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Transferring Knowledge to Industry

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships (KTFs) and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can help a company use the results of recent research, by providing part of the cost of an individual to work on a specific problem or product. They usually involve the secondment of a member of university staff to the company, for up to three years

Care should be taken with intellectual property arrangements when establishing KTPs- for an effective partnership the company will need rights to use existing IP, and the company will demand unfettered rights to the results of the partnership.

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships can also be used to fund researchers from industry to join the Department for up to nine months. However the scheme does not cover either the researcher’s salary or the Department’s bench fees. Please discuss how bench fees will be covered with both the industry partner and your Head of Division before applying.

Knowledge Transfer Facilitators

The Knowledge Transfer Facilitators are available to discuss and support any activity related to knowledge transfer to industry or other organisations who may benefit from the Department’s research.

Licencing inventions and spin out companies

Granting licences to use patents, and establishing spin out companies are perhaps the highest profile, and easiest to measure, methods to transfer knowledge. Cambridge Enterprise will provide the support required.

Consultancy

Academics and researchers are able to consult to outside organisations in some circumstances. Cambridge Enterprise can provide advice and support, and working through them allows the limited use of Departmental facilities.

If your research is primarily management focussed, and you do not wish to work directly with industry, then IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd, owned by the University and charged with supporting the Department’s work, may be able to help.

Executive education and training

If you wish to disseminate your research through executive education or other short courses, then IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd, owned by the University and charged with supporting the Department’s work, may be able to help.

Suggestions to improve this page should be sent to Chris Pearson () in the first instance.