The TÜBİTAK 1004-Center of Excellence Support Program, which was created to enable the research infrastructures of higher education institutions to specialize in cooperation with R&D, and design centers and public R&D units, and to become a center of excellence and to transfer the products and technologies they developed to the private sector, continues.

Within the scope of the program, a call was made for the “TÜBİTAK 1004 Program-High Technology Platforms” in order to issue new patents, develop domestic and national products, and increase Turkey’s competitiveness in international platforms.

The 12 platforms supported within the scope of the second call of the program were announced at the TÜBİTAK 1004 Program High Technology Platforms Experience Sharing and Promotion Ceremony held within the scope of TEKNOFEST.

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“We aim to break a record today at TEKNOFEST”

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Industry and Technology Varank stated that they held this beautiful event within the scope of TEKNOFEST, saying, “It is a great TEKNOFEST. We hosted more than 600 thousand visitors yesterday. We aim to break a record today. I am already a little late to the meeting. I’m sorry. I was able to get on the back of our biker friend and come here like this.”

Noting that Turkey continues to make great strides under the guidance of the National Technology Move, Varank said that the first Turkish passengers to go to the International Space Station were announced, the foundations of Turkey’s battery production campus were laid, the New Altay tank was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces for tests, TÜBİTAK Vaccine and the opening of the Drug Development Campus, and the launch of IMECE into space.

Varank stated that they continue to share such achievements with the public, and that they continue their policy of works and services as they always do, “Despite those who say, ‘Turkey is in high technology, with added value,’ to a stronger and more prosperous Turkey, that is, the Century of Turkey. It continues to move towards the .

“1004 Program will increase our country’s high technology production”

Mustafa Varank stated that everyone has a critical role in this process and that TÜBİTAK, as Turkey’s national research institution, is among the institutions that bear the greatest burden on their shoulders, and continued his words as follows:

“The 1004 Program, which has brought us together today, is one of TÜBİTAK’s effective support programs that will increase the high technology production of our country. With the 1004 Program, we bring together stakeholders from the public, industry and academia, encourage them to cooperate in line with the same goal, and try to lead them. We ensure that domestic products that can compete in international markets are developed through technology platforms instead of high-tech imported products. Thus, we want our research infrastructures to be specialized and turn into centers of excellence.We have already joined the high-tech and industrial innovation networks platforms where we bring together public, private sector and university R&D centers. We will transfer resources close to 1.5 billion liras.”

Varank stated that these programs have unique aspects, aspects that they have started for the first time in Turkey, and that they want the public, private sector and university R&D centers to come together with the approach of development and success.

“The platforms we have supported before have already shown us that we are on the right track”

Industry and Technology Minister Varank stated that they want Turkey’s leading industrial organizations, the most competent academic institutions and the most distinguished researchers to cooperate and specialize by focusing, and made the following assessments:

“We definitely want them to transfer the product or technology they have developed in this expertise to the private sector in a commercial way. Here, we prevent the same works that are carried out independently of each other, as public, industrial and academic stakeholders come together. In other words, it also prevents the spending of public resources in different places for the same jobs. “In addition to the main products developed within the scope of the program, namely platforms, it is also important for us to produce some intermediate technologies. Thanks to the local and national products developed, as well as the researchers and trainees supported, we also increase the capacity of our human resources to work in high technology fields.”

Reminding that they have made two calls within the scope of the TÜBİTAK 1004 Program so far and that they decided to support a total of 8 platforms in the first call in 2018, Varank said, “14 universities, 19 private institutions, 2 public R&D institutes and 4 R&D and We support 984 researchers and 536 scholars on these platforms. Our fields of study include future technologies such as cancer-specific drugs, high-efficiency silicon-based solar cell production, nanomaterials, cellular therapy products and clinical applications. Half of the support period has been completed, these platforms have already shown us that we are on the right track with the products and technologies they have started to develop.”

“We will support 1,279 researchers and 111 scholars under the program”

Mustafa Varank stated that they decided to support 12 platforms in the call they opened in 2021, and stated that 77 institutions and organizations consisting of universities, private sector, public, R&D and design centers will take charge here.

Stating that they will support 1,279 researchers and 111 scholars within the scope of the program, Varank gave the following information:

“Our 12 platforms will carry out activities in research areas such as circular economy, smart cities, electric vehicles and battery technologies, nanotechnology, food supply security, sustainable agricultural technologies, neurotechnology. These platforms, which are undoubtedly created by Turkey’s leading organizations, will help meet the technologies that Turkey needs. They will play the leading role. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our stakeholders, who play a role in the high-tech products that will be the driving force in the Turkish Century.”

