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  • The Technology Transfer Network (TTN)
    The brokers network was set by the European Space Agency (ESA) to support its Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) mission to facilitate the use of space technology in other markets. The TTN is coordinated by Satellite Applications Catapult (based in the United Kingdom) on behalf of ESA.
  • Our offer in Portugal
    • National contact point for space technology transfer in Portugal
    • Matching between non-space technology needs and Portuguese space technology
    • Support to technology commercialization and leverage indirect marketing efforts
    • Preliminary access the space sector by spinning-in a non-space technology
  • Your Benefits
    • New business opportunities in new non-space markets
    • Higher return on the investment in space technology
    • Contacting peers and new business partners in space and non-space sectors
    • Informed access to funding opportunities on technology transfer
  • Network Members
    The TTN is composed of 14 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
The European Space Agency is an international organisation with 19 Member States whose mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. Its job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.
ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO) supports technology transfer initiatives in certain ESA Member States through the National Technology Transfer Network Initiative (NTTI). National initiatives focus on their respective countries and facilitate transfers by matching requests for specialised technologies from the national non-space sector with technology descriptions provided by the national space industry. The NTTI also addresses the need for funding and other support and may involve local companies to provide this.
Instituto Pedro Nunes – Association for Innovation and R&D in Science and Technology is a non-profit private organization founded in 1991. IPN is a leading incubator and technology transfer institute in the Portuguese innovation ecosystem. It promotes innovation and technology transfer, being the main link between the University of Coimbra and the business sector. IPN’s work also encompasses R&TD in partnerships with companies, specialized training, dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge and support to start-up and spin-off tech companies, as well as advanced services on Intellectual Property (training, pre-diagnosis, patentability analysis and patent request preparation, support to negotiation and management of intellectual assets).

So far, the activity of technology transfer spanned across multiple areas (health,…), having participated in more than 200 R&TD projects in consortia or contracts, carried out dozens of technology transfer contracts, some leading to patented products, for more than 200 companies.
Through its business incubator, created in 1996, IPN has supported the creation and development of more than 180 technology and/or innovation-based projects with nationally and internationally distinguished results. The IPN incubator has actually won the “Best Science-based Incubator Award”, a worldwide contest organized by Technopolicy Network.

In the space sector, IPN has incubated some of the leading Portuguese space firms, such as Critical Software and Active Space Technologies, and has R&TD projects with major Portuguese players, for example EFACEC or Amorim Cork Composites.

At international level, IPN actively participates in the international networks EARTO (European Association of Research and Technological Organizations), TII (European Association for the Transfer of Technologies) and EBN (European Business Network), being an EBN accredited BIC.
The Satellite Applications Catapult coordinates the work of the Technology Transfer Network on behalf of ESA and is the first point of contact for network-wide issues and enquiries.

The Catapult is one of seven such organisations set up in the UK as world-leading centres of excellence in technology and innovation, each focused on a specific area of economic growth. The Satellite Applications Catapult is the centre for the development and commercial exploitation of space and satellite-based products, services and applications.

The Satellite Applications Catapult is located on the Harwell Oxford Science and Innovation Campus near Oxford in the UK. Harwell Oxford is home to internationally renowned large facilities such as the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron & Muon Spallation source. It provides a thriving multidisciplinary environment where the academic research and industrial worlds meet, encouraging innovation and the transfer of knowledge across sector and discipline boundaries.
Harwell Oxford is also the focus for a growing space cluster in the UK. The cluster includes, alongside the Catapult, ESA's European Centre for Space Applications and Telecoms (ECSAT), an ESA BIC, and RAL Space, together with a growing band of commercial organisations.

For further information on the Satellite Applications Catapult see .
For further information about the Harwell Oxford Science & Innovation Campus see .

Key contacts at the Satellite Applications Catapult:

Keith Mason – Principal Zoe Gayfer – Administrator