In 2013, Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) was founded as a bold new experiment. It is a test bed for a new system of research management designed to prime the pump of industrial innovation and bridge the canyon that can lie between technological discovery and industrial application. JITRI’s goal is to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem in Jiangsu Province, linking the innovation resource of both domestic and international academic field to the demand drivers of manufacturing industry by building independent research institutes to act as engines of transformational research. These institutes are driven to be responsive to demands from industry, thereby bridging the infamous “valley of funding death” that lies between applied research and commercialization. By the end of 2019, JITRI had established a total of 52 specialized research institutes in the fields of advanced materials, energy & environmental protection, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and biomedicine, employing around 8000 R&D personnel. One hundred and fourteen world-class technology project managers and 131 JITRI researchers have been hired, and the JITRI network includes a talent pool of over 1000 top experts. Around 4,500 technologies have been developed, and over 10,000 Jiangsu enterprises have been helped by the growing JITRI ecosystem. Over seven hundred new startup companies have already emerged from the JITRI test bed. Indeed, one of the key performance indicators for JITRI Institutes is the income that they generate from commercialized technologies, and the volume of their cooperative work with industry.
JITRI is willing to assist overseas companies if they are interested to explore the possibility to set up their new technology R&D center in China. Funding, lab space, and talents will be provided to help the new technology incubation.
From our annual report, you can find more information about JITRI innovation system, JITRI partners (oversea partners, JITRI research institutes and core industrial partners), the investment model and examples from previous innovation projects. It could help you to get a better view of JITRI.