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Utilizing the Knowledge and Professional Capabilities of SCE, with particular emphasis on academic and commercial aspects.

The Institute for Applied Research was established with the goal of being a tool that operates alongside research & development and research funding at the college. Its purpose is to make the most of the technological-scientific capabilities of SCE, while contributing to the students’ training process and their future employment. As such, the plan for its establishment was designed as part of the overall strategy to maximize the capabilities of the college’s research faculty and its students, and of its physical infrastructures, while considering their commercial and academic aspects. This institute will serve as a significant factor in the training of students, as well as in the branding of SCE amongst other colleges and universities. 

From a commercial perspective, this strategy focuses on three levels which include:
(1) Implementing projects with commercial potential that are based on the initiatives and capabilities of research faculty members (in the framework of the Institute for Applied Research).
(2) The college’s implementation capabilities of engineering/technological projects, in accordance with external demands (in the framework of SCEHub).
(3) Promoting and supporting student-entrepreneurs along their path of establishing start-ups within the college. From an academic perspective, topics will be highlighted throughout students’ training path, exposing them to the various initiatives in the framework of either their final project or their specialization.

 

Modes of Operation

In order to identify research projects that have commercial potential for the future, the institute will publish calls for proposals amongst research faculty members, and will examine the commercial potential of the patents submitted through the college. In addition, the institute will encourage researchers to propose ideas for collaborations or for service provisions to companies/external entities. Furthermore, the college will enable young companies who lack independent research capabilities to conduct their research at the college, in collaboration with relevant researches in exchange for a fee, shares or future revenues. This type of collaboration is possible only in the case that the proposed research provides value to the students’ training process, and enables the conducting of final projects that have significant value.