What is peer review ?
The objective of ASTP-Proton is to provide value to our members while increasing the attraction and credibility of the technology transfer profession. Even though there are significant differences in legislation and culture across Europe, sharing experiences and best practices between KTO/TTOs are important means towards this end.
Facilitating continuous learning at individual TTOs, by offering an objective Peer Review Service by experienced critical friends provides important win-wins since both the providers and the recipients will increase their knowledge and their networks – while best European TTO practices continue to evolve.
• Peer Review is a service for the members and by the members of ASTP-Proton. The Board of ASTP-Proton will authorize volunteering TTO directors and Senior Technology Managers to provide services under ASTP-Proton auspices. Only experienced, RTTP, Technology Transfer Managers from European TTOs are eligible.
• The objective is to create an opportunity for analyzing and improving the quality of the requesting director’s TTOs within his or her specific geographic, economic and political environment.
• Based on written material on the TTO and an on-site visit of the experts with interviews of key people, the team of critical friends will provide a written report summarizing their observations, impressions, comments, and suggestions for improvements.
• The cost of this service ranges from €8000 to €12000, depending on the number of experts involved and the scope of the review.
This service is brand new and we would very much appreciate feedback from our members, those considering the value of having “critical friends” on-site as well as senior people interested in providing such review services under the auspices of ASTP-Proton. Please let us know!
Meet the critical friends
The Peer Review services provided by ASTP Proton provided very sincere, constructive and ‘actionable’ feedback to my TTO, at the operational level as well as for my Board of Directors. We were looking for “critical friends” to give us advice on how to improve our organization, our operations, and our relationships with our stakeholders – and that is precisely what we got – from a group of people who truly understands and appreciates the fundamental challenges and the inherent dilemmas of technology transfer. We have taken to heart their recommendations, and we intend to invite them back later to assess lasting effects of the Peer Review.”