APCTT: Focus Areas
1. Science, Technology & Innovation
Countries face numerous challenges in deploying science, technology and innovation (STI) for inclusive and sustainable development. These include subcritical resource allocation, lack of skills, ineffective policies, delivery and support mechanisms and weak inter-ministerial coordination. STI programme of the Centre is aimed to assist member countries in addressing these challenges through strengthening their capacity to evolve and adopt their own holistic approach to the development and governance of STI strategy.
APCTT, leveraging its experiences of assisting member countries in the area of science and technology (S&T) policies, national innovation systems (NIS) and innovation management has identified the following capacity building programme areas relevant to countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Policies, programmes, delivery mechanisms and governance of systems of technology innovation at national, sub-national and sectoral levels;
- Technology innovation management by industries, R&D institutions and universities/academia
- Open innovation through public-private partnership and south-south cooperation;
- Grassroots technology innovation for inclusive development; and
- Networks of STI stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific region
2. Technology Transfer Support Services
APCTT promotes technology transfer in the Asia-Pacific region through its ICT-based networks and platforms and its advisory services. Emphasis is placed on facilitating cross-border business cooperation among small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and promoting technology based business partnerships.
Online Technology Transfer Support Mechanisms
Asia-Pacific Technology Transfer Market Service for SMEs
- The Technology4SME Database serves as an online platform for information exchange on the availability and sourcing of technologies for small and medium entreprises in countries in the Asia Pacific region.
- The Technology4SME Database provides information on the technologies available for transfer(technology offers), technologies needed(technology requests) as well as the opportunities for business cooperation(Joint venture and Partnerships).
- The use of Technology4SME database is free of cost.
Global Technology Databases
- APCTT has compiled a list of global as well as country-wise technology databases that deal with the technology transfer related services for SMEs and entrepreneurs.
- If a particular technology search has been made using APCTT's Technology4SME database and if the search did not yield desired results, the users could use this section to extend their search to other databases listed in this section.
- Over 15 technology databases could be readily accessed through this service of APCTT. More technology databases from countries across the globe will be added periodically for the benefit of SMEs and entrepreneurs.
Renewable Energy Technology Bank (RET-Bank)
The primary objective of the Renewable Energy Cooperation-Network for the Asia Pacific (RECAP) established by APCTT is to facilitate technology transfer cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the area of renewable energy. Towards this end, APCTT has developed a “Renewable Energy Technology Bank (RET-Bank)” of tested and proven renewable energy technologies (RETs) initially in the areas of solar, biomass, wind, mini-hydro power and geo-thermal energy. APCTT has developed this Renewable Energy Technology Bank as on-line technology database freely available for public access through its RECAP website.
Technology Transfer Facilitation Services
APCTT offers technology transfer facilitation services to technology providers and seekers, especially by partnering with its national focal points and technology transfer intermediary networks. Some important technology transfer facilitation services of APCTT include:
- Providing information on technology transfer, joint-venture, business/research partnerships and opportunities.
- Organizing business-to-business meets, technology exhibitions and technology transfer related conferences and technology dissemination workshops in partnership with APCTT focal points in the member countries.
- Providing support services to help techno-entrepreneurs interact with technology transfer intermediaries, source technology globally, and also explore venture capital financing.
Technology Transfer Capacity Building
Knowledge of and access to technologies holds the key to international competition in the contemporary global setting. SMEs need to acquire sufficient capacity building through both indigenous efforts as well as by acquiring and adapting technologies from outside. To support the technology transfer effort of SMEs it is also essential to strengthen their capacity to successfully handle the technology transfer process in a holistic manner and develop skills ranging from business case preparation, technology sourcing, technology assessment, technology selection, technology pricing, negotiation, contract finalization, implementation and impact assessment.
To do this most effectively, a programme of capacity building, including training of trainers (ToT) from SME support institutions, and other related organizations, has been developed by APCTT. This ToT programme has been successfully piloted in Philippines, Thailand, India and other APCTT member countries. APCTT will explore the possibilities of organizing more ToT programmes in partnership with APCTT’s focal points, nodal agencies at the national level including chambers of commerce and industrial federations in APCTT member countries.
3. Technology Intelligence
APCTT seeks to provide technology intelligence to help member states, their institutions and enterprises to address the challenges of today’s dynamic business and technological setting. Technology Intelligence activities of the Centre are aimed at;
- policymakers to keep abreast of emerging science, technology and innovation (STI) policy approaches and delivery mechanisms for technology-based national inclusive and sustainable development;
- small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to emphasis on technology innovation to succeed in the market and participate in the globalization of technology, and in making informed and rational decisions during the technology transfer process and;
- research and development (R&D) institutions to focus on new and emerging technologies for sustainable development.
APCTT periodically brings out as well as produces project based value-added information/knowledge products which could be accessed and downloaded for free from its ICT based mechanisms, especially through www.techmonitor.net.
APCTT’s online periodicals are Asia-Pacific Tech Monitor and Value Added Technology Information Service (VATIS) Update series on Biotechnology, Food Processing, Non-conventional energy, Ozone Layer protection and Waste management. These periodicals disseminate a range of technological information on latest technological innovations, technology policies, technology market, innovation management, technology transfer and events.
- Published since 1983, the Asia-Pacific Tech Monitor has been the flagship publication of APCTT. The Tech Monitor features articles under various special themes presenting trends in technology transfer and development, technology policies, data and analysis with respect to relevant issues, case studies, best practices and innovative technologies.
- Since 1993, APCTT has been bringing out the VATIS Update publications which are aimed at disseminating information on latest technological innovations and events taking place around the world.
Note: The VATIS periodicals have been discontinued as recommended by the twelfth and thirteenth Governing Council sessions of APCTT.
Value Added Information Products
- During the past few years, APCTT has brought out several guidebooks, manuals, reports, directories, handbooks and CD ROMs on themes that are relevant to a range of stakeholders such as policy makers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), technology transfer intermediary agencies, technology promotion organizations, research and development (R&D) institutes, etc.
- APCTT makes optimum use of the archived information from past issues of the Asia-Pacific Tech Monitor to develop specialist publications in technological themes of interest and disseminate these in CD formats to planners, policy-makers, researchers, and managers of technology.
Normative & Analytical Services
APCTT undertakes a combination of normative and analytical studies of regional relevance to identify trends, highlight good policies and practices, and foster regional cooperation. The current areas of study include:
- Science, technology and innovation (STI) diagnosis and strategy development
- Comparative analysis of national STI policies in the Asia-Pacific region
- Policy support mechanisms/instruments for foreign technology acquisition and protection of intellectual property
- R&D and innovation Management in new and emerging areas of technology (e.g. biotechnology, nanotechnology and renewable energy)
- National policies in the Asia-Pacific region for promoting and facilitating the development of technology-based rural entrepreneurship incubators and map existing incubators in selected countries
- Value addition to traditional technologies with the application of modern science and technology (S&T)
- Emerging global approaches in technology innovation and transfer of technology in current business settings.
- Scouting, documenting, protecting and commercializing grassroots innovations
Capacity Building in New and Emerging Technologies
Currently, APCTT assists Member States in strengthening their R&D management capacity in the area of nanotechnology. Under this project, the Centre organizes regional and national workshops and expert group meetings to enhance capacity of relevant stakeholders such as policy makers, senior researches, R&D institutions, SMEs and technology promotion agencies. The capacity building focuses on several critical issues such as: nanotechnology policy making and strategy development; nanosafety, standardization and certification; intellectual property (IP) protection of nanotechnology innovations; and commercialization of nanotechnology research outputs.
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