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Knowledge Transfer

The NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES, previously Technology Foundation STW) facilitates the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. In this process it is important that a responsible approach is taken with regard to research results in general, and patentable inventions and discoveries in particular. AES aims to exploit and publish the results of research as widely as possible, whilst retaining the possibility to establish IP rights and to subsequently commercialize these rights and, secondly, to stimulate collaboration between researchers and various external companies. AES adheres to a set of rules concerning Intellectual Property (IP) that supports this mission. This policy is in line with the IP policy adopted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research [Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO] and with the ‘Rules of Play for public-private collaboration’ as presented to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament on 25 June 2013.

AES also offers knowledge institutions the opportunity to make their own IP and Publication (IP&P) arrangements with the parties with which they cooperate. In this way, we can respond even better to the wishes of the researchers and co-funders who are involved in the research projects

If knowledge institutions prefer to make their own arrangements, they must make this known – with the approval of the other project partners concerned – at the time the application is submitted, and have concluded the arrangements within three (3) months of receiving AES's approval for the project. The knowledge institution has the lead in making these arrangements. The arrangements will subsequently be reviewed by AES to ensure they are compatible with four criteria that reflect the task and mission of AES.

Make choice known on submission AES asks the party submitting the research proposal to indicate and choose, in advance, option 1: AES IP&P arrangements or option 2 ‘Own IP&P arrangements’. The two options and the attendant implementing conditions are described in the table below.


Notes on Option 1: when AES makes Intellectual Property & Publication arrangements

AES takes the lead on the subject of IP&P arrangements. Once a project has been approved, all users that contribute to the project receive a letter from AES informing them that the project has been awarded to the knowledge institution. In addition, AES asks the user to sign the letter to (re)confirm its participation in and contribution to the project, and its approval with AES IP&P arrangements.

See the Intellectual Property & Publication arrangements.

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