop processes, applications, or provide a service. This knowledge transfer can occur through various means, such as publications, talent incorporation from universities or companies, conferences exchanges, or industry relationships, usually articulated through collaboration agreements.
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