LIH has been successful with the submission of a proposal for the Knowledge & Innovation Transfer Support (KITS) funding scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). A support of 350,000 Euros will help LIH in its endeavour to translate research results into concrete applications impacting on patients.
The objective of the KITS programme of the FNR is to provide competitive funding to public research institutions in Luxembourg that will allow them to attract and integrate highly skilled professionals in the area of knowledge transfer.
Among the two projects accepted for funding in December 2017 is “Project DEVelopment”, shortly ProDEV, conceived by LIH’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Office (RKTO). LIH already benefits from the KITS programme through the ACTOR project funded since September 2016, which aims at integrating the dimension of valorisation already in the conception stage of research projects. ProDEV will bring this sensitivity to the next level by maturing applied projects and developping platforms that will give the institute distinguishing features.
The funding will allow the hiring of a project developer for a period of two years. ‘Our team will be strengthened to provide professional support in business development to our researchers’, stress Dr Fabienne Roussel, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Officer at RKTO and successful applicant of the KITS project, and Dr Fabrice Mouche, Head of RKTO.