The CIIRC Technology Transfer (TT) mission is sharing the research results with companies or general public in many different ways: through formal licensing of technology, contracted or sponsored research, consultancy, students projects (thesis), publications in journals, at conferences, books etc. Here are the four basic ways how to cooperate:
Licensing, contracted research and consultancy
is the primary way of cooperating with industrial partners on well defined and time constrained projects. The CIIRC employees are ready to cooperate based on an agreement stating the project milestones. The contract will clearly define how to use and treat the CIIRC’s intellectual property (IP) rights. The IP rights may be exclusive or nonexclusive.
The sponsored research
is typically more future looking and longer research project. The agreement usually defines only the area and direction of research. Our PhD. students and the research staff are frequently engaged in this type of projects. The funding is typically awarded by EU or governmental offices. These projects may be cofinanced from industry too. Exclusive research for an industrial partners is also an option.
The MSc. and BSc. students projects
are typically shorter projects with very well defined targets. Usually we try to conduct these projects in full or partly as thesis. Students joining the industrial projects are usually supported by a scholarship. It proved to be a good practice to have an industrial mentor helping the student. We are usually not contracting projects where the students execute outside of the university premises. Exceptions may be negotiated when appropriate.
The research-in-residence program
tries to get the academia and industry closer. Under this program we offer a creation of a shared lab. A dynamically created team of CIIRC faculties, students and the industry experts work together researching and solving partners problems . This program is also governed individually based on a contract. The IP rights may be exclusive or nonexclusive.