Technology Transfer


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Idiap is committed to the transfer of knowledge and technology to the business community through an active engagement and partnership. The Technology Transfer Unit works in close collaboration with businesses to realize joint research and sponsored development programs along the research areas of Idiap. From small startups to large corporations, Idiap Research Institute is an ideal partner in “avant garde” technology and research! Technology transfer is one of Idiap Research Institute’s three core mission including fundamental research and education. "Technology transfer" si for us, the process that leads the technology (software, algorithm, knowledge, expertise) to be transferred from Idiap to an industrial partner or a spin-off for economic development purposes. This transfer is usually done by giving the grant of rights on the commercial exploitation of this technology (through license). We can therefore consider the process of technology transfer as a creation of economic value out of scientific discoveries. If the concept sounds simple, the path that leads from a technology demonstrator to an industrial product is highly complex. One reason is that researchers and industrialists do not speak the "same language" and their aim could be totally different. One of the fundamental challenges in “technology transfer” is to facilitate the interface between the knowledge and skills of the researcher and the needs of the industrial partner. Idiap has resolved this by providing a pluri-disciplinary team of developers, programers dedicated to technology transfer. Also, the incubator IdeArk (http://www.ideark.ch/en/), a spin-off from Idiap has the mission to enhance Idiap’s technologies and promote the emergence of new startups by providing workspace, financing and mentorship.

 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

While Idiap is very active in fundamental research and in the development of large collaborative research programs, we are also proud to be very much system driven, i.e., driven by shared long-term visions and continuous by-product applications. We are continuous seeking to foster our interaction with industry, through:
  • Collaborative projects

    Idiap currently has several (usually well focused) research projects directly funded by industries. In this case, the research project is precisely defined in collaboration with the two parties and resulting IPR is discussed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Creation of spin-offs or incubation of young start-up

    In collaboration with the State of Valais, Idiap has set up its own technology transfer and start-up incubation instrument through an independent company IdeArk. For more information, see http://www.ideark.ch.
  • Exchange program

    Although also part of the current Corporate Sponsoring Program (limited to industries), Idiap has set a large scale international visitor program.
  • Corporate Sponsorship Program

Corporate sponsorship program

As mentioned above, Idiap has a specific corporate sponsorship program to boost long-term interaction with industries through training of industrial visitors, joint research programs, etc. While depending on the level of sponsoring and the goals being sought, the main mission of the present sponsoring programs can be summarized as follows:
  • To ensure complementary funding for Idiap, while fully benefiting our corporate sponsors and optimizing technology transfer opportunities.
  • To allow the industry to be involved with current research.
  • To offer a platform for information, meeting, cooperation and interaction between industrial and research partners.
  • To encourage meeting and interaction between different industrial partners.
We have four levels of coroporate sponsorship:
 

Idiap Support Members

Advantages

  1. Regular information on the activities of Idiap
  2. Provision of publications and research reports.
  3. Invitation to participate in the annual Idiap Symposium. This provides a forum for the demonstration of recent developments, as well as the interaction between researchers and the different partners.
  4. Facilitated access to software developed by Idiap (in so far as the software in question is free of rights). In the event a significant level of support is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  5. Access to Idiap for advice and information on technologies within the domain of Idiap’s research. If consultation requiring a significant study is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  6. Mention as a support member in the annual report of Idiap.

Contribution Payment of a minimum amount of CHF 10,000.- per year.

Duration Automatic renewal subject to cancellation with 3 months advanced notice.

Idiap Affiliated Members

Advantages

  1. Regular information on the activities of Idiap
  2. Provision of publications and research reports.
  3. Invitation to participate in the annual Idiap Symposium. This provides a forum for the demonstration of recent developments, as well as the interaction between researchers and the different partners.
  4. Facilitated access to software developed by Idiap (in so far as the software in question is free of rights). In the event a significant level of support is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  5. Access to Idiap for advice and information on technologies within the domain of Idiap’s research. If consultation requiring a significant study is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  6. Ability to invite Idiap researchers for conferences.
  7. On request, and subject to the agreement of those involved, access to the CVs of doctoral students.
  8. A position for one or more scientific visitors, corresponding to a maximum of one person per year. The visitor(s) will have access to a work-station and administrative support, as well as the computer resources and databases of Idiap. They will be integrated into the research groups of Idiap and the eventual result of their contribution will belong to Idiap. The institute will be consulted on the choice of visitors, and will have the right of veto. The visitor will receive an allowance from Idiap (CHF 2,500.- per month). The remaining expenses and renumeration of the visitor are the responsibility of the sponsoring company.
  9. Mention as an affiliated member in the annual report of Idiap.

Contribution Payment of an amount of CHF 60’000.- /year (including allowance paid to visitor(s)).

Duration To take account of the stability required for research, in principle a minimum 2 year term applies, with automatic renewal subject to cancellation with 12 months advanced notice.

Idiap Sponsor Members

Advantages

  1. Regular information on the activities of Idiap
  2. Provision of publications and research reports.
  3. Invitation to participate in the annual Idiap Symposium. This provides a forum for the demonstration of recent developments, as well as the interaction between researchers and the different partners.
  4. Facilitated access to software developed by Idiap (in so far as the software in question is free of rights). In the event a significant level of support is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  5. Access to Idiap for advice and information on technologies within the domain of Idiap’s research. If consultation requiring a significant study is requested, a specific agreement will have to be established.
  6. Ability to invite Idiap researchers for conferences.
  7. On request, and subject to the agreement of those involved, access to the CVs of doctoral students.
  8. A position for one or more scientific visitors, corresponding to a maximum of one person per year. The visitor(s) will have access to a work-station and administrative support, as well as the computer resources and databases of Idiap. They will be integrated into the research groups of Idiap and the eventual result of their contribution will belong to Idiap. The institute will be consulted on the choice of visitors, and will have the right of veto. The visitor will receive an allowance from Idiap (CHF 2,500.- per month). The remaining expenses and renumeration of the visitor are the responsibility of the sponsoring company.
  9. Ability to request that the visitors be associated with particular research directions, at the complete discretion of Idiap.
  10. Mention as a sponsor member in the annual report of Idiap.

Contribution Payment of an amount of CHF 120’000.- /year (including allowance paid to visitor(s)).

Duration To take account of the stability required for research, in principle a minimum 2 year term applies, with automatic renewal subject to cancellation with 12 months advanced notice.

Research Partners

Research Partners are companies involved with particular research projects which finance a minimum of two researcher positions with a related contribution of at least CHF 350,000.- /year during a minimum term of 2 years.

As the main partners of Idiap, Research Partners receive all the general benefits offered to other partners. Research Partners have an observers seat on the Board of Management (except for closed sessions).

The exact benefits granted, as well as the amount of the contribution, will be determined in the specific agreements established with each Research Partner.In particular, the agreement will determine the definition of the research project and, to the extent appropriate, the terms and conditions in connection with the exploitation of the results.

The agreement also provide the way the association of the Research Partner with the project is presented and manifested.