The Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies (ProTech) is a non-governmental, non-profit research institute founded in 2005 by common efforts of research and business partners to create environment for industrially oriented technologies development based on know how and expertise of leading ProTech research staff.
ProTech was created as success story of FP5 Centres of Excellence project for Candidate Countries "First Step" which was targeting at establishing industrially oriented research facility of highest research expertise and with management team working according EU R&D projects management requirements.
The organizational structure is based on a model of networked organization. The institute is comprised of the administrative staff and mobile research groups formed from leading experts to work on a particular industrial problem and led by ProTech senior specialists in one of the priority areas listed below. Institute is working with wide range of industrial partners identifying technological problems and proposing fesible technological solutions through technology transfer activities or joint research and technology development projects with partnering research centers and industry. This way ProTech is filling the gap between knowledge generation and day-to-day industry needs.
Following this pattern, ProTech activities and competence are grounded in on the basis of networked, decentralized structure which is developing out of individual projects and performs a double role: on the one hand, it makes organizational management more effective while providing more autonomy to individual research groups, on the other, it provides more intensity to research activities conducted without strict disciplinary boundaries which are characteristic of traditional, bureaucratic research and technology organizations which often places limits to the interdisciplinary of science and its application for public and industrial purposes.
The areas of competence of ProTech are:
- Material science, electronics, microelectronics and sensors - technological development and applications for industry, agriculture, renewable energy generation, environment, food safety and health care sectors
- Photovoltaic technologies based on the principles of self-formation, silicon solar cells, their development and manufacturing technologies, other renewable energy and energy saving technologies
- Information and communication technologies: security of information systems, electronic time stamp generation and application, embedded systems, communication networks, ICT components
- Measurements and testing: measurements and testing of physical and chemical parameters of materials, structures and devices.
ProTech applies its competence at these industrial and public sectors: