In order for a researcher to place their research results into society, effective tools have to be put in place. At the same time, not every piece of research has a practical application or its IP might not have any value, furthermore a technical validation is required to determine the interest of the exploitation of these results.
The UPV set up the INNOVA programme with the goal of facilitating the transfer of technology generated within the university towards the productive sector, and strengthening the relationship between research and industry.
The strategy is aimed at the research structures of UPV. Activities under the INNOVA programme are frequently linked to regional companies and help to create an innovative environment within the different research groups and centers belonging to UPV.
Founded in 2000, INNOVA has evolved since 2005 to encourage the actions related to proof-of-concept demonstration and valorization of IP and technology, as fundamental tools to support innovation. Initially, these actions were aimed at providing resources to research groups and research structures within the university, for the dissemination and management of technology and IP, such as attending trade shows, promotional materials, web page development, etc. Later in 2005, the programme evolved to encourage certain activities aimed at introducing the capabilities and research results from the UPV into the market, gradually giving greater weight to the actions related to proof-of-concept demonstration and valorisation of technology and IP, as a valuable tool to support innovation.