The first Innovation Relay Centre was established in 1995 with the support of the European Commission. This EU project aimed to create a pan-European platform to stimulate transnational technology transfer and promote innovation services.
Over the past twelve years the IRCs - working together in close co-operation - have assisted in over 12,500 technology transfer negotiations, and have helped more than 55,000 client companies to meet their technology needs and to exploit their research results.
The people involved in these IRCs (a total of nearly 1,000) are experienced specialists with backgrounds in business, industry and research. Until now they have facilitated and signed more than 1000 transnational transfers of technology agreements.
The five types of transnational agreements are: