TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICE (UTTO)

The University Technology Transfer Office (UTTO) participates in the country’s growth by developing partnerships with industry and socio-economic institutions.

It manages, protects and commercializes the University’s intellectual property.

The UTTO is composed of the Presidency Technology Transfer Office (PTTO) and each University Institution Technology Transfer Office (ITTO). It comprises interfaces, incubators, a nursery and a science park.

Goals of the UTTO

  • Link the University to industry;
  • Develop partnerships with the socio-economic world;
  • Foster and commercialize research;
  • Develop professional standards for continuous education, service delivery, R&D and intellectual property management;
  • Optimize use of University human resources and facilities;
  • Create jobs at the University laboratories;
  • Create job-generating Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs);
  • Develop an entrepreneurial culture among the academic community.

Missions of the UTTO

  • Develop partnerships with companies, public institutions and outside laboratories in the framework of projects financed by the Government, regional and local governments, public and private institutions and international cooperation;
  • Provide continuous training for socio-economic players;
  • Provide scientific and technological forecasting and competitive intelligence;
  • Facilitate the commercialization of research;
  • Negotiate partnership and technology transfer agreements;
  • Protect research via intellectual property rights;
  • Manage the University's patent portfolio;
  • Develop an entrepreneurial culture at the University and support projects for innovative enterprises by commercializing intellectual property especially that tied to spin-offs;
  • Coordinate the management of the University incubators;
  • Develop and manage, in coordination with industry, the University science park and nursery.


Governance of the UTTO

The UTTO is managed by a Board of Directors and a Steering Committee.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises University faculty and representatives from partner institutions who share the bureau’s goals. It sets the UTTO’s general policy.

Board Members:

  • The University president;
  • The University vice president for Research, Cooperation and Partnerships;
  • The University institution deans and directors;
  • Two professors, members of the University Council, appointed by this board:
  • The director for Scientific Research at the Ministry for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Capacity Building;
  • The director for Technology at the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Capacity Building;
  • The director of the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST);
  • The director for R&D and Innovation at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and New Technologies;
  • The president of the Association of Friends of Mohammed V-Agdal University;
  • The mayor of Rabat;
  • The president of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region;
  • Directors general of two large companies and one small-medium sized company interested in the UTTO.

The Board of Directors is chaired by the University president. The Board meets at least once annually.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee carries out the Board of Directors’ decisions, manages the PTTO, evaluates and reports the ITTOs’ performance to the Board of Directors, and creates synergies between the ITTOs. It is composed of

• ex officio members:

- The University president;
- The University vice president for Research, Cooperation and Partnerships;
- The University institution deans and directors;
- The PTTO head;
- The ITTO heads;
- The Nursery director;
- The Science Park director.

• Six members appointed by the University president for a period of three years; renewable once. They should be heads of the University’s research units or doctoral centers and represent the University’s major areas of scientific and technical expertise;

• Five experts from the socio-economic world.

Steering Committee meetings are called and chaired by the University President who may delegate his duties and functions to the Vice President for Research, Cooperation and Partnership

Presidency’s Technology Transfer Office (PTTO)

Missions

  • Provide scientific and technological forecasting and competitive intelligence;
  • Protect research via intellectual property rights;
  • Manage the University patent portfolio, write the patent specifications and give intellectual property advice;
  • Encourage collaboration and create synergies between the ITTOs;
  • Coordinate the management of the University incubators;
  • Develop and manage, in coordination with industry, the University science park and nursery.

Governance of the PTTO

The PTTO is managed by the UTTO’s Steering Committee. The day-to-day management of the PTTO is run by a Management Board composed of the head of the PTTO, officers, a legal expert and a secretariat (see PTTO organization chart).

University Institution Technology Transfer Offices (ITTOs)

Missions

Develop partnerships with companies, public institutions and outside laboratories in the framework of projects funded by the Government, local self-governments, public and private institutions and international donors.

