The TU Delft makes an effort to turn its technical knowledge into (social and economic) value by commercialising academic research. Technology is transferred to the market through the process of ‘knowledge valorisation’, including cooperation with existing companies, conducting research and setting up new companies.
Scientists from the TU Delft work together with specialists from all over the world to create break-through solutions
By commercialising academic research, the University wants to contribute to sustainable and innovative solutions to social problems. The university adds value to society by making its knowledge available for commercial purposes, or conducting research commissioned by companies or international institutions. Scientists from the TU Delft work together with specialists from all over the world to create break-through solutions with an impact on society. The success of Technology Transfer therefore highly relies on the effort our academic employees make.
The TU Delft Roadmap 2020 sets out the strategic priorities of TU Delft in areas including the valorisation of knowledge and the transfer of technology to the market. These strategic priorities are detailed in the ‘TU Delft Valorisation Agenda 2020’, which was adopted by the Executive Board in March 2014.
At the TU Delft Research Exhibition (DIG-it!) 2014 more than 80 innovative research projects were presented, eager to find a way to society.
Read more in the TU Delft Valorisation Agenda 2020
The Intellectual Property (IP) of new ideas, inventions and software can be protected by means of the intellectual property law. This is the law that prohibits others to exploit protected knowledge commercially, unless the owner, the university, has given permission. Protecting intellectual property is an instrument of the valorisation of knowledge which, besides education and research, is one of the three core activities of the TU Delft. Read more about the IP policies of the TU Delft.
For an invention to have impact on society, it must be made visible outside of the University. This can be done by connecting the invention to a market party. The TU Delft investigates the best route to the market for all of its IP; either through license or a spin-out company. Read more about the Exploitation of Intellectual Property.
Dutch law in certain cases regulates that the ownership of intellectual property belongs tot the employer. This is the case for invetions developed by employees of Universities. It is however also stipulated that a ‘fair compensation’ should be given to inventors. The TU Delft has therefore developed the 1/3 policy, which states that inventors are entitled to one third of the profit resulting from the invention. Read more about the 1/3 Policy.