We place great emphasis on open innovation, in what might be defined as our more traditional commercialisation activities, as part of the spectrum of research and knowledge exchange. The establishment of strategic research centres provides a sound basis for developing a strategic approach to the commercial exploitation of our research and knowledge exchange portfolio. Across QMU there are a range of outputs and plenty of know-how created via research and other academic activity. Our commitment to open innovation is primarily focused on “Easy” Intellectual Property (IP) but some of our work may have commercial potential for new products or services and we welcome enquiries from stakeholders interested in working in partnership to explore commercial opportunities.

QMU actively promotes the utilisation of IP to achieve wider social and economic benefits and maximise the impact of its research. We encourage and support researchers to identify commercial opportunities arising from their research and then work with them to evaluate and develop these opportunities to commercially viable outcomes.

QMU Intellectual Property (IP) Policy

QMU has introduced a new IP Policy based on the principle of "Easy IP".  The aim of Easy IP is to maximise collaborative partnerships and ultimately, the transfer of university knowledge for public benefit.  Aligning much more closely with our institutional vision and commitment to impact and translational research, this provides a new IP exploitation framework to maximise user engagement with our research. 

A refreshed approach will support QMU in increasing partnerships with external stakeholders, collaborative research, insights into research problems and early product development. However, this new policy does not replace traditional routes for exploitation of high value opportunities or externally funded research.

Please find a copy of our Intellectual Property (IP) Policy

 

Contacts:

Externally funded research and grants/contracts

Research Grants and Contract Unit: rgcu@qmu.ac.uk 

Ideas creation and company formation

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit: rkedu@qmu.ac.uk 

Student IP and Teaching

Lorraine Kerr, Legal Advisor: lkerr2@qmu.ac.uk 

UK Industrial Strategy

QMU is internationally recognised for excellence in research and teaching in many of the priority and grand challenge areas.  Through the work of our Research Centres we have a range of international research expertise, and we have a growing portfolio of industry partners, from SMEs to multinational companies both within the region, the UK and internationally.  We have a track record as a selected strategic partner not just on the basis of our capability but also on our approach to managing these collaborations. 

In 2018, in response to the opportunities presented by the UK Industrial Strategy, we launched the first QMU Innovation Fellowship programme, supported by the Scottish Funding Council's (SFC) University Innovation Fund.

Connecting and Engaging with QMU

To discuss how we might collaborate, in the first instance, please contact the Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit, rkedu@qmu.ac.uk

 

Learn more about how QMU's diverse strengths and its collective ability can address the place-based or thematic challenges that are the foundation of the strategy.

Commercial Opportunities

QMU is capitalising on its key areas of research strength with the development of new technologies, enabling companies and investors find the best new technologies to help grow their own businesses.

QMU Spin Out and Community Interest Companies
Articulate Instruments

Health Design Collective

QMU Innovation Park

QMU’s proposals for the QMU Innovation Park (QMUIP) will support economic development both locally and nationally. It will provide a creative space where productive relationships between businesses, the university sector and the wider community can flourish and where entrepreneurial thinking and action can be nurtured on a local and national basis.

More information 

Business Support & Enquiries

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Business Support & Enquiries

Miriam Smith Innovation and Enterprise Manager 0131 474 0000
07872 128 688