Tasks and Functions

  • Provide scientific and technological forecasting and competitive intelligence in collaboration with the PTTO;
  • Negotiate, draft and manage research contracts as well as the laboratory service contracts for the institution laboratories;
  • Organize, in collaboration with the Institution laboratories, continuing education sessions for socio-economic players;
  • Facilitate the commercialization of research;
  • Protect research , in collaboration with the PTTO, via intellectual property rights;
  • Develop an entrepreneurial culture at the institution and support projects for innovative companies by commercializing intellectual property, especially that tied spin-offs;
  • Incubate innovative projects.

Governance

Each ITTO comprises a Steering Committee and a Management Board.

Steering Committee

Functions and Duties:
- executes the UTTO Board of Directors decisions;
- seeks proposals for projects and studies their technical files;
- monitors ongoing projects;
- approves the ITTO progress reports and forwards them to the UTTO for evaluation;
- creates synergies between the Institution laboratories.

Composition:

• Ex officio members:
- The Dean/Director of the Institution; - The Vice Dean or Assistant Director for research and the head of the ITTO;
- The Institution’s Heads of Departments;
- Six members appointed by the Dean/Director of the Institution amongst the heads of research units and doctoral centers for a period of three years, renewable once. They should represent the Institution’s main areas of scientific and technical expertise.

• Five experts from the socio-economic world.

Steering Committee meetings are called and chaired by the Institution’s Dean/Director who may delegate his duties and functions to the Vice Dean/Assistant Director for research.

Management Board

The day-to-day management of each ITTO is run by a Management Board composed of the ITTO heads, an officer and a secretariat (see ITTO organization chart)

Cell for Contract Research, Service Delivery and Non degree Continuous Training

Missions:

  • Coordinate the ITTOs’ contract research, service delivery and non-degree continuous trainings;
  • Create a database of company specifications for the aforementioned activities;
  • Organize, in coordination with the ITTOs, prospecting campaigns;
  • Prepare, in coordination with the ITTOs, call for tenders regarding expertise, R&D, and continuing training;
  • Set up projects, in coordination with the ITTOs;
  • Negotiate and draft contracts, in coordination with the University Office for Legal Affairs,
  • Monitor the ITTOs’ implementation of projects;
  • Supervise, in coordination with the relevant Presidency offices, the ITTOs’ administrative and financial management of projects;
  • Organize an annual “University-Enterprises Open Day”.

Cell for Incubation, the Nursery and the Science Park

In collaboration with the ITTOs, this cell is charged with:

1-Relating to entrepreneurship:

- Establishing a “Moukawalati” bureau at UM5A as per the terms of the UM5A-ANAPEC Agreement;
- Developing and implementing a training program to install an entrepreneurial culture among graduate students;
- Establishing partnership agreements with CJD, the FBPCE and other socio-economic operators likely to contribute to the afore-mentioned training program;
- Organizing entrepreneurship awareness conferences;
- Launching calls for proposals for the creation of enterprises targeting UM5A students;
- Mentoring project leaders.

2-Relating to fostering the creation of innovative companies:

- Fostering research with the potential for application;
- Training UM5A’s academic community in intellectual property;
- Developing expertise related to intellectual property
- (priority research, protection systems, drafting patents etc.);
- Identifying projects for innovative enterprises based on technology transfer;
- Offering trainings on how to create innovative companies;
- Seeking help from all sources including but not limited to the RMIE (Moroccan Incubation Network) and international cooperation.

Cell for Intellectual Property and Technology Forecasting

Technology transfer requires excellent management of intellectual property rights. Intellectual property management relies on technological forecasting and competitive intelligence.

TASKS

  • Promote the use of forecasting techniques to focus on research leading to application;
  • Help, in collaboration with ITTOs, research structures use forecasting techniques to avoid redundant research;
  • Provide intellectual property advice to researchers;
  • File patent applications and pay registration fees and annuities;
  • Draft and enforce licensing agreements for the commercialization of research, in collaboration with the University Office for Legal Affairs.

STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICE

STRUCTURE OF THE PRESIDENCY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERT OFFICE