The success of the KETGATE network is substantial dependent on the quality of service it can provide for SMEs. For that purpose it is imperative to ensure that the participating RTOs meet international scientific excellence standards. This assessment will be done by the KETGATE Board. However there are also other important criteria to consider when evaluating the capabilities of potential follower RTOs concerning SME service provision. Based on a classification proposed by the EU, the KETGATE-network has decided to use the following criteria to decide whether a follower RTO is suitable or not during the start-up phase of KETGATE: 1) Technology centres have to comply with 3 qualitative criteria
  • Provide services to industry and SMEs
  • Be active in at least one Key Enabling Technology
  • Be active in the higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) -have activities in TRL5, TRL6, TRL 7 or TRL 8
2) Technology centres have to comply with at least 2 additional quantitative criteria among the following 4
  • More than 10 projects with SMEs in the last two years.
  • More than 2 major investments in equipment for close-to-market R&D activities with industry in the last 3 years. The Centre should provide a short description of these investments (type, functionality and investment amount)
  • At least 15% from industrial funding in the total annual funding of the Centre in the last 2 years.
  • At least 7% from projects with SMEs in the total turnover of the Centre in the last 2 years.
The first three criterias (services, KET, TRL) have to be fulfilled mandatorily for follower RTOs. The second set of criteria should be fulfilled, however if a RTO does not achieve these key figures at the time of the application for membership, the KETGATE Board can decide to admit the follower RTO on a trial membership. In this case, after three years an evaluation is done to award full membership if the criteria are now fulfilled.

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