Academic Expertise for Business (A4B). Knowledge transfer from Academia to Business - Creating Business Impact from your Research May 30 th 2013. Terry Stubbs A4B Development Manager. 6 year programme (part EU funded) A4B supports HE and FE in knowledge transfer activities to industry
Knowledge transfer from Academia to Business -
Creating Business Impact from your Research
May 30th 2013
A4B Development Manager
To enhance and accelerate the transfer of knowledge and the development of innovative key technologies from higher and, where appropriate, further education institutions to businesses.Academic Expertise for BusinessAims
TCF (in-house) prove demand
Proof of Concept – University IPR leads to spinout or licence deal
Knowledge Transfer – demonstrating capability, understanding problems, scoping projects. Services to industry should be outside of A4B project and at full market rate. Consider vouchers or SMART
Networking with Business and Academia
Collaborative Industrial Research and Experimental Development - Support for addressing an Industry Wide Issue
Revenue and Capital costsAcademic Expertise for BusinessTypicalProjects
Key to any discussion will be your evidence base.
If the proposal lacks sufficient evidence then please approach DRI for assistance. DRI will advise on their processes including how TCF is administered and the services they provide in support of your application.
I will want to understand the opportunity or problem the idea will address, business demand, key objectives, potential benefits, strategic fit, estimated cost and how the evidence supports your proposal.
Providing we are comfortable there is a good basis to progress we will then work through the proposal logic by considering four key areas: commercial case; strategic case; technical options appraisal and project plan. This follows the application format and is normally done in bullet point form.
Once we are satisfied with the project logic you should then complete the application form with the assistance of DRI.
I will be happy to read through the final draft once it has gone through the DRI process. Please get a colleague to proof read it before sending over to me.
DRI will then submit the proposal to A4B for independent appraisalAcademic Expertise for BusinessProcess