“Tomorrow we are going to the second of the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem call”

Industry and Technology Minister Varank stated that they have built a sustainable artificial intelligence ecosystem and established TÜBİTAK Artificial Intelligence Institute, and then they have determined that new approaches are needed that will mobilize all stakeholders at the same time to move the ecosystem forward.

Reminding that they started the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem Call, which they designed as a brand new support model for this, Varank said that they brought together the parties that develop, produce and need information with this support model, which was implemented for the first time, and that they opened this call for the industry, including production, financing, climate change. stated that they determined agriculture and food areas as priority areas.

Varank stated that they started to support 10 consortiums within the scope of the call, and the amount of support has reached 20 million liras as of now, and said:

“We are opening the second of our call for artificial intelligence, which has attracted great interest, as of tomorrow, by adding smart education technologies. Of course, there are important features that distinguish this call from others. This is the support model of this call. In this support model, on the one hand, there is a public sector that needs artificial intelligence solutions. will be an institution, on the other hand, this customer will be technology companies, technology providers or universities that will serve the institution and develop the needed solution. This is how we will open our call for an artificial intelligence ecosystem that will be for the public as of tomorrow. We will provide the solutions that the public needs through our universities and companies. We will develop and hopefully we will have artificial intelligence solutions together that will set an example for very good projects in Turkey and the world.”

“50% of the optional insurance of scholarship holders is from TÜBİTAK”

Mustafa Varank stated that he wanted to share an important good news about research human resources with the public and said, “When we encountered doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who received scholarships from us without working in an institution, there was a problem that he constantly told us; ‘Dear Minister, we receive scholarship from you, serious studies. They said, ‘We are doing this, but our insurance does not start. Can you find a solution to this?’ We sat down with our friends and developed a solution. In this way, our friends will contribute a little on the way to retirement, and we will contribute. Thus, the retirement processes that they always demand from us will begin,” he said.

“TÜBİTAK 1004 Program is an important opportunity for the transformation of the ecosystem in Turkey”

TUBITAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal said that he sees the TÜBİTAK 1004 Program as an important opportunity for the transformation of the ecosystem in Turkey.

Mandal stated that this program was opened in high technology areas that Turkey needs and said, “While we are running the 1004 Program, we are trying to create a family with TÜBİTAK’s other support programs. That’s why we think it is very valuable when changing the ecosystem.”

12 platforms to be supported announced

The 12 high-tech platforms to be supported under the TÜBİTAK 1004 Program are as follows:

“Uludağ University (BATEG)/Battery Technologies Research and Development Platform for Electric Vehicles. ITU/Environmentally Compatible Sustainable Advanced Vehicle Technologies Platform. Erciyes University (S-ATP)/Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Platform Compatible with Global Climate Change in Turkey’s Agricultural Production. Ankara University/ Tr.Aqua: Platform for Innovative and Sustainable Practices in Fisheries within the Framework of Food Supply Security, SUNUM (LignoNano)/Value-Added Advanced Nanotechnological Materials and Systems Platform for Sustainable Circular Economy METU MEMS- Maestro/Micro Medical Technologies Platform. Hacettepe University/For Healthy Living Next Generation Biomaterials Technologies Research Network Platform Istanbul Cerrahpaşa University/Development of Biomarker and Advanced Technological Warning Systems for Diagnosis, Treatment and Monitoring of Diseases Caused by Neuron Damage Boğaziçi University/Neurotechnological Solutions Platform Against Challenges Threatening Human Function. IBG/National Platform for Prevention and Treatment. İzmir Institute of Technology (Kuantay)/Quantum Çağlayan Lasers, Devices and Applications Platform. METU (SUIT)/Advanced Technologies Platform for Sustainable Cities.”

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, ASELSAN Chairman and General Manager Haluk Görgün, İzmir Institute of Technology Rector Yusuf Baran, Bursa Uludağ University Rector Prof. Dr. Ahmet Saim Guide, TOBB University of Economics and Technology Rector Prof. Dr. Yusuf Sarınay, Rector of Hacettepe University Prof. Dr. Mehmet Cahit Güran, TÜBİTAK Vice President Prof. Dr. Ahmet Yozgatlıgil, Rector of the University of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Cevdet Erdöl, Rector of Ankara University Prof. Dr. Necdet Ünüvar, Rector of Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa (IUC) Prof. Dr. Nuri Aydın and METU Vice Rector Prof. Dr. In addition to Mehmet Zeyrek, officials of public institutions and organizations and companies that created the relevant platforms participated.

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