This project aims at institutionalizing innovation, technology transfer, and capacity building within the Jordanian universities so that they become a pillar in the development of the national economy. This will help to utilize the abundant scientific research production in two ways; first by giving the chance to the researchers to apply their research results, and second by providing clear view of the technological need of the local industries so that the research and researchers priorities can be well identified. To achieve the aforementioned objectives, a reliable database of the innovative research projects at the universities and the problems facing the enterprises and needs, an innovative solution will be created. Another important objective of this project is to enhance the sector of innovation and technology transfer through capacity building of staff and raising the awareness of the innovation importance among the university’s researchers and the local businesses.
The project aims and objectives will be achieved via establishing Centres for Transfer of Innovation (CTI) at selected Jordanian universalities. The centres will help in implanting and further development of the National Policy and Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation which is the base of all currently on going and planed innovation support activities. The development of a framework for supporting entrepreneurs to help them getting their innovative ideas transferred into the markets is very essential. This framework may serve as a common model of Innovation and technology transfer centres in Jordan, to establish cooperation between representatives from researcher, student and business sectors and investors. INVENT project will enable the CTI to support reality-related introduction of research results into the educational processes and industrial application.
Another important objective of this project is the development of economic thinking and interest to use of innovation by entrepreneurs and business community to form a base for human development in the sector of innovation and technology transfer through personal training and raising the awareness of the innovation importance among the university researchers and the local businesses.