Management & support group
The Project Management Group at BIFI supports all members of the institute in the conception, writting and application phases for funding new projects. We also encourage the transfer of knowledge to society. This unit consists of Fermin Serrano and Antonio Remirez de Ganuza, two experts in innovation management. In addition, it collaborates with the rest of management services of the University of Zaragoza (OTRI, OPE, SGI, Red Aragon FP7) and with other forums like Tecnoebro, INZA or INES.
Services for BIFI groups
The tasks carried out by the Project Management Unit at BIFI are:
Detection of a financing or transfer capabilities of each group
Detection public and private funding opportunity, in national and international levels
Design and application of new collaborative projects and further management
Protection of results, generation of patents and promotion of spin offs creation
Information of the BIFI's scientific and technology offer as well as promoting the services delivered for companies and society
Response to demands for innovation and open collaboration between different actors
Interaction with other technology developers
BIFI representation on common platforms and business research
In the last two years, Fermin and Antonio have helped to achieve a very satisfactory numbers, summarized in 20 approved projects (FP7, MICINN, FECYT, DGA, Check Technology) amounting to some 3 million euros. It has created a network of contacts between research institutions and companies worldwide. It should be noted the high degree of acceptance of proposals, obtaining a 75% success rate in projects 7th Framework Programme (2011: 3 of 4 projects accepted). Only BIFI computing area has grown to 10% of active European projects across the University of Zaragoza.
It is important to maintain the external funding rate received both nationally and internationally. And it's time to increase the transfer of results through patenting, creation of new spin-off and generating new business innovation projects. Making public announcements projects in competitive bidding is not easy nor is work one day and, unfortunately, at this time is even more complicated both by public and private. But BIFI has a valuable research excellence and we continue to find appropriate financing opportunities for each project, and we will make new applications that show the quality of work we do and we want to make to the social growth of Aragon.
Antonio Remirez de Ganuza and Fermin Serrano
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