Shared Services and Sectoral Commercialisation
Shared Services is a Helmholtz Association scheme aiming to increase technology transfer in the physical sciences sector. Funded by the Initiative and Networking Fund, this programme is another element in the new technology transfer strategy and will be complemented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Sectoral Commercialisation programme, which runs from 2011 to 2014.
The HEFplus funding programme gives smaller Centres and their transfer points the chance to improve the concepts behind their proposals and enhance their personnel by involving professional third parties. The Shared Service initiative complements this programme by making better use of the resources available within the Helmholtz family. Due to their size and specific experience, some Helmholtz Centres are particularly well equipped to offer expertise for technology transfer. Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) has built up a comprehensive patent portfolio and therefore has valuable experience and expertise in evaluating inventions and registering patents.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has launched numerous successful spin-offs and has been a stakeholder in several of them, giving it considerable experience in setting up spin-offs and equity holdings in companies. Smaller research centres in the Helmholtz Association can benefit from this expertise. In an initial phase lasting three years, the Helmholtz Association is looking to build up personnel at FZJ and KIT. The idea is to have a specialist both in Jülich and in Karlsruhe whom other Helmholtz Centres can contact if they need advice about how to market an invention commercially or start up a spin-off.