Started in 2013, TETRACOM was designed as a pilot project with a novel and unique vehicle to boost small-scale and highly focused bilateral academia-industry technology transfer in all ICT domains. The TETRACOM project has received funding from the European Union 7th Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 609491.

Coordinator: Rainer Leupers
Project duration: September 2013 – August 2016, 36 months
Web Portal:  http://www.tetracom.eu
Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH,  Germany, Centre d’Innovació i Tecnologia, CIT-UPC, Spain, Ctuning Foundation, CTUNING, France, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland, European Polytechnical University, EPU, Bulgaria, Fundación Universitaria San Antonio, UCAM, Spain, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, LUH, Germany, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, IMPERIAL, United Kingdom, Institut Jožef Stefan, JSI, Slovenia, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, INRIA, France, Liverpool John Moores University, LJMU, United Kingdom, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Technical University of Denmark, TUDENMARK, Denmark,Technical University of Sofia, TUS, Bulgaria, Technische Universitaet Berlin, TUB, Germany, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, UNIKL, Germany, Technische Universität Dresden, TUDRESDEN, Germany, Technische Universiteit Delft, TUDELFT, Netherlands, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, TU/e, Netherlands, The University of Edinburgh, UEDIN, United Kingdom, TTY-Saatio, TUT, Finland, Universita Degli Studi de Modena e Reggio Emilia, UNIMORE, Italy, Universita del Salento, USALENTO, Italy, Universita di Pisa, UNIPI, Italy, Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya, UPC, Spain, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, UPV, Spain, Universität Rostock, UROS, Germany, Universiteit Gent, UGENT, Belgium, University Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Croatia, University of Lübeck, ULUEBECK, Germany, University of Zagreb, UZAGREG, Croatia, Univerza V Ljubljani, UL, Slovenia, Uppsala University, UU, Sweden


The key differentiator of TETRACOM was an instrument called ‘Technology Transfer Project (TTP)’. TTPs helped to lower the barrier for researchers to make the first steps towards commercialization of their research results. During its three-year pilot phase, it has strongly demonstrated how to optimally address the gap to bring academic excellence to sound business results. With a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, the pilot financially supported 50 actual transfer experiments throughout Europe and helped to generate a multitude of new jobs, new products and new businesses. Additionally it established and reinforced long‐term collaborations (far beyond TETRACOM’s project end) on a local, national and also on a multi‐national level. Based on its highly recognized success demonstrating its effectiveness as key enabler of the digital transformation of the European Industry, TETRACOM has evolved into TETRAMAX, operating at much larger scale and with even higher ambitions (https://www.tetramax.eu).