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TTO Circle's Members

TTO Circle's Members

The European TTO circle gathers the largest public research organisations across Europe. The network comprises currently 31 organisations (198349 scientific staff, 5243 softwares, 34338 patents and 4143 start-ups). The partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising their collaboration. They agreed to strengthen Europe's ability to create innovative products and services for the market.


The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: defence and security, nuclear energy (fission and fusion), technological research for industry, fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences. Drawing on its widely acknowledged expertise, the CEA actively participates in collaborative projects with a large number of academic and industrial partners.

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At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 22 member states.

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The CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) is a public research body assigned to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation, focusing on energy and environment and the technologies related to them. Its mission is to contribute to sustainable development of the country and to the quality of life of its citizens through the generation and application of scientific and technological knowledge. Its goal is to maintain its position as a centre of excellence in energy, environment and technology and in basic research.

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France’s National Center for Scientific Research is a public research institution under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. A pluridisciplinary organization, it covers all scientific disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, biological sciences, nuclear and particle physics, information sciences, engineering and systems, physics, mathematical sciences, chemistry, Earth sciences and astronomy, ecology and the environment.

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Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. Research at Inria is organised in “project teams” which bring together researchers with complementary skills to focus on specific scientific projects. With this open, agile model, Inria is able to explore original approaches with its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation.

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The National Research Council (Cnr) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. Cnr’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources.

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The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) is an independent and non-profit institution. DTI develops, applies and disseminates research-based and technology-based knowledge to the Danish business sector. DTI participates in development projects of public utility in close cooperation with leading research and educational institutions in Denmark and abroad. The Danish Technological Institute’s most important task is to ensure that new knowledge and technology can quickly be converted into value for our customers in the form of new or improved products, materials, processes, methods and organisational structures.

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Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energies and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)’s multidisciplinary competences and great expertise in managing complex research projects are put at the disposal of the Country system. Specifically, its activities are devoted to: basic, mission-oriented, and industrial research exploiting wide-ranging expertise as well as experimental facilities, specialized laboratories, advanced equipment.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its 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. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. 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.

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The European Synchroton Radiation Facility (ESRF) is the world's most intense X-ray source and a centre of excellence for fundamental and innovation-driven research in condensed and living matter science. Located in Grenoble, France, the ESRF owes its success to the international cooperation of 21 partner nations, of which 13 are Members and 8 are Scientific Associates. The ESRF is the most intense source of synchrotron-generated light, producing X-rays 100 billion times brighter than the X-rays used in hospitals.

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The ETH Domain strives to strengthen the competitiveness of Switzerland in the long term and contribute to the development of society through excellence in research, teaching and the knowledge and technology transfer. The ETH Board represents the ETH Domain vis-à-vis the federal authorities and is responsible for the implementation of the performance mandate defined by the Federal Council and the Federal Parliament, as well as for the four-year strategy for the ETH Domain and the allocation of federal funds to the institutions.


The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centres in Greece with well - organized facilities and highly qualified personnel. It functions under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. PRAXI Network is the Industrial Liaison Office of FORTH offering information, mediation and advisory services to all stages of the technology transfer and exploitation of research results process. Since 1991, it also offers brokerage and innovation support services to Greek SMEs and other research institutions.

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Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Their research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2.1 billion euros.

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The Helmholtz Association is dedicated to pursuing the long-term research goals of state and society, and to maintaining and improving the livelihoods of the population. In order to do this, the Helmholtz Association carries out top-level research to identify and explore the major challenges facing society, science and the economy.

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The ILL is the world’s flagship centre for neutron science, providing scientists with an intense neutron source feeding 40 instruments. A service institute, the ILL hosts 1400 researchers per year who conduct over 800 experiments. Research fields include condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology and materials science. Scientists at ILL investigate everything from fuel cells and new materials to biological processes, micro/nanoelectronics and the workings of the universe itself.

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Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.

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Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”. Research at Inria is organised in “project teams” which bring together researchers with complementary skills to focus on specific scientific projects. With this open, agile model, Inria is able to explore original approaches with its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation.

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The Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff is specialized in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, biotechnology, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies and nuclear engineering. The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society.

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The Leibniz Association connects 88 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services.

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The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. The currently 83 Max Planck Institutes and facilities conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements.

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RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden - is a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state. In global co-operation with academia, enterprise and society, they create value, growth and competitiveness through research excellence and innovation. The RTOs within RISE perform industrial research and innovation. Some of the RTOs also perform testing and certification.

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SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. They create value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. They conduct contract R&D as partner for the private and public sectors, and they are among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe.

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Science & Technology Facilities Council represents the Research Councils UK (RCUK) in the European TTO Circle. STFC is  a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and its goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world. STFC's strength comes from distinct but interrelated functions:

- Universities: it supports university-based research, innovation and skills development in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics and space science

- Scientific Facilities: it provides access to world-leading, large-scale facilities across a range of physical and life science, enabling research, innovation and skills training in these areas

- National Campuses: it works with partners to build Nation Science and Innovation Campuses to promote academic and industrial collaboration

- Inspiring and Involving: it helps ensure a future pipeline of skilled and enthusiastic young people

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Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Teagasc, through its research in the fields of agriculture and food, has a long tradition of adding significant value to Irish and international organisations through access to expertise, resources, infrastructure and/or intellectual property.

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TECNALIA works to anticipate future challenges to view, identify and implement technological, imaginative and creative solutions providing added value and producing real results. It is the first private apllied research centre in Spain and fifth in Europe. Its mission is to generate and develop business opportunities through research, and works on the basis of tis experiences and its specialization in each of the markets in which it operates. Tecnalia offers integral solutions by bringing together the technological and market capacities of its different Business Units in a pro-active way.

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The Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) includes 54 independent research institutions including research infrastructures. Its primary mission is to conduct scientific research in a broad spectrum of the natural, technical and social sciences and the humanities. This research, whether highly specialized or interdisciplinary in nature, aims to advance developments in scientific knowledge at the international level. CAS sees its role also in contributing to the specific needs of Czech society, national culture and competitiveness of the national industry through collaborative and applied research.

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TNO is an independent research organisation. It connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. They focus on transitions or changes in five social themes: Industry, Healthy Living, Defence, Safety & Security, Urbanisation and Energy.

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The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.

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VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. It provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advise industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. Climate change, food security, resource scarcity, sustainable energy, ageing popolution are among VITO's areas of expertise.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ldt is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries.  VTT has a national mandate in Finland. They use their research and knowledge to provide expert services for their domestic and international customers and partners. They develop new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. They cooperate with their customers to produce technology for business and build success and well-being for the benefit of society.

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The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Weizmann Institute has a long history of investigation and discovery rooted in a mission of advancing science for the benefit of humanity. In parallel, it educates a substantial proportion of Israel’s scientific leadership and advances science literacy in schools and among the public.

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