IPO Fast Forward competition

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) launched its annual Fast Forward competition last month and Commercialisation Services would like to hear if you're considering putting yourself forward.

The Fast forward Competition has been developed to encourage universities and public sector research establishments to collaborate with businesses and local communities on innovative projects that benefit UK society and can help grow the economy. 

The main aim of the competition is to support innovative Knowledge Exchange practice – activities that set, test, develop or embed best practice in the sector. This may be innovative legal, business or organisational practice in a Knowledge Exchange Office; shared services across institutions; or funding and delivering innovative ways to translate the benefits of the research base into economic activity or to provide social benefit in the UK. Alternatively, this may relate to the establishment of strategic partnerships between Knowledge Exchange managers, or with business that provides social/economic benefits.

The competition will support innovative activities:

  • that would not normally attract funding from within an institution
  • that improve management of Intellectual Property and Knowledge Exchange
  • that place Knowledge Exchange activities in an institution on a sustainable long term footing, or that would not be viable without an element of external funding
  • that demonstrate a clear benefit to the institution and the wider higher education community to learn from the process and outcomes of the project

Selection criteria:

  • Does the proposal demonstrate improved management of Intellectual Property and Knowledge Exchange to deliver long term benefit to the UK economy and society, either in the narrow commercial, broader innovation and/or social environment?
  • What is the impact on the HEI/PSRE community?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate innovation beyond the expected function of a Knowledge Exchange office?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate value for money?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate a level of diversity?

The University can only submit 2 entries to the competition, so please can anyone who would like to be considered, e-mail Commercialisation Services to notify. It is also strongly recommended that anyone who would like to submit an entry to the competition, reads the previous year’s winners proposals which can be found online here.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Wednesday 21 November.

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