Technology transfer means transferring scientific knowledge to the economy for economic purposes. To make this switch happen, researchers should be introduced to this topic early on and teams who want to start a business should be supported by their university or research institution.
Dual use of GO-Bio projects
The benefits of GO-Bio projects are twofold for universities and research institutions: Firstly, they win valuable experience while supervising GO-Bio projects, which help optimise technology transfer at the research institution. On the other hand, the BMBF provides up to 350,000 Euros funding per GO-Bio project upon request by the institutions, if they have successfully participated in one of the GO-Bio projects until the second funding phase.
Creativity at universities pays off
The individual case being funded depends on the needs of the institution: Support is given to activities that help optimise technology transfer. These include the search for research approaches with good prospects for commercialisation, advanced training for students and employees, or coaching of teams that want to start a business. In the case of business ideas that emerge from research, it is very important to support researchers when creating business concepts, as well as patent and market analyses. For this purpose, it is possible to consult with mentors from the economy or order analyses. If a university or research institution has specific ideas of how to expand their technology transfer, it is in with a good chance of receiving BMBF funding. Five projects have been granted funding thus far.
Funded projects to boost technology transfer at universities and research institutions
- GO-Transfer – Promotion of technology transfer through the design and testing of formats and instruments to facilitate encounters and the management of relationships at Forschungszentrum Jülich
- T-Plus – Start-up scouting and start-up coaching in the life sciences to strengthen transfer structures at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
- Additional programme to promote technology transfer at Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH)
- EliSTA – Extended procedure for translation within the life sciences at the Technische Universität Dresden
- PEG – Reveal potential. Utilise inventions. Support start-ups – Technology transfer at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
- TU-LifeTransfer – Additional programme to increase technology transfer in the life sciences at the TU Berlin
The funding guidelines for the “8th GO-Bio round” contain information about the Zusatzmodul Technologietransfer.